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DuPont Packaging Awards 2014: 16 Winners from 11 Countries

23.05.2014

Recognizing outstanding packaging excellence, DuPont has announced this year’s winners of the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Being the industry's longest-running, global, independently judged competition, these awards highlight innovative packaging solutions and collaboration throughout the value chain.

This year, the program received nearly 200 entries from 31 countries, marking the second-highest number of entries and broadest reach in the program’s 26-year history. Unilever (United Kingdom) took the Diamond Award top honour for its line of compressed deodorants. The international panel of judges recognized their entry for excellence in all three award criteria – Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience. Unilever’s new containers carry the same amount of product in a package half the size of the original. The smaller packages meet airline carry-on requirements, allow retailers to stock more products on the same shelf space and significantly cut transportation costs as more units fit on a pallet and into each truck.


Photo: DuPont

On May 15th, the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation were given to 16 winners from 11 countries, which the international jury had selected from nearly 200 entries from all over the world.


In this year’s DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation Unilever (United Kingdom) took top honour for its line of compressed deodorants. The international panel of judges recognized their entry for excellence in all three award criteria – Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience.

In addition to the Diamond Award, the panel of independent judges selected five gold winners and 10 silver winners representing 11 countries. Gold Award recipients demonstrate excellence in any two of the criteria, while Silver Award recipients show excellence in any one of the criteria.

“The Packaging Awards continue to celebrate innovation and champion collaboration,” said William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.  “We updated the award categories this year to reflect emerging trends and amplify the consumer’s role in driving innovation.” 

Consumer convenience earned high marks in this year’s competition.  Seventy-five percent of the winning packaging solutions bring a higher degree of convenience to consumers. For example, cardboard packaging from VerDeSoft, Germany, allows home cooks to prepare fresh pasta in three minutes by squeezing dough straight out of the package into a boiling pot. P&G in Belgium, Brussels, Singapore and Switzerland won an award for liquid cleaner bottles with smart dosing caps that automatically stop the product flow after dispensing a pre-measured dose. Ultra-high-temperature milk pouches from Parakh Agro Industries, India, keep milk fresh without refrigeration for up to 90 days and enable it to be consumed without first being boiled.

“DuPont Packaging Awards winners demonstrate the best of today’s innovative packaging solutions,” said Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging Awards program leader. “Unique designs and advanced technology are used more and more creatively today to package products to enhance user experience and convenience.” 

Several winning entries used DuPont products, such as DuPont™ Bynel® tie layer resin and DuPont™ Mylar® films.


DIAMOND WINNER

Compressed Deodorant Cans Contain Same Quantity with Less Packaging  
(Unilever – United Kingdom)
Won for Technological Advancement, Responsibility, and Enhanced User Experience

GOLD WINNERS

Cardboard-Pouch Enables Fresh, Easy-Squeeze Pasta in Minutes
(VerDeSoft – Packaging Design and Technology – Germany; Contributors: Frizle AG; ALB-GOLD Teigwaren GmbH; Martin Spiegel Kartonagenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG – Germany)
Won for Technological Advancement and Enhanced User Experience

Smart Dosing Cap Eliminates Product Waste with Single-Squeeze Dosing
(P&G – Belgium, Brussels, Singapore and Switzerland; Contributors:  P&G Fabric & Home Care Center – Belgium, Singapore, Switzerland and USA)
Won for Technological Advancement and Enhanced User Experience

Innovative Printing Technology Prints Directly on Rigid Containers
(Plastipak Packaging, Inc. – USA)
Won for Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging
Separable Pouch for Multiple Marinades Simplifies Home Cooking
(Amcor Flexibles – Huizhou, China and Singapore; Contributors: Nestlé Australia Limited – MAGGI  Stir-fry Creations)
Won for Technological Advancement and Enhanced User Experience

Film Pouch Brings Shelf-Stable Milk to India
(Parakh Agro Industries, Ltd. – India; Contributor: Elecster – Finland and ISF Industries – India)
Won for Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience
SILVER WINNERS

Green Water Cooler Bottle Made from 100 percent Recycled Material
Ice River Springs Water Company, Inc. – United States and Canada)
Won for Responsible Packaging

Honey Pot Shows How to ‘Bee’ More Responsible
(Betamiel – Morocco)
Won for Responsible Packaging

Stand-Up Retort Pouch Transforms the Latin American Food-Service Industry
(Bemis – Brazil: Contributor: Tradbor - Brazil)
Won for Enhanced User Experience

Infini Bottle Takes Lightweighting to a Whole New Level
(Nampak Plastics, United Kingdom; Contributor: Velocity - USA)
Won for Responsible Packaging

Microwaveable Sandwich Pouch Keeps Bread Moist During Heating
(Curwood – USA; Contributor: Hillshire Brands – USA)
Won for Technological Advancement

Peanut Package Combines Rigid Functionalities with Flexible Savings
(Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. – USA; Contributors: John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. – USA; Spear Systems  – USA)
Won for Responsible Packaging

Roast-In-The-Bag Chicken Package Minimizes Safety Risks, Maximizes Consumer Convenience
(FFP Packaging Solutions Ltd. – United Kingdom; Contributors: Faccenda, ASDA and ULMA spa – United Kingdom)
Won for Enhanced User Experience

Snap-Top Package Ensures Freshness for Mexican Deli Meat
(Sigma Alimentos – Mexico; Contributors: Sigma Alimentos (R&D, Marketing, and Processing Departments); Multivac and Winpak - Mexico)
Won for Enhanced User Experience

Soup Packet Optimized for Extended Shelf Life and Environmental Savings
(Mondi – Austria; Contributors: Mondi Coatings GmbH ; Mondi Coating Zeltweg GmbH – Austria; Afripack Group – South Africa)
Won for Responsible Packaging

Gatorade Bottle Gets Lighter But Stronger
(Pepsico – USA; Contributors: Stress Engineering and Tether – USA)
Won for Responsible Packaging

Note to the editor:
Complete descriptions, a list of collaborations and further high-resolutions images are available at:
http://www.dupont.com/industries/packaging-and-printing/media/press-kits/2014-packaging-awards.html

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers manufactures an extensive mix of adhesive, barrier, peelable lidding and sealant resins and provides a globally networked development team to work with customers on packaging programs that help protect the product, environment; improve shelf appeal, convenience; and reduce cost in the food, cosmetics, medical products and other consumer goods and industrial packaging industries.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit (www.dupont.com).

The DuPont Oval, DuPont™ and all products denoted with ® are registered trademarks or trademarks of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates.

Nilgun Turan | DuPont

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