The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has announced the winners of its 60th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards. The winning entries were recognized at the FPA’s Welcome Dinner & Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, March 1st in conjunction with the 2016 FPA Annual Meeting (March 1-3rd) at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida.
This year, seventy-eight packages were submitted for competition, with a total of 164 entries (some packages were entered into multiple categories). Nineteen packages will be honored with twenty Achievement Awards.
The judges for this year’s competition included Eric Fish, editor in chief, Flexible Packaging Magazine; Bill Burke, executive vice president, Aperia International; and Dr. Robert Kimmel, Sc. D., Associate Professor, Director, Center for Flexible Packaging (CEFPACK), Clemson University.
A number of innovations offered greater convenience and functionality including zippers and Velcro and dispensing fitments. Several new film formulations offer both greater product visibility and strength. Sustainability continues to be a focus, with a number of entries reducing layers and downgrading thickness to reduce overall material volume.
Companies taking advantage of recent advances in printing made the Printing Excellence category particularly competitive this year. Printing innovations included promotional effects, matte films, varnishes and anti-counterfeit features.
For more information about the FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Program, and the 2015 competition, visit www.flexpack.org.