Winning entries to the 2010 FPA Flexible Packaging Awards competition were announced March 10 at the 2010 FPA Annual Meeting (March 10-12) at the Waldorf-Astoria in Orlando, Fla. This year’s competition received 85 distinct flexible packages, representing a total of 117 entries (since several packages were entered in more than one category). Of these entries, 22 packages were honored with 23 Achievement Awards.
Highest Achievement AwardGold Award-Technical Innovation
Product:Marinade On-Demand Package
Supplier:Sealed Air Corp., Cryovac Food Packaging
With the Cryovac Marinade On-Demand Package, fresh meats and poultry can go from plain to deliciously flavored in minutes. A two-part thermoformed rollstock separates meat/poultry from a restaurant-quality marinade. To begin marinating process, the end-user simply squeezes the marinade pocket to break the seal. This sanitary, controlled process preserves the quality of the meat/poultry and meets the demand for convenient performance packaging.
Gold Award-Packaging ExcellenceProduct:Amcor Contour Perforation – Emmi Cheese Plate
Supplier:Amcor Flexibles Inc.
Emmi’s cheese plate consists of a tray with four separate cavities and is sealed with a lidding film from Amcor Flexibles. The package gives the consumer the choice to either open the whole pack at once or to access the individual portions only, which helps to keep the remaining cheese fresh and reduce food waste.
Gold Award-Packaging ExcellenceProduct:Time-Wise Bowl Pouch
Supplier:CLP Packaging Solutions Inc.
The Time-Wise Bowl Pouch offers consumers the ultimate in convenience: lightweight packaging, long-lasting ambient-temperature shelf life, and a handy heat and eat experience. Heat-free handles make it comfortable to grip the package after 60 seconds in the microwave, and laser scoring along the centerline converts the pouch into a stable, easy-to-use bowl.
Gold Award-Printing AchievementProduct:Wellpet Package with KromaSilk Print
Supplier:Bemis Flexible Packaging – Millprint Div.
The Wellness Small Breed package was printed with gravure and KromaSilk technology to achieve a satin look with three-dimensional depth. KromaSilk utilizes a unique separation process that delivers a variety of graphic effects from silky gradation transitions to pseudo-holographic color shifts.
Gold Award-Printing AchievementProduct:Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolate Stabilo Bag
Supplier:Sonoco Flexible Packaging
The Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolate Stabilo Bag represents an improvement over an existing package. The package incorporates a quad-seal flat bottom bag, which commands excellent shelf presence. Furthermore, the package's 3-ply structure offers great stiffness and excellent machinability on quad-seal vertical form/fill/seal packaging equipment.
Gold Award-Technical InnovationProduct:Recloseable Retort Pouch
Supplier:Ampac Flexibles, A Division of Ampac Packaging
This recloseable retort pouch for Tamaya's Chilean Carica fruit products features a zipper that withstands the retort process. The linear tear technology provides consumer convenience by opening cleanly and straight every time.
Gold Award-Technical InnovationProduct:Fresenius Dialyzer Package Forming Web
The Fresenius Dialyzer Package Forming Web is an innovative flow wrap package that is cost competitive and features a two-component thermoformable Nylon/PE-laminated bottom web sealed to coated Tyvek. Through this package, the customer also improved sterilization techniques and converted from an EO gas to an E-Beam radiation technique.
Gold Award-Environmental & Sustainability AchievementProduct:Stratos Hand Wrap
The Stratos Hand Wrap is an ultra-performance stretch film with folded edges. The film formulation offers the perfect balance of stiffness for high load containment, elasticity to allow the user to pull the film tight around a load, and superior puncture resistance.
Gold Award-Environmental & Sustainability AchievementProduct:PFOA-free Microwave Popcorn Bag
The PFOA-free Microwave Popcorn Bag introduces Solvay Solexis’ grease-resistant coatings that eliminate the introduction of PFOA into the environment, thereby eliminating the potential for bio-accumulation from microwave popcorn bags.
Silver Award-Packaging Excellence
Supplier: Amcor Flexibles Inc.
Kerry Foods’ Cheestrings Shots are aimed at children and promote a “shake and shoot” consumption behavior. The Amcor Stickpack aids in the fun nature of the new product. A child-friendly, easy opening has been achieved by applying micro-perforation on the top of the package. Consumers simply shake the pack, tear it open, and “shoot” the Cheestrings Shots into their mouths. The package combines high barrier properties with an easy-opening and direct consumption from the package.
Silver Award-Packaging ExcellenceProduct:Club des Sommeliers 3-Liter Bag without a Box
Supplier:CLP Packaging Solutions
The Club des Sommeliers 3-Liter Bag without a Box pouch is efficient on the packaging line, convenient and sanitary in the kitchen or bar, and eye-catching wherever it appears. Eliminating the need for the cardboard box used in typical bag-in-box designs, the Bag without a Box removes a cost element, logistical challenge, and breeding ground for microbes and pests. The technology is extremely versatile, and it is being used for products ranging from soups to antifreeze.
Silver Award-Packaging ExcellenceProduct:Dispos-a-vent
Supplier:Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging
The Dispos-a-Vent is a combination of good design and good manufacturing capabilities, which result in reduced cost and time for OEMs. The package eliminates the potential compromise in sterility by providing a generous high barrier film or foil pouch area for easy product transport after sterilization.
Silver Award-Packaging ExcellenceProduct:Preserve Toothbrush
The Preserve Toothbrush Pouch is a totally unique packaging product in the marketplace. It distinguishes itself from the competition by virtue of its unusual package design and its “second life” as a postage paid return mailer.
Silver Award-Printing AchievementProduct:Kaytee Flat Bottom Package
Supplier:Bemis Flexible Packaging – Milprint Div.
Kaytee pet care products continue to enhance packaging for pet food with features such as the press-to-close zipper and package graphics that identify the product’s benefits. The true flat bottom bag provides all these benefits in one. Increased film stiffness from the four corner seals provides the consumer with the feel of a durable package. These features along with enhanced graphics provide the consumer with an unbeatable combination of innovation and shelf appeal.
Silver Award-Printing AchievementProduct:Color Shift Promotional Shrink Sleeve
Supplier:CL&D Graphics Inc.
As private label brands gain market share in the retail world, the competition landscape is becoming more aggressive. Creating new and innovative packaging is one of the ways to retain and grow appeal with customers. By creating an environmentally friendly ink system that creates a shimmer and reflective effect, clients are getting the results they want without having to invest in expensive foils, solvent inks or UV chemicals.
Silver Award-Printing AchievementProduct:Aloe There Swedish Beauty Botanica
Supplier:Prime Graphics Inc.
The challenge was to give the customer a product that was brilliant and very clean looking. The customer’s expectations were met with an exceptional print job that includes tight registration, proper color and shading in the graphics.
Silver Award-Printing AchievementProduct:Halls Nite
Supplier:Sonoco Flexible Packaging
The Halls Nite is a new Halls product, which is sold as a confectionary product globally and not as an over-the-counter medication. The printing process and the colors chosen for these designs make the Halls Nite a beautiful package with great shelf appeal.
Silver Award-Technical InnovationProduct:High Chemical Resistance Pouch
Supplier:American Packaging Corp.
The High Chemical Resistant Pouch is a new extrusion lamination option for pouches requiring high chemical resistance. This structure can withstand a multitude of chemicals and solutions, without compromising lamination bond strength or seal integrity for long periods of time.
Silver Award-Technical InnovationProduct:Isotech Bag
Supplier:Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging
The Isotech Bag provides a method for the aseptic transfer of large quantities of parenteral packaging components into barrier isolators and automated filling lines. Components such as stoppers and vials are packaged in one flexible high strength bag. Feature and benefits include ports for ease of connection to barrier isolators, inner bag for sterile product transfer through port, permanent seals and puncture resistance to prevent product breakthrough.
Silver Award-Technical InnovationProduct:Tamper Evident Shipping Solution
Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Engineering and Development Center (NSRDEC), the Tamper Evident Package Shipping Solution package is highly creative and innovative, addressing the issue of security in the product distribution chain for unitized loads. This is particularly important in shipping products that are susceptible to theft or tampering, such as U.S. military rations, and high-value items, such as watches and razor blades. The groundbreaking combination of printing and RFID technologies yields security of supply and enhanced product safety.
Silver Award-Environmental & Sustainability Achievement
Supplier: Ampac Flexibles, A Division of Ampac Packaging
Silver Award-Environmental & Sustainability AchievementProduct:Key West Gourmet Chowders
This package is truly a trailblazer in the movement to eco-friendly packaging. By using completely sustainable materials, which are compostable, Key West Gourmet and Genpak LP are proving that there are eco-friendly solutions to flexible packaging.