Ampac, a global leader in the retail, food, pet food, security and medical packaging markets, was recognized for Excellence in Packaging for its Sprout Organic Baby Food pouch, and Environmental and Sustainability Achievement for its Hormel E-Z ZIP pouch from the Flexible Packaging Association.
partnered with Sprout to provide a more sustainable alternative to standard
baby food products packaged in glass jars or rigid cups. Sprout desired the added convenience of
reclosability in case the product was not consumed in one sitting, and an easy
open feature to improve access to the product as well as for consumer
convenience. Although the pouch could
have been designed to be microwavable, Sprout desired a foil barrier pouch to
ensure the consumer would not use the microwave or any other potentially harsh
Ampac provided Sprout with a recloseable standup retort pouch with photo
quality rotogravure printed graphics and incorporated Ampac’s Linear Tear
technology for straight and easy tear opening of the pouch. Ampac also incorporated a retortable
recloseable zipper. The new pouches
achieved all of Sprout’s requirements and provide significant savings in
shipping and storage weight while also minimizing product breakage versus a
collaborated with Hormel to provide them with a flexible stand-up pouch that
uses E-Z ZIP technology – an improvement over a standard zipper pouch. E-Z ZIP
features a unique pull-tab opening that allows the user to simply pull away a
thin tear strip to access the recloseable zipper. The package zipper then can be pulled open to
dispense product and pressed closed to reseal.
A unique feature of E-Z ZIP is that the zipper closure is accessed
without having to tear off or damage the header of the stand-up pouch.
ZIP reclosable pouch incorporates improved filling efficiencies, easy opening,
tamper evidence, improved dispensing, and improved packaging aesthetics after
opening. Branding on the package header is improved which was not previously
available after opening. Improved reopening and zipper access, as well as newly
available header options were also improved in the stand up pouch format.
According to Sal Pellingra, director of innovation at Ampac, “We are pleased to
provide our customers with innovative packaging solutions that provide brand,
retail and consumer benefits as well as product differentiation. Working with
customers like Sprout and Hormel to design packaging that met specific
requirements, while building their brand equity is Ampac’s mission. Winning the
Flexible Packaging Association awards is testimony to our success in partnering
with customers to bring innovative packaging to the market.”