Parkside has won a 2017 global World Food Innovation Award for its compostable pack for an energy bar made from powdered cricket flour.

“Our customer, Next Step Foods Ltd., wanted to ensure that the natural benefits of its Yumpa product were fully reflected in the packaging used to wrap it,” says Pete Ford, new business development manager at Parkside. “We worked together to deliver a solution that fully complied with the brief.”
Parkside created a natural, sustainable pack with both the packaging and contents being produced from plant-based materials.The pack was crowned winner in the Best Sustainable category during the awards held at IFE in London in March.

“Products such as the Yumba bar, with its compostable packaging design, address an increasing desire from consumers who are seeking to purchase more environmentally friendly products,” Ford says. “We are proud of this pack and what it offers to today’s food and drink market. Conventionally, flexible packaging has not been recyclable and has therefore ended up in landfill or incineration post-consumer use. With the compostable pack from Parkside, we now have a truly sustainable option for brands and retailers to minimize this issue.”

The judging panel at the awards considered 265 entries from 29 countries in 23 categories. The compostable pack beat off competition from One World Packaging and W-Cycle for their oven-friendly OK Compost containers and “hotray” products, respectively.

“This is the third annual World Food Innovation Awards, and every year we are fascinated by the real level of innovation that is shown within the entries,” says Isabel Sturgess, FoodBev Media’s marketing director. “We see new flavors, new concepts, all the way to clever packaging and successes in environmental responsibility. The World Food Innovation Awards really showcase the best of the best in the global food and beverage industry.”