The 2017 competition entries demonstrated a high level of creativity as well as a strong understanding of the mechanical properties of flexible packaging materials and manufacturing processes. While every winning entry was designed for a different product, they each found an ingenious way to apply flexible packaging to satisfy the growing consumer demand for convenient, easy-to-use packaging.

FPA’s annual Achievement Awards competition recognizes innovative flexible packaging from across its membership. The industry also believes it is important to encourage and recognize students who are working to become the next generation of packaging designers. For the 2017 competition, FPA received 39 concept outlines from some of the top packaging design programs across the United States. From the concept outlines submitted, 13 were selected to continue to the development phase.

The first place winners were a team of students from University of Wisconsin – Stout. Two schools tied for second place, one was a student from Iowa State University, and the other, another team of students from University of Wisconsin – Stout. There was also an Honorable Mention awarded in this year’s competition to a student from Iowa State University.

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For more information on the Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge or the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition, please visit or contact FPA at 410-694-0800.

Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Winners

Top honors were awarded to:

1st Place1st Place: Wipes on Wheels - Student Team: Benjamin Huber, Brian Kuhns, Cody Marquardt, and Ashley Pratt, University of Wisconsin — Stout

2nd Place A2nd Place (tie): QuickFIX - Student: Nathan Davis, Iowa State University

2nd Place B2nd Place (tie): Single-Serve Microwavable Hot Dog - Student Team: Isaac Hines, Ryan Knudtson, and Sam Salewske, University of Wisconsin — Stout

Honorable MentionHonorable Mention: Ice Dronettack - Student: Zenia Adiwijaya, Iowa State University