Taking the 2017 Highest Achievement Award was the Hunt’s® Recipe Ready® Tomato Paste Pouch, converted by Bemis Co. (Neenah, WI). The package also won Gold Awards for Extending the Use of Flexible Packaging, Packaging Excellence and Sustainability, as well as a Silver Award for Printing and Shelf Impact.
Hunt’s® Recipe Ready® pouches create a fresh take on the ubiquitous 6-oz tomato paste can. The new tomato paste in a pouch delivers unprecedented convenience with mess-free, pre-measured 2-Tbsp portions. Consumers simply tear, dispense and toss, with no excess waste. Advanced BPA-free barrier films withstand the acidic paste and hot-fill process, deliver a one-year shelf life and offer significant sustainability gains over cans. Vibrant graphics communicate benefits and quality to brand-loyal Hunt’s consumers.
The 2017 Gold Award winners include Amcor’s Fortis™ Medical Breather Bag by Amcor Flexibles; Cape Code Bags of Cash promo package by Printpack; Clinic Plus shampoo standup pouch by Paharpur 3P; Nudges® Grillers Dog Treats standup pouch by American Packaging Corp.; Shaker Bag by Precision Color Graphics, Ltd., & Specialty Packaging Technologies, Inc.; and Waterless Internet Flower Packaging film by Flex Films (USA), Inc. Twelve packages were honored with 2017 Silver Awards.
The judges for this year’s competition included Eric Fish, editor-in-chief of Flexible Packaging Magazine; Dr. Robert Kimmel, Sc.D., associate professor, dir.-Center for Flexible Packaging (CEFPACK) at Clemson University; and Dr. Michael Richmond, vp-Consulting Solutions, Packaging, HAVI.
“This is a year of more,” according to Richmond, “there’s more innovation, there’s more sustainability, there’s more non-food, there are more holistic solutions.”
Sustainability continues to be a focus, with a number of entries reducing layers and downgrading thickness to reduce overall material volume. Several entries addressed how flexible packaging can help reduce food waste.
There was an increase in the number of entries relating to the healthcare industry that showcased innovation, both for reducing materials and using materials more efficiently. The entries recognized the need for sterility and customer convenience.
Several of the entries also highlighted the transition of products previously packaged in rigid containers to flexible packaging.
More info: www.flexpack.org