Winning the 2016 Highest Achievement Award was Bemis Co., Inc. (Neenah, WI), for its Campbell’s Soup Ready Meals standup report pouch. The Highest Achievement Award is evaluated by the judges as possessing overall packaging excellence, significant attributes in all award categories, and contributing most to the advancement of the industry.
The Bemis® Ready Meals package is the first self-venting retort pouch for portable meals that looks and functions like a bowl. The BPA-free, microwavable standup pouch makes it possible to enjoy hot meals virtually anywhere in 60 seconds, no refrigeration needed. The easy-open tear creates an instant bowl: consumers can eat right out of the pouch, with easy cleanup. The microwave-friendly design includes cool touch zones, Magic Steam™ technology and controlled venting to eliminate hot or cold spots.
A number of innovations offered greater convenience and functionality including zippers and Velcro and dispensing fitments. Several new film formulations offer both greater product visibility and strength. Sustainability continues to be a focus, with a number of entries reducing layers and downgrading thickness to reduce overall material volume.
Companies taking advantage of recent advances in printing made the Printing Excellence category particularly competitive this year. Printing innovations included promotional effects, matte films, varnishes and anti-counterfeit features.
The six Gold Achievement Award winners include: Autoclavable Dispos-a-vent® Barrier Pouch by Oliver-Tolas® Healthcare Packaging; Daisy Brand Sour Cream Squeezable Pouch by Sonoco Flexible Packaging; Fresh N Tasty® Bakery 12-Count Cookie Pouch by Robbie; KOHINOOR Anti-Slip Bag by Flex Films (USA), Inc.; and Lay's Summer Promotion by Emerald Packaging, Inc.
Thirteen Silver Achievement Award winners were also named in various categories.
Judges for the 2016 competition were Eric Fish, editor-in-chief, Flexible Packaging; Bill Burke, exec vp, Aperia International; and Dr. Robert Kimmel, Sc. D., Associate Professor, dir.-Center for Flexible Packaging (CEFPACK), Clemson University.
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