“Innovation rocks” with 2013 Flexible Packaging Achievement Award winners

cq213brk FPA1Twenty-five winners were honored last night in the 57th annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition, sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Assn. Recognized for innovative enhancements that integrate consumer trends and needs with technical advancements in materials, graphics, structure and sustainability, the winners were revealed at a banquet in conjunction with the 2013 FPA Annual Meeting in Naples, FL.

In all, 78 flexible packages were submitted by 29 flexible-packaging converters. Twenty-nine Achievement Awards were bestowed within one or more categories including Packaging Excellence, Printing Achievement, Technical Innovation, and Environmental & Sustainability Achievement.

The Highest Achievement Award was presented to a Gold Award-winning package ranked by the judges as having contributed most to the advancement of the flexible-packaging industry. This year’s honoree was the Kraft YES Pack (above), converted by Exopack LLC, which took Gold – Packaging Excellence, and Silver – Environmental & Sustainability Achievement.

Designed to provide a flexible alternative to rigid gallon jugs, the Kraft YES Pack is an innovative and environmentally friendly, flexible, gallon dressing package. To provide ease of use by foodservice operators, Kraft YES Pack incorporates a two-handle design and a smaller spout, making the package easier to carry and pour. The use of flexible materials versus a rigid container affords the customer a package that was manufactured using approximately 50% less energy and 60% less plastic material.

The Gold Award winners for Technical Innovation were:

cq213brk FPA2The Beacon Converters/CardioFocus® Heart Light® Cardiac Ablation System Balloon Catheter Die-Cut Tray manufactured by Beacon Converters, Inc., which also won Gold – Environmental & Sustainability Achievement (above). The container provides a flexible-packaging solution for large, complex devices, using less energy to manufacture, ship and warehouse. Outperforming the alternative rigid-PETG tray, this package reduces packaging volume 32% and weight by 50%. Innovative design collaboration resulted in a die-cut tray with functional components, which are cut from a single sheet of 0.035-in. flexible HDPE. Key features include carabineer hold-downs that protect delicate device elements, and triangular sidewalls formed with a series of custom tabs that provide the tray’s physical structure. When assembled and loaded, this flexible packaging tray can be placed on a small mayo stand and act as a catheter prep table top in the confined space of an Operating Room Angio-suite. After use, the tray knocks down flat and can be rolled up for recycling.

cq213brk FPA3The Halls “Twistoff” Stickpack converted by Sonoco Products Co. (left). This twist-off flexible stick package allows a single cough drop to be dispensed without losing other drops from the package into your purse or pocket. The latest technology is Sonoco’s micro-perforated stick wrap that helps facilitate consumer use of the product while maintaining the barrier properties keeping the remaining product fresh. With a simple twist of the package, the consumer has their individual cough drop, and the rest of the product stays in place.

The Gold Award winners for Environmental & Sustainability Achievement include:

cq213brk FPA5The Eco-Ultra Motor Oil Pouch from Star Packaging Corp., which also won Silver – Packaging Achievement (right). As the nation’s first domestic, retail motor oil, the Eco Ultra Motor Oil FlexPak™ pouch brings together all the outstanding benefits of flexible packaging into a new product category dominated by rigid-HDPE packaging. The FlexPak pouch provides for significant reductions in materials, energy consumption, emissions, transportation, and landfill waste.

The Savvy Green Laundry Detergent Pouch converted by Ampac (below right). An innovative step toward recycling flexible packaging, Savvy Green is a great example of a new application. It’s the first primary flexible cq312brk FPA4package to participate in the HOW2RECYCLE program providing consumers with a path to recycling flexible packaging. The pouch displays excellent with improved stiffness and high-definition flexographic graphics. It meets No. 2 SPI ASTM classification Designation D7611/D7611M- 10, and is approved through Trex®.

In all, 16 entries won Silvers in the FPA Achievement Awards this year.

More info: www.flexpack.org

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