Entries invited for DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation

By Rory Harrington

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DuPont Packaging has made a call for entries for its annual awards for innovation in packaging.

The US-based company said its 23rd Awards for Packaging Innovation would be honouring materials, processes, technology and service achievements that demonstrate an innovative approach as well as highlighting sustainability and reductions in cost and waste.

The deadline for entries is 28 February, 2011, and admissions will be reviewed by a panel of leading international jurors, including Alvaro Azanha, Sadia’s packaging technology director, Dr Martin Berlekamp, PET technology director at Klöckner Pentaplast and Jane Bickerstaffe from the INCPEN in the UK.

Other judges include Pepsico China’s food packaging associate director Geoff Giddens, Jim Hanna of Starbucks and Unilever UK’s packaging capability director Louis Lindenberg.

Criteria

Under packaging innovation the expert judges will be looking for creative use and employment of new materials. Responsible sourcing, resource and energy optimisation as well as clean production and effective recovery are criteria for sustainability. Cost and waste reduction will be assessed on factors such as lightweighting, the cutting of post-consumer waste, shelf life extension and efficiency during production and/or transportation.

The Awards are open to brand owners, packaging designers, converters and manufacturers around the world. Entrants do not need to use DuPont materials in their products, processes or programs. There is no entry fee and the judges’ decision is final, said the company.

Last year’s awards recognised an aluminium bottle developed by Exal Corp and Alcoa Rigid Packaging that were 40 per cent lighter than comparable PET or glass containers. Frito Lay’s compostable snack bag was also honoured. The company later made global headlines when it withdrew most of the eco-bags over consumer concerns the PLA material was too noisy.

Coca-Cola scooped an award for its PET plastic bottle made partially from plants, as did Cryovac’s modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for meat.

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