DuPont Announces Packaging Award Winners: Collaboration, Protection Dominate Themes

DuPont celebrated the silver anniversary of its global packaging awards program last night, granting top honors to U.K.-based design firm pi global for AidPod, which delivers life-saving medicine to remote sub-Saharan villages.  This unique packaging and distribution program captured the premier Diamond and the Special 25th Anniversary ‘Food Security’ award.

“Twenty-five years ago we saw the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation program as an opportunity to connect with this vibrant industry and to champion collaboration as a critical component in innovation,” said William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.  “Twenty-five years later – as we look back at breakthrough winners and celebrate this year’s winners – it’s clear that collaboration remains central to bringing innovation to market.”

Winners of the 2013 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

This year’s top winner epitomized collaboration and showcased how packaging adds value, according to Shanna Moore, leader of the DuPont Packaging Awards program.  AidPod was developed by pi 3 for ColaLife, an independent non-profit organization that leverages The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) distribution network to get medicines and instructions to remote areas. The AidPod is a self-contained anti- diarrheal kit that tucks between bottles in Coca-Cola crates.  This winning-generation AidPod has evolved to become part of the kit itself, serving as both a single, measured dose mixing and drinking vessel.

“It’s not just small packages that good things come in — it’s clever ones, too,” U.S. Senator Chris Coons said. “The AidPod is proof that the combination of ingenuity, innovation, and inspiration is powerful enough to overcome the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. ColaLife and pi3’s pairing of smart packaging with an effective distribution platform has enormous potential to make a real difference in sub-Saharan Africa.” Senator Coons is chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.

As part of the quarter-century celebration, DuPont highlighted past winners whose breakthrough projects ushered in significant societal change and looked ahead at how packaging can shape society’s future- access the infographic here. The event also honored past winners who have won five or more times with a DuPont Continuing Innovation Award.  “The 25th anniversary event was a chance for packaging to shed its ‘silent hero’ role, step into the limelight and accept the accolades,” said Moore.

The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest-running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain. Each year an esteemed panel awards diamond, gold or silver honors based on “excellence” in one or all of three categories: Innovation; Sustainability; and Cost/Waste Reduction. This year the independent judges granted one diamond, four gold and 10 silver awards for packaging in a diverse set of markets.  Click here for complete descriptions and high resolution images

WINNER’S UNVEILED

DIAMOND & SPECIAL AWARD FOR ‘FOOD SECURITY’

  • AidPod for ColaLife Delivers Life-Saving Medicine to Children in Remote Villages through Coca-Cola Distribution Channel (pi 3,  United Kingdom; ColaLife, United Kingdom; Amcor Flexibles Europe- USA; Charpack Ltd., United Kingdom)

GOLD AWARDS

  • Ink Producer, Recovery Company Collaborate on Zero Waste to Landfill Program (BCM Inks, USA; Close the Loop. Ltd., USA)
  • Easy-Open Venus and Olay Razor Packaging Delivers Convenience (Gillette / Placon, USA; EcoStar, USA; Control Group, USA)
  • Convenience Salad Bowl Gets More Sustainable (Coop Cooperative, Switzerland; Awtec, Switzerland)
  • Clorox SMART TUBE Technology Enables Consumer to Spray Every Drop (The Clorox Company, USA; ALPLA, USA; Graham Packaging, USA; Guala Dispensing, USA)

SILVER AWARDS

  • New Sausage Casings Speed Cooking, Smoking Times; Offer Better Protection (Atlantis-Pak Company, Ltd., Russian Federation)
  • Amcor Optimizes Cavity Design and Blister Dimensions Using its ’Advanced Blister Design’ Tools in a Formpack Pharmaceutical Blister Pack That Protects Contents from Moisture (Amcor Flexibles, Germany)
  • Toyo Aluminum K.K. Uses Nature to Create Water-Repellent Packaging Material for Yogurt Lids   (Toyo Aluminum K.K., Japan; Morinaga Milk Industry Co. Ltd, Japan)
  • Folmex Reinvents Laundry Detergent Packaging While Improving Sustainability, Reducing Cost (Folmex, Mexico; P&G, Panama, Venezuela)
  • Clearly Clean Products partners with Weis Markets and Launches the World’s Only Recyclable MAP Tray (Clearly Clean Products, USA; Weis Markets, USA)
  • Innovative 3D In-Mold Technology Provides Multi-Sensory Experience for Consumers (Trexel, USA; PACCOR International GmbH, Germany; Britton Decorative, France; Unilever, Europe)
  • Pepperidge Farm Debuts Re-Closure Innovation to the Delight of Snackers Everywhere (Pepperidge Farm, USA; Campbell Company, Canada, USA and Sonoco Flexible, Canada, USA)
  • Campbell’s Go Soup Speaks to Millennials with Convenient Standup Pouch
    (Campbell’s Soup Company, USA; C&K Propack, Korea)
  • Heinz Freshens Iconic Ketchup Bottle (Heinz, USA)
  • Streamlined CardioFocus Heartlight Medical Tray Cost-Effectively Protects Sensitive Equipment (Beacon Converters, Inc., USA; CardioFocus, Inc, USA; Dahl Packaging Associates, USA)

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers manufactures an extensive mix of adhesive, barrier, peelable lidding and sealant resins and provides a globally networked development team to work with customers on packaging programs that help protect the product, environment, improve shelf appeal, convenience and reduce cost in the food, cosmetics, medical products and other consumer goods and industrial packaging industries.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  

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Coca-Cola backs packaging recycling grant program






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Posted by Jenni Spinner, Senior Editor — Packaging Digest, 1/28/2013 8:33:00 AM





Coke recycling binKeep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation today announced a call for applications for the 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program, a program designed to expand and support recycling in communities across America. The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is funded through a $300,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company.

 

Since 2010, more than 29,000 recycling bins have been distributed through the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. Three-hundred organizations have received bin grants and 4.3 million people have been reached through this program.

 

“Providing much-needed public space recycling infrastructure is a key component of a holistic approach to increasing the nation’s recycling rates,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “The Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to providing more local organizations with such a significant number of recycling bins is truly refreshing. We applaud them for being such a steadfast supporter of our recycling programs.”

 

“We are pleased to support Keep America Beautiful and look forward to the continued community impact of this initiative,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Studies have shown that recycling bins placed in convenient locations significantly improve the amount of material recycled. Through this program, thousands of bins will be placed where people live, work and play.”

 

Grant applications will be available online through March 4, 2013. The bin grant program will include college and university focused grants as well as the traditional public space recycling bin grants. All interested parties can visit here to apply.

 

Eligible recipients for the public space grant include government agencies, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups. All colleges and universities will be eligible for the college-specific grant. Successful applicants will be notified by Keep America Beautiful in April 2013 to offer guidance, confirm their needs and solidify bin selection. Suppliers will deliver bins directly to the recipients throughout the summer.

 

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Pet Beverage Bottles Are One Of The Trends For Future Development

Pet Beverage Bottles Are One Of The Trends For Future Development

PET beverage packaging as the packaging aspect of food production enterprises, more than 30 years people have been exploring ways to replace Glass bottle And tin cans in the packaging materials and containers, and plastic is the best material currently available. It has the characteristics of light weight, can reduce transportation costs. But not every plastic are suitable for Food Packaging . Polyester (PET) food packaging material appears to be a rapid development. The first use of PET bottles soft drinks business in the United States Coca-Cola Company, they used to replace 1.5-liter PET bottles 1 liter glass bottles, resulting in increased sales by 27%. PET containers after the food and beverage packaging gradually become a popular “hot demand.” PET containers light weight and strong firm attracted customers by the market. There is also a big advantage of PET material that can form any shape (the applicability of good), but also can be processed into line with people’s habit of color, text and images can be Print .

PET beverage bottles are one of the trends for future development

Domestic PET bottle of mainstream products, initially limited to colas, mineral water, distilled water used in drinks like packaging container, the application of its excellent performance and reasonable price widely welcomed by users in these drinks packaging Based on the successful application of recent years has been in the heat-resistant PET bottle bottled drinks black tea, green tea, Juice And edible oil, cosmetics, medicine, pesticide and other industries to expand its applications. It is reported that in 1996 China’s production of PET bottle 3 billion in 1998 rose to 5 billion in 2000 to reach 8 billion, 9 billion in 2001, 2002, to reach 10 billion, 13 billion in 2004 to become Plastic packaging materials Largest increase variety. Particularly since 2001 with the sudden emergence of the domestic market of tea drink (tea production in 2001 reached 3,000,000 t), tea beverages 85 ~ 90 hot filling PET bottle PET bottle has become the fastest growing in recent years species. At the same time, PET aseptic cold filling bottle the trend of the rise in Japan and other countries, cause for concern. Aseptic cold filling PET bottle technology will reduce the number of applications the importance of hot-fill PET bottles, PET bottles to increase non-heat-resistant PET bottle production in the whole of GDP. Mentioned earlier non- Carbonated beverages Fruit juice, vegetable juice, various flavors of tea drinks, dairy products, coffee, etc., the traditional hot filling perfusion techniques are used, but this technology PET bottles require a higher (must use high-temperature hot-fill PET bottles ), it was reported that Japan already has one-third of non-carbonated beverages using aseptic cold filling technology, therefore, that the future development of PET beverage bottles are one of the trends. A report said the new nutrient-based drinks and flavors added products can help revitalize the stagnant special drink bottled water market, and PET resin and PET bottle suppliers to bring new opportunities.

Recession in the global economy environment, the 2009 pairs of plastic food and beverage packaging industry in China will no doubt be a cold winter, but the ability of PET bottle industry is expected to warm more than other plastic packaging industry stronger. This is mainly the Chinese beverage market in recent years, especially fruit juice and tea drinks market growing rapidly. As the most mainstream of the current beverage packaging materials will also benefit from this PET bottle, so, PET bottles will have greater market opportunities.

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