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2008 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Winners

The Flexible Packaging Association congratulates the winners and thanks the companies that submitted entries into the 2008 FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition! Special thanks are also given to the judging panel: Dr. Bruce Harte, Ph.D, Michigan State University School of Packaging; Michael Richmond, Ph.D, Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions; and Sean Riley, editor, PMT Magazine, for their generous time and expertise.

Following are descriptions of the winning packages:

Highest Achievement Award Winner- Packaging Excellence

Royco Sauce Pouch
CLP Packaging Solutions, Incorporated

Highest Achievement Award Winner in Packaging Excellence
(Also a Gold Award Winner in Packaging Excellence)

The striking Royco Sauce Pouch presents consumers with a highly appealing and functional package for Royco’s line of heat-and-serve sauces and gravies. The shaped retortable pouch protects its contents with outstanding barrier properties, offers a cost-effective alternative to rigid packaging, and functions beautifully during the heating and serving process — adding to its appeal and its consumer convenience. The pouch is an outstanding example of how the power of packaging adds value to a product.

Highest Achievement Award Winner- Technical Innovation

Ultra Peel Retortable Membrane End
Watson Standard Adhesives & Sonoco Flexible Packaging

Highest Achievement Award Winner in Technical Innovation
(Also a Gold Award Winner in Technical Innovation)

Ultra Peel membrane ends are the first retortable, peelable membrane ends in the U.S. market and represent significant advancement over existing retortable end technology. The package is an economical, easy-to-use and safe alternative to easy open ends. The user friendly, reverse printable, foil laminate structure has a superior opening initiation and a more even draw, controlled peel than easy open rigid ends. The flexible membrane material that the consumer peels off is safer and more easily disposable than the sharp edged alternative. Ultra Peel ends for retort packaging are a safe flexible packaging solution to a rigid packaging challenge and represent a market expansion possibility for flexible/rigid package hybrid designs.

Gold Award Winners

Daniele® Delizia President’s Prosciutto
Re-Seal It Package

Printpack, Incorporated

Gold Award Winner in Packaging Excellence

Daniele’s new Delizia President’s Prosciutto Re-Seal It Package combines proprietary label technology with high performance barrier films. Designed and engineered with the consumer, retailer and food processor in mind, the Daniele package utilizes the Re-seal It packaging system, providing an innovative easy-to-open label with repeat reseal for meat and related thermoform packaging applications.

Drop’n Go
North State Flexibles, LLC

Gold Award Winner in Environmental & Sustainability Achievement

This package represents an environmentally friendly solution through the use of non-volatile water based adhesives. A single 60 gram package replaced the equivalent of twelve (12) one-gallon bottles. Reduction of energies, water and waste, along with providing the consumer with an improved product and user-friendly press-to-close reseal feature, are all pluses for this package. The Drop’n Go package uses approximately eight times less warehouse space, consumes eight times less landfill space, and uses less than 50 percent of the packaging needed for reduction sustainability. This product and package combined reduced weight by 98 percent versus comparable products available today.

Hot N Handy Rotisserie Pouch
Robbie Manufacturing, Incorporated

Gold Award Winner in Environmental & Sustainability Achievement
(Also a Silver Award Winner in Packaging Excellence)

The Hot N Handy Rotisserie Pouch is a flexible all-in-one package that is designed to aid consumers by giving them value-added features like a built-in-handle for easy carrying, a resealable zipper for reclosing and a slim profile for saving leftovers. The pouch is also microwaveable and leak resistant. Flexible packaging is the best sustainable solution for rotisserie chicken in the market today. As compared to rigid containers, the Hot N Handy pouch uses 92 percent less fossil fuels, produces 84 percent less CO2 emissions and reduces solid waste by 66 percent.

Nestle Purina Pet Care- Fancy Feast Gourmet Gold
Nordenia U.S.A.

Gold Award Winner in Printing Achievement

Nestle achieved an upgraded brand image by moving to Nordenia’s FlexBox. This side-gusseted bag offers convenience features such as resealable tape and protection from infestation and the environment. No more secondary container to keep the pet food fresh. Brand identity is maintained and value is added for the consumer. High impact graphics and additional billboard space allow for improved visual communication with the consumer.

Perdue Bourbon Chicken
Alcan Packaging

Gold Award Winner in Printing Achievement

The stand up pouch solution for the Perdue Bourbon Chicken provided a large billboard for the customer to display the package contents. Through the use of unique color separations, process and PMS colors, the image catches the consumers attention by focusing on a compelling product visual. Customer brand recognition, high quality process image and a difficult vignette, work in tandem to create depth and clarity. Additional graphic elements are incorporated to communicate the functionality of the pouch, which uses LaserTear™ technology for easy, clean and convenient opening.

Pliant SteamQuick™ Packaging
Pliant Corporation™

Gold Award Winner in Technical Innovation

Pliant’s freezable/microwaveable SteamQuick™ package technology allows frozen food to be steam cooked in a microwave oven without having to remove the food from the bag. In the microwave, the package allows steam to build, cooking the food, and then safely venting near the end of the cook cycle. This innovative technology gives consumers both a quick and easy way to have tasty and uniformly cooked food — ready for mealtime in a safe and easy-to-handle package.

Sugart iTea Wand
Alcan Packaging

Gold Award Winner in Packaging Excellence

The iTea Wand provides a unique solution and creates a new product and method to brew tea. The iTeam Wand has a built-in mechanical filter system that restricts the bitter components within the pod while releasing the liquor, resulting in a perfectly brewed tea serving. Just drop the stickpack into hot water. The unique perforation holes were designed for optimum brewing performance. The iTea Wand is a modern and fresh design for the modern tea consumer. It eliminates the necessity of a teaspoon and minimizes dripping. The resulting package provides excellent performance concerning extraction behavior and is convenient for on-the-go consumers.

Silver Award Winners

Agrolabs “Naturally” Shrink Label
Printpack, Incorporated

Silver Award Winner in Environmental & Sustainability Achievement

The AgroLabs shrink label enhances the premium brand identity of the product, while giving it a distinctive and dramatic look. By eliminating excess packaging and utilizing PLA film, the company has offered up a brilliant response to customer requests for greener packaging.

  • Earthfirst® is a registered trademark of
    Plastic Suppliers

  • Ingeo™ is a trademark of Natureworks LLC

  • The EcoPLA design is a registered trademark of Natureworks LLC

Balance® Organic
Alcan Packaging

Silver Award Winner in Packaging Excellence

To meet Kraft Balance Bar requirements, Alcan Packaging developed a lamination featuring its proprietary Ceramis® PET film as the barrier layer. The silicon oxide coated film combines outstanding optical clarity with high barrier properties. The result was a package that provided a crystal-clear window to highlight the appearance of the organic bar, which is loaded with hearty, naturally good ingredients. The cold seal system allowed Kraft’s horizontal flow wrap line to work at the highest possible speeds.

Cades Cove Rib Pouch
Exopack, LLC

Silver Award Winner in Packaging Excellence

This exciting pouch from Exopack combines the technical innovation of a tough, puncture resistant, leak resistant cook-in pouch with the beauty and convenience of a pre-printed laminated pouch. The mouth watering graphics of the Cades Cove Rib Pouch differentiate this package in the retail meat case. The package stays tightly sealed through cooking and distribution to ensure an outstanding consumer experience.

Coldpack AirLiner

Silver Award Winner in Environmental & Sustainability Achievement

AirLiner succeeds in providing an innovative alternative to a seventy year old cold chain management known as polystyrene, EPS or Styrofoam. AirLiner’s ability to maintain constant temperature is found in its patented, internal heat barrier technology. Compared to rigid Styrofoam, AirLiner offers superior protective cushioning, a reduction of 40 percent in global warming potential and costs less to use.

Cryovac® Grip and Tear™ Bag
Cryovac Food Packaging, Sealed Air Corporation

Silver Award Winner in Technical Innovation

With Cryovac® Grip and Tear™ Bags, the days of consumers fighting with vacuum shrink bags are over. This unique bag combines the superior shrink toughness and oxygen-barrier properties expected from a Cryovac® vacuum shrink bag with the addition of an easy-open feature. The name says it all — grip the package, tear it open. No sharp utensils or strong muscles required.

Dannon Light & Fit 0% Plus Nonfat Yogurt
Alcan Packaging

Silver Award Winner in Printing Achievement

To promote the enhanced reformulation of Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt, new graphics were incorporated into an innovative, see-through OPS label that provides appetite appeal — fruit pieces appear to be suspended inside the yogurt — and a premium image to drive consumer interest. The reverse-printed label provides higher gloss and graphic quality with the lower package weight of the multi-pack, in-mold process.

Duet Pouch
Rollprint Packaging Products, Incorporated

Silver Award Winner in Technical Innovation

Prompted by focus group input from operating room nurses and doctors, the Duet Pouch was designed to address the concerns of healthcare providers.

It is a new generation peelable chevron header pouch ideal for ethylene oxide sterilization applications. The Duet Pouch provides easy opening features via its dual chevron seal and ensures aseptic product presentation, all while controlling cost.

Freshtables with Estersteam® Vent
American Packaging Corporation

Silver Award Winner in Technical Innovation

Estersteam® provides real convenience and an easy way to enter the microwave steamed meal market. The specially designed Estersteam® valve is pre-applied to rollstock, lidding and pre-formed pouch specifications and works with frozen, chilled or ambient products. Under microwave conditions the valve activates allowing the package to vent, so food is moist and perfectly cooked. This technology is cost effective, running on standard heat-seal equipment with no effect on production efficiency and no capital investment. Additionally, this package is capable of holding liquids without leaking and will not explode while cooking or implode when cooling.

Goody’s Child Resistant Tear Stick Pack
Amcor Flexibles

Silver Award Winner in Technical Innovation

Amcor SafeStick is a novel child resistant, easy, tear open packaging solution for pharmaceuticals incorporating a printed tear indicator. The tear opening feature is not evident to a child. The package tears only at a printed indicator, allowing easy opening and dispensing. Amcor SafeStick offers controlled unit dosing of pharmaceutical powders, granules, creams, gels and liquids. The package is lightweight and easy to dispose of.

Hershey Cacao Reserve
American Packaging Corporation

Silver Award Winner in Printing Achievement

The combination of the detailed graphics and the use of the foil substrate capture the design and the unique background print, and make it stand out in a very competitive marketplace. Fine details are reflected in the cocoa bean, and the tight registration of the individual pieces that are placed in this converted bag. Type throughout the label is clean, clear and legible. The overall coverage of the colors is excellent and lays well.

Iams Plastic Recloseable Chunk Dog Food Bag Exopack, LLC

Silver Award Winner in Packaging Excellence

The Iams Plastic Recloseable Chunk Dog Food Bag has all of the key features required for success in the marketplace. Beautiful eye catching graphics, strength for protection during distribution, and consumer convenience features to encourage repeat purchases. This new development from Exopack is an innovative alternative to standard multiwall pinch bags, which requires minimal filling line modifications.

Non-Foil Die-Cut Lidding
American Packaging Corporation

Silver Award Winner in Technical Innovation

American Packaging Corporation’s new Non-Foil Die-Cut Lidding is a major advancement in lidding technology. The new lidding material provides improvements in cost, functionality and sustainability. It can be reverse/trap printed for improved consumer acceptance and shelf appeal. In addition, the unique characteristic of the sealant polymer facilitates sealing through contamination with a very wide operating window, while providing the potential for direct metal detection. Finally, the new lidding material offers improved sustainability through a substantial reduction in weight and energy used to produce individual components.

Plumrose Supreme Center Cut Bacon Re-Seal It Package
Printpack, Incorporated

Silver Award Winner in Technical Innovation

Plumrose’s new Supreme Center Cut Bacon Re-Seal It Package combines proprietary label technology with high performance barrier films for easy opening and repeat reseal for thermoform applications. Plumrose’s Re-Seal It packaging system uses a unique precision sleeve rotary die cut and label application assuring package integrity and utility of use with easy product access.

Stratos Machine Pallet Wrap Film
Pliant Corporation™

Silver Award Winner in Environmental & Sustainability Achievement

Offered as an excellent choice for improving packaging scorecards, Pliant continues to lead the market in value-added stretch films with the introduction of Stratos Stretch Film. Key attributes include:                

  • ability to down gauge 25–40 percent as compared to other machine operated stretch films

  • no loss of puncture resistance or load containment, runs at full packaging speed

  • significant cost savings to end user and higher margins to distributors

  • revolution tradition of best performance, cling & optics in the industry

Coating Excellence International

Silver Award Winner in Packaging Excellence

Coating Excellence International’s Super-Tube woven poly bags are a significant improvement over traditional film and paper bags. In addition to being more environment friendly, cost-effective, tear and puncture proof, CEI also utilizes only FDA and AID-approved water-based inks that are reverse-printed onto Super-Tube bags for a high-gloss and durable finish. Additionally, using only high-quality water-based inks insures that the quality, taste and safety of the product inside are not affected.

Vemma V2
Osio International, Incorporated

Silver Award Winner in Printing Achievement

Osio’s graphics department worked with the New Vision design team to ensure the files were properly prepared for this six color gravure printing project. Using direct-to-engraving technology, the gravure cylinders were laser-engraved in order to best control the size, shape, depth and angle of each dot. This was the key to achieving New Vision’s desired appearance. Fully automated, 360-degree video registration controls on press ensured optimum print registration.

Wetbone™ Water to Go!
Ampac Flexibles, a division of Ampac Packaging

Silver Award Winner in Technical Innovation

Wetbone™ is the first “water-in-a-pouch” product for pets.  The 16-ounce dog bone-shaped resealable stand-up pouch features two compartments — a reservoir for enriched water at the bottom and a drinking bowl at the top. The design includes channels allowing water to fill the bowl and ensures unconsumed water returns to the reservoir. The package is also the final product, a multi-use drinking bowl. The pouch is a polyester/foil/linear low-density polyethylene lamination manufactured by Ampac Flexibles.