Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards

2019 Winners

Congratulations to the twenty winners of the 2019 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition! These winning packages exemplify the very best in flexible packaging solutions.

The Flexible Packaging Association is pleased to present the FPA 2019 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards and Innovation Showcase, which features flexible packaging solutions that meet expectations and needs through advancements in materials, graphics, structure, new uses, extended shelf life, and sustainability.

This year, 54 packages were submitted in the competition, for a total of 140 entries. 14 packages were honored with 26 Achievement Awards in various categories. The downloadable Innovation Showcase includes all competition entries, which are presented, following the winners, in alphabetical order by package name.

Molson Coors — 12 Pack Cooler Bag

Highest Achievement Award

Gold – Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

Gold – Printing & Shelf Impact

Silver – Packaging Excellence

Molson Coors’ 12 Pack Cooler Bag creates a fresh take on the ubiquitous beer carton. The new flexible bag delivers portable convenience with a pouch that expands into a larger, reusable bag that provides additional convenience features. This innovative package features easy-carry handles and can go directly into the refrigerator or cooler. The film’s sturdy, high performance structure allows consumers to reuse the bag. Reusability provides brand benefits to communicate benefits and quality to brand-loyal consumers over and over again.

Manufacturer: Bemis Company, Inc.

End-User/Customer: Molson Coors Brewing Company

Plant: Oshkosh, WI

Designer/Design Firm:Viviana Gardener and Turner Duckworth

Key Suppliers:Bemis Company, Inc. and Aplix

Gold Awards

Gold – Sustainability

Gold – Packaging Excellence

Silver – Technical Innovation

Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders Pouch

Harney & Sons desired a flexible pouch with luxurious graphics that would protect the aroma and flavor of their fine teas while supporting their environmental values. TC Transcontinental Packaging, in collaboration with Charter NEX Films, Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company, achieved all of Harney & Sons’ key criteria of excellent shelf appeal, shelf life, and recyclability. This pouch is the first commercial example of a package which contains EVOH, for oxygen barrier, and moisture barrier properties in a format which is 100% recyclable for in-store drop-off.

Manufacturer: TC Transcontinental Packaging

End-User/Customer: Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders

Plant: Richmond, Vancouver, Canada

Designer/Design Firm:Harney & Sons

Key Suppliers:Charter Nex Films: They supplied both films; The Dow Chemical Company: provided the Dow Retain Resin; Presto Zipper: 106DS SSME; Inks: Siegwerk for reverse print and Sun Chemical for the surface print Matte Varnish; Press: Windmoller & Holscher or W&H model Miraflex S; Print Sleeves: Rossini NA; Anilox Sleeves: Pamarco Global; Mounting Tape: L-1020 from 3M; Printing Plates: DuPont Fast Dri — DFR plate material; Adhesive: Henkel Adhesives, 7660/6029 Solvent Free; Laminator: Nordmeccanica Combi 3000; Slitter: Deaco model C800; Bag Machine: Totani CT-60DL

Gold – Printing & Shelf Impact

Nutro Ultra Grain Fee

This Nutro Ultra Grain Free flat bottom box pouch offers a powerful shelf presence through providing purposeful features. The straight sides of the flat bottom enables excellent casing and freight density, outstanding shelf presentation at retail, and ideal home storage. The resealable feature also enables the consumer to keep the product fresher for longer periods of time without having to switch it to a new container. With the eye popping graphics on the package, this product sets itself apart from the rest of the market place.

Manufacturer: Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC

End-User/Customer: Nutro

Plant: Kansas City, KS

Gold – Technical Innovation

Silver – Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

Silver – Packaging Excellence

Willow® Pump Leak-Proof Pouch

Willow® is the world’s first all-in-one wearable breast pump that fits inside a bra. Integral to the system is a doughnut shaped milk bag. Each disposable bag holds 4 oz. and features a one-way valve so milk goes in and doesn’t come out. A fresh bag is tucked inside the Willow® pump for each use. Moms can either pour the milk into a bottle for immediate use or they can store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

Manufacturer: Vonco Products, LLC

End-User/Customer: Willow® Pump

Plant: Trevor, WI

Key Suppliers:The Willow® team in conjunction with Vonco, the manufacturer of the Willow® spill proof milk bag, were the key contributors to the success and development of this packaging.

Silver Awards

Silver – Printing & Shelf Impact

AMSOIL® Easy Pack

AMSOIL® Easy Packs are a revolutionary solution to a longstanding problem. From DIYers to professional mechanics, rigid bottles make dispensing fluids difficult in the confined spaces of modern vehicles, resulting in wasted product, spillage, and a poor user experience. The flexibility of the AMSOIL® Easy Pack, integrated handle, and ergonomic design provide confidence and ease-ofuse when maneuvering in tight spaces. No need for specialty tools, funnels, pumps, etc.

Manufacturer: AMSOIL INC.

End-User/Customer: Willow® Pump

Plant: Superior, WI

Designer/Design Firm:AMSOIL INC.

Silver – Technical Innovation


Liqui-Box Bar-Asept high barrier adhesive laminates are used for aseptic sauce packaging and other food products. These new adhesive laminates use high-performance sealants and high barrier coextrusion layers that have excellent sealability (ability to seal through food particulates). They have excellent oxygen barrier, superior robustness, and excellent processing characteristics. The laminates are designed to work with and without a fitment attached, depending on customer requirements, to significantly reduce field leaker rates with outstanding barrier performance.

Manufacturer: Liqui-Box Corporation

End-User/Customer: Aseptic FFS Pouch Customers

Plant: Germantown, WI

Key Suppliers:Sonoco

Silver – Printing & Shelf Impact

Before Brands SpoonfulOne Strawberry Puffs

Before Brands SpoonfulOne Strawberry Puffs Gusset Pouches are an excellent example of how converting to flexible packaging creates exceptional brand management. The new, improved packaging creates a colorful, exciting gusset pouch with bold colors and a matte finish to emphasize the many features of their product. Before Brands SpoonfulOne Strawberry Puffs is a gusset pouch that contains seven snack packs.

Manufacturer: CL&D Graphics, Inc.

End-User/Customer: Snacks for Toddlers/Before Brands

Plant: Oconomowoc, WI

Designer/Design Firm:Before Brands, Inc.

Key Suppliers:Film Suppliers: Base Film, Pilcher, 50ga PVDC-PET; Laminate, Charter NEX, 3MIL White LLDPE; Printing Press Supplier: the 50ga PVDC-PET film was printed on CL&D’s 10 station in line PCMC flexo press utilizing solvent-base ink by Sun Chemical; Adhesive Supplier: Sun Chemical

Silver – Printing & Shelf Impact

Silver – Packaging Excellence

ConAgra Slim Jim Premium Smoked Sticks

Leveraging innovative printing technology, Bemis developed this leather print package for Slim Jim. The simulated leather texture and look is an emerging packaging technology, primarily used in printing and graphics to deliver additional cues of authenticity and quality. This printing innovation enabled brand extension and premiumization for Slim Jim through a visually and texturally differentiated experience from traditional meat stick offerings, while still maintaining critical brand recognition.

Manufacturer: Bemic Company, Inc.

End-User/Customer: ConAgra

Plant: Oshkosh, WI

Silver – Sustainability

Dole Crafted Smoothies

The Dole Crafted Smoothies Blend is a series of three SKUs launched in early 2018. This PE/ink/waterbased adhesive/PE pouch provides all the required functional and aesthetic properties while utilizing 100% recyclable films. Emerald developed a recyclable alternative, moving the original PET/PE structure to a PE/PE structure. The nonrecyclable laminated PET web was replaced by recyclable polyethylene (PE), making it a PE/PE recyclable pouch. It is printed 10 colors on a Windmoeller & Hoelscher Miraflex printing press for dynamic graphics and shelf appeal in the supermarket. The PE/PE pouch offers the same convenience and performance of multi-material pouches with the added benefit of being recyclable where PE bag and film recovery efforts currently exist.

Manufacturer: Emerald Packaging, Inc.

End-User/Customer: Dole Packaged Frozen

Plant: Union City, CA

Designer/Design Firm:Dana Saputo Design

Key Suppliers:TCommex Corp., 1 mil PE (for clarity and gloss); Commex Corp., 2 mil PE Sealant for rigidity; CAI Inc., solvent based inks; Ashland Inc., waterbased adhesives; Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp., 10 color Miraflex printing press

Silver – Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

FLEXMAX™ Packaging for Floor Care Products from Midlab®

Printpack’s FLEXMAX™ container is a flat-folding, dual-wall 2.5 gallon flexible pouch with the cold temperature drop-impact strength necessary for the containment of large volume liquids. Fitted with a 38mm HDPE spout for easy pouring and reclosure, FLEXMAX™ combines high stiffness, toughness, and high and low temperature resistance properties in its proprietary-formulated, dual-wall pouching/bagging films. Aggressive chemical and environmental stress-crack resistance completes the package

Manufacturer: Printpack

End-User/Customer: Midlab®

Plant: Grand Prairie, TX

Silver – Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

Silver – Technical Innovation

Silver – Packaging Excellence

Green Giant Veggie Spirals™ PrimaPak® Package

The Green Giant Veggie Spirals™ PrimaPak® package is a flexible, stackable, resealable package produced from a single roll of film on modified Ilapak vertical form-fill-seal machinery. The microwaveable packaging is designed with vent holes, as well as a peel reseal lid, for easy opening. The consumer has the option to microwave, blend additional ingredients, and serve directly out of the package, without the need for a bowl or serving dish.

Manufacturer: Sonoco Flexible Packaging

End-User/Customer: Grower’s Express/B&G Foods Inc.

Plant: Elk Grove Village, IL

Key Suppliers: Ilapak Vertical Form-Fill-Seal Line

Silver – Technical Innovation

JBS-Swift Printed Ovenable Meat Packaging (OvenRite®)

OvenRite® packaging is a fully printed ovenable film with high quality graphics for meat and seafood. The film is available in premade pouches or form/fill/seal rollstock. Products can go straight from refrigerator or freezer to the oven while producing a consistent final product with minimal preparation and cleanup. This technology self-vents steam for optimum browning but maintains tenderness and moisture for added flavor. Ovenable inks are used to replace removable labels found on prior cook-in offerings to deliver convenience.

Manufacturer: Bemis Company, Inc.

End-User/Customer: JBS Inc.

Plant: Oshkosh, WI

Key Suppliers: Bemis Company, Inc. and JBS Inc.

Silver – Technical Innovation

Silver – Printing & Shelf Impact

Silver – Packaging Excellence

A Sensational Pouch

This promotional pouch was designed to introduce a new soft touch film in a flexible packaging application. Use of graphics and the linear tear PLALOC zipper were part of the effort to showcase St. Johns’ packaging capabilities to the market. In an effort to “grab” the customer’s attention on the crowded store shelf, the promotional pouch highlights the use of both the visual and tactile aspects of a flexible package. In addition, the use of a gold hot stamp, “Certification of Quality Guarantee” in a flexible application, truly sets this pouch apart in the market.

Manufacturer: St. Johns Packaging Ltd.

Plant: Greensboro, NC

Designer/Design Firm: Internal Graphics Team

Key Suppliers:Three ply lamination utilizing 70 Gauge Karess Luxe film from Nobelus, as the print web. Sun Chemical inks and Ashland solventless adhesives were used. Idemitsu’s linear tear Plaloc Press-to-Close zipper was applied. Design and plates were completed in-house at St. Johns Packaging, Greensboro, NC.

Silver – Sustainability

Sustainable Pouch with Easy-Lock (APLIX) Reclosable Feature

This promotional pouch was designed to showcase the internal pouch making capability at St. Johns Packaging with an all PE structure that addresses the consumer, retailer, and consumer product companies’ demands for more environmentally friendly packaging. The design of the package was developed internally, with the side panels of the pouch being utilized to showcase each of the companies involved with the help of a QR Code, allowing for quick access to that company’s website.

Manufacturer: St. Johns Packaging Ltd.

Plant: Greensboro, NC

Designer/Design Firm:Internal Graphics Team

Key Suppliers: Films were supplied by Charter NEX Films. The structure utilized two webs of their “Green Arrow” film grades which are designed for recycling as an ALL-PE flexible package. Sun Chemical inks and Ashland solventless adhesives were used. APLIX Easy-Lock closure feature was applied. Printed on W&H 10-Color CI Press. Design and plates all done in-house at St. Johns Packaging, Greensboro, NC.

Special Thanks to Our Judges

FPA congratulates the winners and thanks all the companies that participated in the FPA 2019 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition. Special thanks are given to the 2019 competition judging panel: Cory Francer, Senior Editor, packagePRINTING magazine; Robert Kimmel, Sc.D., Associate Professor and Director, Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging, Clemson University; and David Luttenberger, Global Packaging Director, Mintel Group Ltd.