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Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge

FPA 2017 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Call for Entries

 

Please click here to download the 2017 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Call for Entries
 

The FPA Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge honors flexible packaging solutions developed by students. Flexible Packaging is used to package a wide variety of items. From retail food to medical and pharmaceutical products, the packaging possibilities are endless. The only limit is imagination!


The Challenge for students is to develop a flexible package solution that addresses a packaging issue, such as consumer convenience or the protection of food. The package should advance the use of flexible packaging; make an improvement over an existing flexible package; convert a non-flexible package into a flexible package; package a new product or package a product that is not currently available in flexible packaging.  The FPA Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Hall of Fame on pages 5-8 of the Call for Entries provides an overview of winning entries from past Challenge competitions.


Students are asked to submit a concept outline prior to the actual development of the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample. The concept outline will be evaluated and when approved, students may begin development of the package prototype/bench sample. Students may work on the design in conjunction with their packaging schools. FPA members may be available as mentors to students advancing to the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample development round. 


The deadline to submit a concept outline is September 23, 2016. Students will be notified of the advancement status of their Concept Outline by September 30, 2016. The submission deadline for the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample is November 21, 2016. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2017.


The student or team of students who develops the first place winning entry will receive $1,000, and the second place winning entry will receive $500. 


The Challenge rules, instructions and criteria are described in the FPA Student Flexible Packaging Student Design Challenge Call for Entries. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please call FPA at (410) 694-0800 or email the association at fpa@flexpack.org. 

We look forward to receiving your entry and wish you the best of luck in “The Challenge.”

 

Congratulations to the FPA 2016 Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Winners


1st Place Honors

Easy Snack – Celery and Peanut Butter on the Go
Mallory Geigle, Tabitha Harnack, Hannah Newman, University of Wisconsin – Stout

This flexible package creates a new snack product. The package makes it easy to apply peanut butter to celery with no utensils. It combines two easy tear containers into one snack pouch.

EasySnack

 

2nd Place Honors - Tie

Chicken Breast Strainer
Chris Childers, Ben Harris, Samantha Kin, Kellie Meyer and Huyen Nguyen, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

This vacuum package provides an innovative solution to drain excess chicken juice from the packaging safely, without spreading bacteria. The package combines highly effective barrier polymers with an easy to use straining element. The packaging material allows for either frozen or defrosted chicken to be stored long-term while protecting the quality of the chicken. The straining layer reduces the spread of harmful bacteria. The students also thought through an efficient flexographic printing solution for the outer PET layer of the coextruded film. Since this package utilizes three seals, rather than four, the full label can be printed with one pass through the printer.

Chicken_Breast_Strainer

 

Precise Rice
Cole Cressman, Victoria Hanna, Tyler Harwood and Carrie Sauer, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The Precise Rice complete meal system makes it easy for consumers to prepare, store and consume a single serving of rice. The cook-in-bag is translucent, convenient, portable, and resealable. The high heat deflection and barrier properties with low water absorption of co-extruded retortable material have the benefit of hot water processing, extended storage and product shelf life. The sole requirements for consumption are a pot, heat source and water, to enjoy a rice dish in a re-sealable package that doubles as the dish.

Precise_Rice
 

The Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge has become a prestigious competition within the flexible packaging industry honoring flexible packaging solutions developed by students. Flexible packaging is used to package a wide variety of items. From retail food to medical and pharmaceutical products, the packaging possibilities are endless. The only limit is imagination!

The Challenge for students is to develop a flexible package solution that addresses a packaging issue, such as consumer convenience or the protection of food.

  • The package should advance the use of flexible packaging;
  • make an improvement over an existing flexible package;
  • convert a non-flexible package into a flexible package; or
  • package a new product or package a product that is not currently available in flexible packaging.

Students are asked to submit a concept outline which will be evaluated and when approved, students may begin development of the package prototype/bench sample. Students may work on the design in conjunction with their packaging schools. FPA members may be available as mentors to students advancing to the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample development round.

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