Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge

The 2019 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Call for Entries is now available. Click here for information.

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 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.


Congratulations to the FPA 2018 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Winners

1st Place Honors

Wine-O Gelatin Shots 
Emily Hurban and Autumn Rudlong
Iowa State University

Wine-O is an innovative design of a classic product appealing to consumers of all ages. Typically, gelatin shots are made in a rigid polystyrene cup with a lid, but Wine-O is a flexible squeeze pouch designed to increase the ease of gelatin shot consumption with easy transportation. Instead of the bulky cups and lids, we now have a product that can be easily transferred to existing flexible package machinery for fast fill and mass production.



2nd Place Honors - Tie

Standup Plastic Cereal “Box” 
Ryan Knudtson
University of Wisconsin — Stout

For decades, breakfast cereal packaging has been inadequately designed, so the Standup Plastic Cereal “Box” would be the game changer for cereal packaging. This innovative design has the same benefits as traditional packaging, but uses less material and weighs less. This design also features an easy-open top that can be resealed to protect the product. The design still provides the same benefits as the traditional model as it can be stacked, provides a large billboard for graphics, and is easy to dispose.


Tree Hut Coffee 
Benjamin Huber
University of Wisconsin – Stout

Tree Hut Coffee has revolutionized the way ground coffee is stored and dispensed for drip coffee needs. The pouch is thin and attractive, allowing it to be easily tucked away or set out on the counter. The Tree Hut pouch also contains an in-pouch measuring system that allows users to measure the perfect amount of coffee into their included filters for a fresh and precise pot of coffee every time.



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