Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge: 2006 Winners & Entries



First Place Winner

Children’s Single Serving Aseptic Milk Pouch
Designer: Nancy Schueneman
University: California Polytechnic State University

The Children’s Single Serving Aseptic Milk Pouch fills a market niche for children by providing a single serving aseptically process flavor milk product. Enticing to children, the aseptic milk pouch provides parents with healthy alternatives to sugar drinks. This new innovative design will significantly decrease the amount of space utilized during shipment, storage and disposal. This new package does not require the product to be shipped, displayed or stored in a chilled environment. This makes the product ideal in a domestic setting for travel and camping, or worldwide in developing nations where refrigeration in not an option.




Second Place Winner

WonderBread X2
Designers: Kirstie Grilli, Michelle Hamilton, Cameron Helland, Jared Kolar, Leslie Pink
University: California Polytechnic State University

This package replaces and improves current bread packaging. The prototype was constructed using a heat sealer and a perforated wheel was then used in order to allow for each individual package to be easily removed from the whole. Each individual bag contains two slices of bread. The bread can be removed to make a sandwich, replaced back into the bag and sealed for reuse.




Ball Caddy
Designers: Kristin Coons, Kurt Dingmann, Alyssa Downing-Perrault, Brad Reiser
University: University of Wisconsin–Stout

The Ball Caddy design would replace a traditional paperboard package by using flexible materials and resealable features. The Ball Caddy features a peg hole at the top for hanging display purposes.





Designers: Mathew Bertonica, Noel Nelson
University: Rochester Institute of Technology

The design is a simple zip-lock bag with an optional paperboard insert to be utilized for graphics. The retail package is also a reusable storage unit for unused batteries. The zip-lock feature allows consumer to open the package, removed the needed quantity of batteries and reseal the bag containing remaining batteries. The bag features a hang hole for retail display purposes and a heat-sealing, tamper evident/anti-theft feature would also be incorporated above the zip-lock and hang hole. A simple tear notch would add value and increase consumer convenience.




E-Z Pour Reseal Pet Food Bag
Designer: Christopher Hutchings
University: Clemson University

This package introduces a new application for existing flexible material. Most pet food bags (25 lbs. or larger) do not provide a way to reseal the product once open. The addition of both the resealable opening and the handles together create the excellence of this package design. Adding easy-to-pour handles to the side and bottom of the bag allows consumers to control dispensing of the dog food. The handles would be woven polyethylene “rip-stop” like material. The resealable opening would be a peel and reseal design.




Flexible Gel Pouch
Designers: Ryan Shook, Lee Tomasek
University: University of Wisconsin-Stout
Technical Assistance: from Belmark, Inc. – DePere, Wisconsin

Prototype/Bench Sample Description: This package provides a one time use, travel size shaving gel packet that is 1/8th of the size of the traditionally packaged shave cream/gel containers. This package design allows for the warming of the gel within the package by using microwaveable films. The tear strip feature helps control dispensing of the cream/gel and makes this package very consumer friendly.




Flexible Hanging Pill Calendar
Designers: Jarrett Dunn, Adam Rough, Owen Turner, Amelia West
University: California Polytechnic State University

Each day of the month has a pocket in which pills can be placed and are easily visible. A pocket at the top is available for the month name and a pocket at the bottom can be used for the storage of medical information, such as prescriptions and phone numbers. This product could be utilized in hospitals, rest homes, and pharmacies, and by people who take vitamins and supplements.




Designer: Alyssa Downing-Perrault
University: University of Wisconsin-Stout
Technical Assistance: from Kapak Corporation – St. Louis Park, Minnesota

The Litter-Bag is a stand-up pouch for holding and dispensing cat litter. On store shelves, it performs like a stand-up pouch for presentation. However, the pouch has handles punched into the bottom so the pouch can be carried and dispensed from the bottom. This package will allow for the storage of cat litter above the litter box on a hook. The desired dispensing fitment would be between 1.75” and 2” in diameter and would rotate to allow the product to flow without having to remove the cap (similar to spice container caps).




Single Dose Inhaler
Designer: Sarah Buelow
University: Michigan State University

The inflated, pressurized single dose inhaler pouch, would allow asthma patients to simply pop the package and breathe in at the same time to receive the inhalant contained inside. This type of inhaler would offer relief to asthma suffers with a simple one-time use package.





Tempatrue: Thermal Retention Flexible Package
Designers: John Ebling, Erik Mornes, Amit Rauniyar
University: University of Wisconsin–Stout
Technical Assistance: from Pliant Corporation - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Tempature is a flexible package that retains the temperature of a product. Tempatrue accomplishes this through its three-layer construction. The inner layer is a pouch where products can be placed. The second layer is a flexible structure made from surlyn. This structure is filled with air and it acts as a barrier to reduce thermal conductivity. The outer layer would be a metallic film, with the shiny side out, to reflect heat from outside of the package. Tempatrue is opened and closed through a zip seal, preventing the transfer of thermal energy to, or from, unused portions of the product.




Tote for Two
Designers: Nick Birge, Ashley Kircher, Mario Migliore, Melinda Mowrey
University: California Polytechnic State University

The Tote for Two advances the use of flexible packaging in an innovative way to offer protection to wine bottles without the use of non-flexible materials. This dual wine bottle carrier has an inflatable “pillow” inserted between the wine bottles to prevent contact. The package is made of a sturdy plastic to hold the weight of the product. The Tote for Two is ideal for both stores and wine sellers due to its space efficient characteristics, and has a clear front for wine companies to display their label.


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