The Best of 2005's Plastic Packaging

The annual DuPont Awards recognize global packaging innovations, including a polymer-coated steel bowl with peelable lid.

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(Graphic Packaging Intl., U.S.)

  • Quilt Wave microwave susceptor

    Quilt Wave has laminated cells or "quilts," which expand when exposed to microwave energy, bringing them into contact with the food product. This hot surface, immediately next to the food, drives away moisture and creates browning and crisping. It's especially suited for sandwiches, hand-held entrees, pizza and finger foods. It also dissipates heat quickly so it's not hot to the touch and is very safe to handle.

    (Kapak, an Ampac Co.; Jel Sert Co.; Seaquist Closures, all U.S.)
  • Energice sport beverage

    The introduction of Energice sport beverage -- by Ascendia Inc., a division of Jel Sert Co. -- in Kapak's patented QuadPak standup-pouch offers a unique alternative to traditional plastic bottles or drink boxes. The polyester/foil/nylon/polyethylene structure acts and looks like a box, except it is flexible. The pouch consists of a patented dispensing assembly with a polyethylene fitment and a spout topped off by a tamper-evident, easy-to-turn, swallow-resistant polypropylene closure. High-quality rotogravure graphics on all four panels create eye-popping shelf appeal.

    (Kunshan Jiapu Packaging Co., China)
  • Multilayer coex blown film

    The high-impact graphics and exceptional strength of the package replace earlier technology with a unique five-layer nylon coex and three layers of PE coex blown film. To guarantee seal integrity, Kunshan Jiapu Packaging used A/A and A/B adhesives for the heavy 5 kgs. bag of Pedigree dog food.

    • (Alcan Packaging, U.S.)
    Special citations

    During the final review of the entries, the panel of judges found five packages warranting a Special Citation for a specific achievement in packaging. They are:
    • Chinese tea

      By shifting to a stand-up gusseted pouch of a BOPP/VMPET/PE package structure, a Chinese tea manufacturer increased market share and impressed consumers with improved functionality. The environmentally friendly, easy-open barrier pouch protects the product from air and moisture while the attractive printed package brings traditional natural beauty and design on the shelf.

      (Curwood Inc., U.S.)
    • Shrink bags for bone-in meats

      The Curwood Large ABP (Absolute Bone-In Protection) shrink bags help bone-in meats retain their weights and freshness longer. The shrink bags are extruded monolayer biaxially oriented polyethylene copolymer blend film that is laminated to a seven-layer biaxially oriented film. The bag is wide enough (up to 42 inches wide) for wholesale bone-in meats being transferred from the processor to the supermarket and has exceptional puncture resistance, clarity and shrink.

      (Flex Industries Ltd., India)
    • Alcoholic spirits (photo below)

      Replacing the carton with a flexible package structure made of polyester / metallized / polyester / laminated film checks counterfeiting as the package can be used only once versus the traditional cartons. Additionally, the speed for printing, laminating, slitting and pouching flexible packaging is significantly enhanced versus traditional cartons.

      (Kellogg Co.; Metaphase Design Group, both U.S.)
    • Kellogg's Drink ‘n Crunch cereal cup

      An ergonomically designed, double-walled vessel made of injected molded polypropylene makes Drink ‘n Crunch the ultimate portable breakfast for people on the go. Fresh milk is added to the outer cup and cereal is in the inner cup. When you drink, you get just the right amount of milk with your cereal, which stays crunchy.

      (ChaoAn Wenhua Color Print Co., China)
    DuPont sponsors the competition in cooperation with Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Assn., Gloucestershire, England, and the Food Products Assn., Washington, D.C.

    Flex Industries' counterfeit-resistant spirits package.

    Entries are evaluated on degree of innovation, breadth of application, significance/impact on industry or consumers, marketing innovation of the packaged product and impact of the packaging on consumer or industry buying decisions. Entries need not include a DuPont product to be eligible.

    Entries are judged by an international panel of qualified experts representing food processing and packaging industries, graphics experts, equipment suppliers, academia, the trade press and governmental, environmental and trade organizations.

    Since its inception in 1986, the competition has received more than 700 entries from over 35 countries. During that time, over 160 innovations have been honored.

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