1. Revitalizing an Iconic Brand
Scope Outlast Mouthwash(Procter & Gamble); Alpla, Tech Group and Webb deVlam Industrial Designers
2. Single Serve Plastic Wine Glass/Bottle
Copa di Vino, Quart Vin, Resilux America LLC (U.S. and France)
A new packaging approach for wines that originated in glass in France is now possible in plastic. The concept is finding favor with sophisticated wine makers who see new market opportunities for wine served in recreational and outdoor venues. Wine is bottled right into a single serve barrier-plastic wine "glass" with a one year-shelf life. Because there is no bottle, 50 percent of packaging waste is avoided. The carbon footprint is reduced due to the 30 percent lighter weight of the plastic vs. glass. A significant technical challenge was overcome in the sealing of the lidding to the wine glass rim without impairing the wine. This innovation enables wine to participate in the ready-to-drink beverage category.
3. Foam for Transport Packing Incorporates Recycled Content
Ethafoam HRC plank manufactured by Sealed Air Corp. and fabricated by Austin Foam Plastics
4. Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Meats
Cryovac Mirabella--Sealed Air Corp. (Italy)
This anti-fog shrink film for modified atmosphere packaging enables film-to-meat contact with reduced pack volume, without discoloring the meat. This maintains eye-appeal longer for fresh meats. The thinner package saves space on the retail display. There is less food waste as the meat product remains appealing to the consumer longer.
5. Easy-Open Design for Fresh and Processed Meats & Cheeses
Grip & Tear bag from Sealed Air's Cryovac Food Packaging Unit
The Cryovac Grip & Tear bag combines the superior shrink, toughness and oxygen barrier properties of a traditional vacuum shrink bag with the addition of an easy-open feature. A user simply grips the package and tears it open. Easily opened by pulling a tab, the bag's knifeless design improves employee safety, reduces the risk of cross-contamination, eliminates mess and keeps the workspace clean.
6. Every Component Serves its Function
Berry Plastics, ConAgra, Rexam and IDEO
Today's consumers demand healthful as well as convenient prepared foods. This creative design for shelf-stable, single-serve meals ensures a good preparation experience and a high-quality meal for the consumer. Separation of the meal components in this way provides positive consumer engagement with their meal and delivers an exceptional end product in terms of taste, texture and nutrition.
Notable Achievements in Problem-Solving
1. Inside Injection Foaming for Polypropylene Pallets Replace Wood
FEMSA (Mexico) and Sosa Tech Advisors (U.S.)
2. Odorless Barrier Laminate for Cereal Liner
Kellogg's Cereal Flakes -Positive Packaging, Kellogg's – India
A common problem for cereal makers is off-gassing of cornflakes and the need for an oxygen barrier. Kellogg solved the problem in the Indian local market where high humidity is an issue through a metalized film laminate with oxygen barrier. Moisture in the pack is pulled into the polypropylene sealant. This solution enabled them to stop importing their previous structure, cutting cost and complex logistics.
3. Fully Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Dispensing System
Finish Quantumatic (Reckitt Benckiser–Poland)