Coca Cola and Heinz were among the top brands to secure DuPont Packaging Awards. The 23rd annual awards program honors packaging innovation and shows how collaboration throughout the global value chain can bring cost-effective innovation to the market to help improve sustainability, the consumer experience, and reduce waste.
“This year’s winners show the important role packaging plays in enabling more sustainable consumer goods,” said Bill Harvey, President, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “They also show how innovative use of materials can lead to cost-effective, sustainable packaging solutions.”
The winners in the food industry are:
- H.J. Heinz Co. and Multivac Co.—Silver Winner
The new Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup package was developed in response to consumer demand for a package that can be used for either dipping or squeezing and made eating-on-the-go easier. The new, revolutionary dual-function package is another portable ketchup option for restaurant operators. It offers better functionality and convenience that delight the consumer by offering two different ways of use—tearing off the top for squeezing or peeling off the lid for dipping. The Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup package provides three times more ketchup than standard 9-g sachets and uses less packaging. Shaped like the iconic glass Heinz Ketchup bottle, Dip & Squeeze strongly reinforces the Heinz Ketchup brand.
- Stonyfield Farm, Clear Lam Packaging Inc., and Arcil—Silver Winner
Stonyfield and Clear Lam broke significant barriers for a breakthrough use of PLA (polylactic acid) in a high-volume dairy application. The new form/fill/seal multipack yogurt cups are made of 93% PLA, a switch from polystyrene (HIPS), believed to be the first for this market. The PLA is made by Natureworks and results in 48% lower GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions vs. HIPS. Compression strength increased by 15–20%, resulting in fewer damaged products during transit. Stonyfield also overcame the difficult challenge of applying a good lidding seal to a PLA cup, as the lidding film needs to withstand heat during application. In addition, using 93% plant-based material further drives their reputation as a leader in sustainability.
- Plastipak Packaging and Tescor HR—Silver Winner
ThermoShape represents a significant technology innovation achievement in the manufacturing and design of lightweight PET containers for hot fill beverages. Where hot fill normally requires thick walled containers, ThermoShape enables 20% less material to be used without the use of vacuum panels or impact on the performance of the bottle. The use of a ThermoShape machine to reshape the container just before labeling allows design freedom for the manufacturing of a wide array of container designs.
- The Coca-Cola Co.—Silver Winner
In a small, highly populated country like Japan, space is at a premium. I Lohas, the name of mineral water brand, PET bottle weight was reduced by 40% compared to the former design while guaranteeing consumer usability. In addition, 1,020 I Lohas PET bottles are also Japan’s lightest in the 1,000 mL class. Once consumed, the bottle is easily twisted, which crushes the bottle to a very small size. This smaller size reduces transport cost to the recycler and improves transportation efficiency. It also supports the needs of the local market by reducing the volume that comes out of Japanese households. This PET bottle is extremely light and has the environmental benefit of using up to 30% plant-based material, reducing the petroleum-based materials.
- Positive Packaging Industries Ltd.—Silver Winner
Positive Packaging has replaced the large glass bottles of Nestlé Maggi Arome seasoning liquid with thermoformed, single-use mini bottles made of flexible laminate. This offers consumers convenience, ease of use, and affordability. The bottle-shaped packet maintains brand recognition and enhances shelf appeal. Its small size also offers easier handling and shipment.