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Seventeenth DuPont awards for innovations in packaging

Du Pont Engineering Polymers : 24 November, 2004  (Company News)
The winners of the international DuPont Packaging Awards 2004
(www.dupont.com/packaging/awards/) have been announced. Selecting from a total of 104 entries, the eight-member judging panel nominated 22 international food and non-food packaging innovations for awards.
The food category recognises advancements from all parts of the food chain, which are made possible, or more productive, by the use of plastic packaging. The non-food category recognises innovations that use plastic packaging in industrial, cosmetic, medical or other non-food related industries.

Evaluation criteria are degree of innovation, breadth of application, significance on industry or consumers, marketing innovation and impact of the packaging on consumer or industry buying decisions.

DuPont sponsors the competition in cooperation with Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association, Gloucestershire (England) and the National Food Processors Association in Washington DC (USA). Entries need not include a DuPont product to be eligible. Since its inception in 1986, the competition has received more than 700 entries from over 35 countries. During that time, over 140 innovations have been honoured.

Three significant innovations received the Diamond Award
- The Procter & Gamble Company, Product Ventures, Ltd., Liquid Container Co., Amcor Flexibles, Erie Plastics, and Multi-Color Corporation (all USA), received a Diamond Award for the Folger’s AromaSeal™ Shaped Plastic Coffee Canister – a modern alternative to the 150-year tradition of metal tins. The 6-layer co-extruded canister is dent and ding resistant, is lightweight and stackable. The moulded-in handle makes the canister easier to handle – a real value-adding packaging feature.

- The Paper Products Ltd. (India) and GlaxoSmithKline (Nigeria and USA) also received the Diamond Award for their continuous hologram security seals in pharmaceutical blister packs to prevent counterfeiting.

- Morningstar Foods, Inc., and Closure & Specialty Products (both USA) were the final recipients of a Diamond Award. It was for the toggle dispensing closure of the Delight Coffee Creamers from Morningstar International, which is ergonomically designed for one-handed opening and closing. A toggle-closing end is designed to provide for a clean shut-off with minimal drip and no left-over residue, while providing a secure seal for refrigerated storage. The dispensing closure is injection-moulded polypropylene.

Four Gold Awards went to:
- EDV Packaging Solutions and Nutrexpa S.A, both from Barcelona (Spain) for the development of a transparent, multi-layer package of polypropylene and ethylene vinyl alcohol co-polymer (EVOH), bonded with DuPont™ Bynel® adhesive resin, for the La Piara line of paté spreads. The five-layer structure can withstand pasteurisation for over one hour. Barrier to oxygen is achieved with thermal resistant EVOH. DuPont Bynel® is used for its high-temperature resistance.

- MonoSol, LLC (USA) and The Procter & Gamble Company (Belgium) for the Cascade 2 in 1 ActionPacs. The dual compartment water-soluble film packaging houses both powder detergent and liquid grease-cutter for automatic dishwashers. The cold-water soluble MonoSol film is made from cast co-polymer polyvinyl alcohol (DuPont Elvanol®).

- Kraft Foods and Printpack (both USA) for a new package platform for Ritz® chips. For the consumer, the flat-bottomed, easy open, stand up pouch affords a peelable easy open function with convenient peel-off-tab for re-closure. For the producer, the tandem adhesive lamination structure exceeds key attribute requirements of high impact graphics, product shelf life barriers, high-speed machinability, and consumer functionality.

- Ross Products (a division of Abbott Laboratories), Crown Cork & Seal, Owens-Illinois Plastics Group, American Fuji Seal, Bemis Flexible Packaging, Weyerhaeuser and Innovations & Development, Inc. (all USA) for the Ensure® Ready to Drink re-closable plastic bottle. The packaging consists of a two-piece composite closure, a 6-layer plastic bottle; a full body shrink film and a label featuring 7-colour rotogravure reverse printing.
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