The United Kingdom's Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd. also won a Silver Award for Responsible Packaging for developing its line of Inifini lightweight milk bottles. The high density polyethylene milk bottles are the world's lightest 4-pint (2.27L) 32-gram bottle, containing up to 20 percent less material and up to 30 percent recycled HDPE, the company says.
“Nampak is the leading supplier of HDPE bottles to the dairy and juice industries and, based on Infini being the bottle of choice, it can save the UK milk packaging industry 30,000 tons of resin per annum, and could further reduce carbon footprint up to 30 per cent with recycled HDPE,” according to DuPont.
Nampak and Infini are expanding their reach in 2014, with manufacturing licenses awarded for the the Australian and New Zealand markets and discussions underway with licensing partners in the United States, European, Asian and African markets for liquid dairy and non-dairy bottle packaging applications.
Silver Award winners also included:
Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., based in Elk Grove Village, Ill., with collaborators John B. Sanfilippo and Son Inc., a leading nut processor, and Mason, Ohio-based labeler Spear Inc. for the PrimaPak, a flexible, recloseable “pop-up box” for peanuts made from a single roll of flexible film with an outer label to add vertical strength and rigidity while eliminating packaging waste associated with traditional rigid packaging.
The United Kingdom's FFP Packaging Solutions Ltd. and contributors Faccenda Group, ASDA and ULMA SpA for roast-In-the-bag chicken packaging that minimizes food handling safety risks with a large polyester flow wrap sealed with heat-seal polyester.
PepsiCo, based in Purchase, N.Y., for the lighter-yet-stronger 28-ounce Gatorade bottle with a vacuum panel in the base, rather than the sides, and a series of structural ribs that prevent deformation during and after the hot-filling process and a new roll-fed film label technology to shrink the labels onto the bottles, eliminating adhesives.
The independently judged competition saw about 200 entries from 31 countries, marking the second-highest number of entries and the broadest global reach in the program's 26-year history, according to a DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers news release.