DuPont has recognized a fresh crop of award recipients for packaging innovation, in the latest edition of the industry's longest-running, global, independently judged competition highlighting innovative packaging solutions and collaboration throughout the value chain.
This year’s DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation ceremony, held on May 15, presented 16 awards recognizing packaging excellence, selected from nearly 200 entries from 31 countries, marking the second-highest number of entries and broadest reach in the program's 26-year history.
This year, Unilever (United Kingdom) took the Diamond Award top honor for its line of compressed deodorants. The international panel of judges recognized Unilever for excellence in all three award criteria – Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience.
“Unilever's new containers carry the same amount of product in a package half the size of the original,” DuPont said. “The smaller packages meet airline carry-on requirements, allow retailers to stock more products on the same shelf space and significantly cut transportation costs as more units fit on a pallet and into each truck.”
In addition to the Diamond Award, the panel of independent judges selected five gold winners and 10 silver winners representing 11 countries. Gold Award recipients demonstrate excellence in any two of the criteria, while Silver Award recipients show excellence in any one of the criteria.
Consumer convenience earned high marks in this year's competition. Seventy-five percent of the winning packaging solutions bring a higher degree of convenience to consumers. For example, cardboard packaging from VerDeSoft, Germany, allows home cooks to prepare fresh pasta in three minutes by squeezing dough straight out of the package into a boiling pot. P&G in Belgium, Brussels, Singapore and Switzerland won an award for liquid cleaner bottles with smart dosing caps that automatically stop the product flow after dispensing a pre-measured dose. Ultra-high-temperature milk pouches from Parakh Agro Industries, India, keep milk fresh without refrigeration for up to 90 days and enable it to be consumed without first being boiled.
Several winning entries used DuPont products, such as DuPont Bynel tie layer resin and DuPont Mylar films.
For a complete list of award winners, descriptions, and list of collaborations, click here.