Applications open for PIDA Awards

Entries are now open for the 2021 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have designed the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand.
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Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Award winners announced

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) formally announced the winners of the 2020 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards ‘virtually’ with over 380 people registered for the two days. The PIDA Awards are an Australia and New Zealand program that is coordinated by the AIP, in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand.

The PIDA Awards have been established to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand.

The PIDA Awards are also the exclusive feeder program for Australian and New Zealand for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation. All 2020 PIDA winners will be automatically eligible for entry into the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards competition.

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year company awards recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging within each of these five manufacturing categories:

  1. Food
  2. Beverage
  3. Health, Beauty & Wellness
  4. Domestic & Household
  5. Labelling & Decoration

The 2020 PIDA Awards also sees finalists in a number of special awards including:

  1. Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award
  2. Accessible Packaging Design Special Award
  3. Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Food Category
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Food Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Arnott’s for the Cracker Chips unique split case innovation, BioBag World Australia for compostable cucumber wrap, Disruptive Packaging for Uniqcor for cold chain environments, OF Packaging for Local Legends novelty shaped pouches, Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector, Platypus Print Packaging for the Youfoodz Meal Kit and Primo Foods for the Red Range Slice Pack.

The winner of the Gold award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year – Food Category is Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector.

The uniquely designed Lobster Protector packaging is a flat-packed, recyclable, biodegradable, renewable and compostable solution made from 100% food safe materials. This is the first time this has ever been achieved in the seafood industry. The packaging design consists of three key components – that being a wool liner, a fibreboard insert and a corrugated carton with a unique coating to make the carton water resistant. The Lobster Protector is 100% certified food safe and is 100% recyclable and biodegradable, with the critical wool liner compostable (even home compostable). There are no plastic components in this solution.

The winner of the Silver award is actually a tie between Disruptive Packaging for Uniqcor for cold chain environments and Platypus Print Packaging for the Youfoodz Meal Kit.

A Special Commendation was awarded to Primo Foods for the Red Range Slice Pack.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Beverage Category
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Beverage Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton, Coca-Cola Amatil for 100% recyclable rPET bottles, Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range, TetraPak for the JUST Water plant-based reusable water bottle and O-I Glass ANZ for the Millie fruit juice range.

The winner of the Gold award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year – Beverage Category was a tie between Coca-Cola Amatil and Ecolean.

Coca-Cola Amatil for 100 perc cemnt recyclable rPET bottles
Coca-Cola Amatil delivered a world-first by converting all of its single serve PET bottles from largely petroleum-based PET resin to 100% post-consumer recycled PET resin (rPET). Many other bottlers both in Australia and around the world have converted their water bottles to 100 per cent rPET, however CCA is the first to achieve this on carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottles, sensitive warmfilled bottles and aseptic dairy bottles. By converting all of these skus to 100 per cent rPET 7 out of every 10 bottles CCA sells in Australia are made from recycled post-consumer resin. This equates to over 55 per cent of CCA’s total PET tonnages.

Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range
This lightweight flexible packaging designed for liquid food products is designed to reduce its impact on the environment with convenience, innovative and eye-catching packaging. The unique designs and shapes of the packaging makes it stand out on shelf and present a quality product to consumer. Designed for chilled pasteurised beverages the packaging performs well in refrigerated and frozen requirements. The material is non-penetrable by UV light and maintains the products ‘coolness’ due to the ouch’s natural composition. When kept at, or below 4 Degrees your milk will stay fresh longer. It will also not leak when laid down on a fridge shelf, can be frozen when sealed and microwaved safely once the seal is broken.

The winner of the Silver award is Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within cosmetics, toiletries, personal hygiene, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral care. This award also covers packaging of all medicines including over the counter medicines, medical equipment packaging. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Pact Group for the New Zealand Earthwise Glow Labs brand of PCR 100% rPET bottle range and Kahuku Natural for the refillable stainless-steel range of cleansers and liquid soaps.

The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness is Pact Group for the New Zealand Earthwise Glow Labs brand of PCR 100 per cent rPET bottle range.

Pact Group worked with New Zealand’s Earthwise brand to launch a post-consumer sourced (PCR) 100% rPET bottle range for their Glow Labs brand. The new range (body wash, handwash, shampoo, conditioner) consisted of seven 100% rPET bottles and replaced the former virgin PET designs. Converting to recycled rPET Pact Group was able to further light weight Glow Lab’s amber bottles by an average of -27% (approx. 37 tonnes per annum). Based on Glow Lab’s volumes, this equates to approximately 130 tonnes of plastic that has been reused and diverted from landfill.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, packaging within domestic and household items, toys, stationary, gifts, clothing, garden equipment, decorating. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists were Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket, Birdstone Collective & Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly Orora Cartons) for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve, Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the Daisy Pool Covers, Gaprie for the P.C. Nets which are a re-usable, alternative for pallet containment, Outside the Box Caskets for an ecological solution to the traditional timber and MDF casket, Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75% rHDPE household cleaning range and Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the Korrvu uncompromised product protection.

The winner of the Bronze award is Birdstone Collective & Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly Orora Cartons) for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve

The winner of the Silver award is Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket.

The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household category is Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the Korrvu uncompromised product protection.

Korrvu delivers versatility, space efficiency, uncompromised product protection while delivering a unique customer brand experience using a package that is simply is fun and sustainable. Korrvu® packaging uses highly resilient low-slip film that suspends products in the centre of the package, reducing damage from shock and vibration while maximising the visual appearance. The product can be easily removed from the box without the need for additional protective shrink wrap which is hard to grasp and open, often requiring scissors or a knife. The efficient design enables packages to be easily opened, reused and recycled.

The winner of the Silver award is Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket.

The winner of the Bronze award is Birdstone Collective & Orora Cartons for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve

During the judging for the Domestic and Household category a number of unique and innovative designs were also noted, and the judges decided to introduce a NEW category from this year into the PIDA Award program called ‘Outside of the Box’. This category is also eligible for a WorldStar Packaging Award.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Outside of the Box
The Gold winner of the inaugural 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Outside of the Box category is Outside the Box Caskets for an ecological solution to the traditional timber and MDF casket.

Outside The Box designs have a very different aesthetic and sustainable footprint to current solutions. The structural design has been developed to meet the strict requirements of the global green burial movement by being fully compostable, which leaves no footprint. While still being functional for its intended purpose, the solution has been rigorously weight tested and has 300 kg load bearing capabilities: all the while being cardboard. This unique innovation is also the first cardboard casket in NZ to meet Natural Burials requirements which means the carbon footprint is even lower compared to a traditional option. In partnership with Trees for Survival, the company also donates a native NZ tree back to the community.

The winner of the Silver award is Gaprie for the P.C. Nets which are a re-usable, alternative for pallet containment.

The winner of the Bronze award for this new category is Sealed Air for the Daisy Pool Covers.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration
The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration Category is designed to recognise the addition of content to a pack which creates a unique or innovative appearance, function or communication. This may include labels, sleeves, tags, coding/markings, etching, directly applied inks or by any other similar process. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Award Category.

Finalists were NCI Packaging & DuluxGroup for the Porter’s Paints superior crafted paint can range and UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

The winner of the 2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration category is NCI Packaging & DuluxGroup for the Porter’s Paints superior crafted paint can range.

NCI Packaging worked with Porter’s Paints to produce a superior crafted paint can that showcased the brand’s premium quality and differentiated itself within Bunning’s stores. When shopping in paint or hardware stores consumers can be overcome by different paint brands, all fighting for attention using packaging screaming features and benefits, in overwhelmingly bright colours and glossy finishes. The Porter’s point of sale concept creates a store within a store approach within Bunning’s. Knowing that the paint can industry in Australia has never produced a matte can before has allowed Porter’s and NCI to set the tone and be very creative with how they went about using colours, fonts, dyes and materials against a matt finish. The Porter’s range sits together in the point of sale unit, simplifying the shopping experience. This differs to other brands, which are grouped in categories.

2020 Accessible Packaging Design Special Award
The Accessible Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative. Accessible Packaging Design needs to include measuring techniques, understanding injuries caused by packaging and consumer satisfaction levels with packaging accessibility. This award is sponsored by Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.

Finalists were Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range and Reckitt Benckiser for Gaviscon Dual Action Sachets.

The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Accessible Packaging Design Special Category is Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range

Ecolean worked with Bannister Downs Dairy to design innovative and lightweight beverage packaging that is certified as easy-to-open and easy-to-use by people with reduced hand function.

The Bannister Downs Dairy range has been designed with obvious opening points and the packaging is intuitive to use and open. As the design is shaped like a standard jug, a format well-known for containing and pouring liquids it is intuitive with the ‘tear off’ instructions near the tip of the pack to open the package. The opening tear operates as indicated along the dotted line. The tear-off spout makes the packages easy to open and empty with no need for the use of tools.

The design is also easy to grip, control and manoeuvre with the ‘Firm’ grip Air-filled handle offering stability to hold the package regardless of whether the person is left or right-handed. Ecolean has considered the sustainable packaging design principles and chosen a lightweight flexible package, and the packaging is accepted through the REDcycle recycling program.

 

 

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year Special Award

The Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year Special Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery. One of the winners will be awarded the custom EcodEX packaging environmental assessment valued at $10,000. Selerant will implement its acclaimed EcodEX assessment and provide the winner a reputable third-party environmental evaluation of the product package or formulation. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards Category.

Finalists were Birdstone Collective & Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly Orora Cartons) for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve, Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton, Coca-Cola Amatil for the 100 per cent recyclable post-consumer recycled rPET bottles, ecostore Ltd for New Zealand’s first 100 per cent Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) limited edition hand wash, Nestlé Australia Ltd for the KITKAT Chocolatory recyclable e-commerce solution, Omni Group for the PerformX 100 per cent recyclable stretch wrap, between Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) for the recyclable moulded paper inserts, Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75 per cent rHDPE household cleaning range, Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector, Planet Protector Packaging for the home compostable mailer pouch, Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods, UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

The Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award is always the hardest category to judge as the volume of entries is so high each year and the judges have an extensive process just to narrow it down to a finalist list. This year was no exception.

This year the judges have decided to provide two sub-categories within the award 1. Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Retail Pack and 2. Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection.

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award – Retail Pack
The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year category – Retail Pack is Coca-Cola Amatil for the 100 per cent recyclable post-consumer recycled rPET bottles.

Many other bottlers both in Australia and around the world have converted their water bottles to 100% rPET, however CCA is the first to achieve this on the technical difficult carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottles, sensitive warm filled bottles and aseptic dairy bottles. By converting all of these skus to 100% rPET, seven out of every ten bottles CCA sells in Australia are now made from recycled post-consumer resin. This equates to over 55% of CCA’s total PET tonnage or a reduction of CCA’s use of virgin plastics in Australia by around 16,000 tonnes a year. Even more technically remarkable after the bottle weight reductions undertaken over the last decade, the conversion to rPET was achieved without increasing the weights of any packs and in the case of the preform used for warm fill and aseptic dairy, they successfully light weighted these bottles by a further 8.5% during the conversion to rPET.

 

The winner of the Silver Retail Pack award is Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75% rHDPE household cleaning range.

The winner of the Bronze Retail Pack award is actually a tie between Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton and UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award – Product Protection
The winner of the Gold Award for the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection category is actually a tie between Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) for the recyclable moulded paper inserts Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods.

Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) for the recyclable moulded paper inserts
The Opal Packaging Australia (Formerly ORORA Fibre Packaging) inserts provide superior protection and presentation for fresh produce inside the carton and offer a recyclable alternative to standard, non-recyclable PVC plastic inserts. The recyclable moulded paper inserts are made from responsibly sourced fibre and can be customised with specific colours and branding for a range of products. The individually moulded trays provide shock and vibration protection (no ringing on fruit) and offers ventilation and moisture control characteristics to ensure fresh produce integrity.

Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods
Sealed Air’s TempGuard is a fully Kerbside recyclable and ARL compliant paper pouch liner made from virgin kraft paper and is filled with 100% recycled paper. It is used to line cartons that are used for distribution to deliver exceptional thermal insulation for chilled items including chilled meals, pharmaceuticals, and chocolate. TempGuard™ is fully recyclable through PREP with on pack communication providing clear information to consumers about what to do with the product at the end of life.

The judges awarded a High Commendation for the Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year – Product Protection category to Omni Group for the PerformX 100% recyclable stretch wrap.

2020 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award
The purpose of the Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Packaging industry.

Finalists were Alison Appleby, Member Resource & Program Coordinator, APCO, Christopher Moffatt AAIP, Quality Control Coordinator & Product Developer, Caspak Products and Kelly Wade, Scientist, Scion (New Zealand).

And the winner of the 2020 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is.Kelly Wade, Scientist, Scion in New Zealand.

With a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland, a PhD investigating intervertebral disc nucleus microstructure and biomechanics relationships Kelly was subsequently awarded a number of awards and postdoctoral research fellowships in spine research which found him studying overseas.

Kelly returned to New Zealand in 2018 to work in the Scion Biopolymers and Chemicals team – applying his background of microstructure and biomechanics relationships to innovative packaging solutions.

Kelly is responsible for managing and operating Scion’s WHITE room – an internationally unique facility designed to replicate the effects of humidity and temperature on boxes under stress in the chilled distribution chain. Knowing the conditions under which packaging is likely to fail allows manufacturers of packaging materials and packaging to design materials fit for purpose. Kelly is working with leading global box companies and leading exporters to make sure their products reach the market in perfect condition.

Kelly is now combining his previous knowledge around intervertebral disc structure-function relationships with characteristics of paperboard products and how their structure responds to loading and environment. Kelly and his team are targeting corrugated board boxes that fail in supply chains and cost New Zealand and international company’s billions of dollars in damaged goods – He is investigating solutions designed to strengthen boxes before they begin to fail. These solutions will be based on novel box designs incorporating biomimetic principles.

The Australian Institute of Packaging  (AIP), in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the finalists and the winners for once again showcasing the unique and innovative packaging designs that are created by amazing Packaging Technologists and Designers across Australia and New Zealand. All of the companies who were awarded a PIDA award are now eligible to enter the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The AIP would also like to acknowledge the following award sponsors: Platinum – APCO, Viscotec and Wellman Packaging, Silver – Auspouch, Metalprint, Mosca, Platypus Print Packaging, Verix and Westrock, Bronze – Bio-lutions, Caps and Closures, Cemac, JL Lennard, KHS, Konica Minolta, OF Packaging, Planet Protector, Sealed Air, Taghleef Industries, TetraPak, Zipform Packaging, Esko, Supporters – Aeson Material and Ecolean. In addition, Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand have sponsored the Accessible Packaging Design Special Award and Selerant have generously donated a prize for the winner of the Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award.

PIDA award finalists announced

Finalists have been announced for the 2020 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA), which has been designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand.

The PIDA Awards are coordinated by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards. The 2020 PIDA winners will automatically be eligible for entry into the 2021 WorldStar Packaging Awards competition.

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year company awards recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging within each of these five manufacturing categories:

  1. Food
  2. Beverage
  3. Health, Beauty & Wellness
  4. Domestic & Household
  5. Labelling & Decoration

The PIDA Awards also sees finalists in a number of special awards including:

  1. Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award
  2. Accessible Packaging Design Special Award
  3. Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Food Category

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Food Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other. All entries are also judged on sustainable packaging design considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists are:

  • Arnott’s Cracker Chips unique split case innovation;
  • BioBag World Australia for compostable cucumber wrap;
  • Disruptive Packaging for Uniqcor for cold chain environments;
  • OF Packaging for Local Legends novelty shaped pouches;
  • Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector;
  • Platypus Print Packaging for the Youfoodz Meal Kit; and
  • Primo Foods for the Red Range Slice Pack.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Beverage Category

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Beverage Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists are:

  • Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton;
  • Coca-Cola Amatil for 100 per cent recyclable rPET bottles;
  • Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range;
  • JUST Water plant-based reusable water bottle; and
  • O-I Glass ANZ for the Millie fruit juice range.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within cosmetics, toiletries, personal hygiene, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral care. This award also covers packaging of all medicines including over the counter medicines, medical equipment packaging. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists are:

  • Pact Group for the New Zealand Earthwise Glow Labs brand of PCR 100 per cent rPET bottle range; and
  • Kahuku Natural refillable stainless-steel range of cleansers and liquid soaps.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Domestic & Household Category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, packaging within domestic and household items, toys, stationary, gifts, clothing, garden equipment, decorating. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards category.

Finalists are:

  • Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket;
  • Birdstone Collective & Orora Cartons for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve;
  • Daisy Pool Covers &  Sealed Air, Gaprie for the P.C. Nets which are a re-usable, alternative for pallet containment
  • Outside the Box Caskets for an ecological solution to the traditional timber and MDF casket;
  • Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75 per cent rHDPE household cleaning range; and
  • Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the Korrvu uncompromised product protection.

2020 Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year Award – Labelling & Decoration Category is designed to recognise the addition of content to a pack which creates a unique or innovative appearance, function or communication. This may include labels, sleeves, tags, coding/markings, etching, directly applied inks or by any other similar process. All entries are also judged on Sustainable Packaging Design Considerations and what packaging changes they are undertaking to meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. This is a WorldStar Packaging Award Category.

Finalists are:

  • NCI Packaging & DuluxGroup for the Porter’s Paints superior crafted paint can range; and
  • UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

2020 Accessible Packaging Design Special Award

The Accessible Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative. Accessible Packaging Design needs to include measuring techniques, understanding injuries caused by packaging and consumer satisfaction levels with packaging accessibility. This award is sponsored by Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.

Finalists are:

  • Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range; and
  • Reckitt Benckiser for Gaviscon Dual Action Sachets.

2020 Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award

The Sustainable Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery. One of the winners will be awarded the custom EcodEX packaging environmental assessment valued at $10,000. Selerant will implement its acclaimed EcodEX assessment and provide the winner a reputable third-party environmental evaluation of the product package or formulation. This is a WorldStar Packaging Awards Category.

Finalists are:

  • Birdstone Collective & Orora Cartons for the recyclable Telstra Sleeve;
  • Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton;
  • Coca-Cola Amatil for the 100 per cent recyclable post-consumer recycled rPET bottles;
  • ecostore Ltd for New Zealand’s first 100 per cent Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) limited edition hand wash;
  • Nestlé Australia Ltd for the KITKAT Chocolatory recyclable e-commerce solution;
  • Omni Group for the PerformX 100 per cent recyclable stretch wrap;
  • ORORA Fibre Packaging for the recyclable moulded paper inserts;
  • Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75 per cent rHDPE household cleaning range;
  • Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector;
  • Planet Protector Packaging for the home compostable mailer pouch;
  • Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive good; and
  • UPM Raflatac & Kiwi Labels for the CUSTOM-PAK rPET Cherry Punnet with self-adhesive label, permanent adhesive that is also washable at the PET recycling plant.

2020 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award

The purpose of the Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Packaging industry.

Finalists are:

  • Alison Appleby, member resource and program coordinator, APCO;
  • Christopher Moffatt AAIP, quality control coordinator and product developer, Caspak Products; and
  • Kelly Wade, scientist, Scion (New Zealand).

The 2020 Australasian PIDA winners will be formally announced virtually in April.

The AIP acknowledges the following sponsors: Platinum – APCO, Viscotec and Wellman Packaging, Silver – Auspouch, Metalprint, Mosca, Platypus Print Packaging, Verix and Westrock, Bronze – Bio-lutions, Caps and Closures, Cemac, JL Lennard, KHS, Konica Minolta, OF Packaging, Planet Protector, Sealed Air, Taghleef Industries, TetraPak, Vanden Recycling, Zipform Packaging, Esko, Supporters – Aeson Material and Ecolean.

Accessible packaging design is the key to helping consumers

How many times have we all grabbed a knife to open a pack of food, spilt it across the kitchen because the pack was too hard to open, been unable to read the text on the pack (even with glasses on) and then vowed to never buy that brand again? Now imagine if you were part of the ageing population, hospitalised, a consumer with a disability, an arthritis sufferer or a child.

All too often, accessible packaging is not considered when designing products, which in turn leads to unnecessary frustration when opening and closing packs, reading the ingredients and opening instructions on packaging. It is important that packaging technologists consider how their packaging design could affect someone’s ability to eat, drink and the flow on of wasting food.

Research from Arthritis Australia in 2018 shows that:
• All consumers struggle with packaging, but the growing ageing population, consumers with disabilities, arthritis sufferers and children are impacted the most.
• 44 per cent of consumers struggle with packaging every day.
• 92 per cent of consumers have spilt or damaged a product when trying to open the packaging.
• When consumers experience hard-to-open packaging:
o 56 per cent look for the product but in a different type of packaging.
o 21 per cent look at buying a competitor’s product.
• 65 per cent of consumers have had to wait for someone to come and open packaging for them.
• 1-in-2 Australians have injured themselves opening packaging – including deep cuts and chipped teeth.
• 89 per cent of consumers are currently feeling frustrated or furious with packaging.
• 67,000 people in the UK visited hospitals’ casualty departments every year due to an accident involving food and drink packaging.
So, I ask you do you consider accessible design and ease of use critical design elements on your packaging? Are your packaging technologists using available resources and training to better understand the needs of this consumer market?

Step one: accessibility packaging design guidelines
If you aren’t using the Accessibility Packaging Design Guidelines developed by Arthritis Australia, in conjunction with Brad Fain from Georgia Tech Research Institute, and available in New Zealand through a partnership with Arthritis New Zealand, then you could already be losing customers whose abilities are not being considered and their needs are not being met.

Key guidelines include that packaging must be easy to open and use for those with limited functional abilities, packaging labelling must be highly legible, and packaging shall be fit-for-purpose and must be able to demonstrate accessibility.

Step two: accessible packaging design training
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in conjunction with Arthritis Australia and Georgia Tech Research Institute, have developed a one-day training course on accessible packaging design. The course allows attendees to become aware of the required design requirements and understanding the ease-of-use packaging design tools, which include examples from around the world. It also provides information on changing household demographics, meal preparation requirements and case studies from users.

Attendees will learn measuring techniques, injuries caused by packaging and current consumer satisfaction levels with packaging accessibility. The course offers an activities-based approach, hands-on team exercises letting participants understand the constraints on current packaging designs for people with disabilities, arthritis sufferers, children and the ageing population. This includes the testing with simulation gloves that have been developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute in the US and reading glasses from a UK researcher. Attendees will leave the course with a different approach to packaging design; an approach that includes all sectors of our community.

Step three: recognition of innovative accessible packaging design
The AIP, in conjunction with Arthritis Australia and New Zealand, has developed a new Accessible Packaging Design Award that is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative. The judges are looking for accessible packaging design, which includes measuring techniques, understanding injuries caused by packaging and consumer satisfaction levels with packaging accessibility. The inaugural award winners were announced as a part of the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA), which are run by the AIP and are designed for Australia and New Zealand.

Finalists for 2019 were SPC Ardmona, Flavour Creations, Moana New Zealand & Sealed Air for Cryovac Grip and Tear and Campbell Arnott’s. All four finalists deserve to be recognised for incorporating accessible packaging design into their ranges and it is inspiring to see some of the innovations that they have been working on.

The 2019 Gold Award went to SPC Ardmona. They developed their SPC ProVital Easy-Open Diced Fruit in Jelly range that is designed for all consumers to open, including those with reduced fine motor skills. It has dexterity and strength, and on-pack communication is clear, crisp and legible for all. This design achieved easy-to-open certification as well as an ISR +8 Accessibility Rating (i.e. the product is universally easy to open, with 95 per cent of the population able to open the pack without tools).

The 2019 Silver Award went to Flavour Creations who developed its pre-thickened Ready-to-drink (RTD) packaged in the new dysphagia Cup and Cup Holder that were designed to specifically increase rates of hydration and decrease rates of malnutrition for residents/patients with dysphagia. Along with the reusable holder and plastic over seal, the snap fitting portion control cup has a large overhanging tab that is textured and clear ‘peel back’ wording to make it obvious to the consumer how to open the product.

A Special Commendation went to Moana New Zealand & Sealed Air for Cryovac Grip and Tear (including ‘small tab’), which was designed to foster ease of use to packaged meat, poultry, and seafood products for processing, food service and retail markets. This accessible packaging design enables convenient product access using a packaging design that is simple and intuitive for consumers to use (irrespective of their age or functional abilities). Previously, these difficult to open items required opening tools, which could easily cause injuries. The grip-and-tear feature means the packs can now be opened by a simple hand action.

Sealed Air have undertaken design innovation in the development of the grip-and-tear feature to meet both the food handling and food protection requirements for the range of products proposed for the packaging format.

Accessible packaging design that is intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative should be an integral part of your packaging and we encourage you to integrate this critical element into your future NPD processes. Imagine the difference you could make.

PIDA winner recognised with Global Lifetime Achievement Award

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) are extremely proud to advise that 2019 PIDA Industry Excellence Award Winner, Joe Foster MAIP has been recognised as one of two international Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Awardees for the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The judges, from all over the world elected Joe Foster, Australia and Keith Pearson, South Africa as the 2020 WPO Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Awardees.

According to Pierre Pienaar, president, World Packaging Organisation (WPO), “The Lifetime Achievement in Packaging Award was established with the aim of acknowledging and rewarding excellence in all aspects of packaging science, technology, design and application across every country around the world.

“The discipline of packaging is one that is truly global and the WPO is in a unique position to identify leading practitioners from around the world who have consistently pushed the boundaries in advancing the art, science and application of packaging to serve the needs of an ever more demanding society. These prestigious awards will celebrate and preserve in perpetuity the collective achievements of these innovators.”

“Joe Foster, co-founder and director, OF Packaging has had a passion for flexible packaging for most of his life and has run four businesses across four countries over the last 35 years,” said Nerida Kelton, executive director, AIP.

“Joe has spent the majority of his career working to not only understand flexible packaging at its core, but progress the possibilities of flexible plastics with a continued focus on packaging innovation. His true legacy revolves around his resoundingly passionate attitude towards flexible packaging,” she said.

“Joe sees beyond what flexible packaging is, to what it can be, and hopes to create an evolved understanding of flexible packaging and the place it holds in society. His goal is to improve the relationship we have with flexible packaging and plastics, helping inspire new respect for packaging and improving consumer and waste behaviours along the way,”  Kelton said.

Joe Foster will be recognised alongside 17 other Australia and New Zealand companies during the WorldStar Award Ceremony & Gala Dinner, in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 8 May, 2020. Winners from ANZ also received the third highest amount of WorldStar Packaging Awards in total in the world behind Japan and China.

Four ANZ entries tipped for Special World Star Packaging Awards

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is pleased to announce that 4x Australian and New Zealand companies have been shortlisted as finalists for 3x of the WorldStar Packaging Special Awards, which are run by the World Packaging Organisation.

What makes this recognition even more meaningful is that no ANZ packaging innovation has ever been recognised or shortlisted in the President’s Award and two of the three finalists in the Sustainability Award are also PIDA 2019 Award winners.

ANZ finalist for the President’s Award is Plantic RV Skin Packaging Materials (PlanticTechnologies, Aust)

ANZ finalists for the Sustainability Award are Woolworths Bakery Plant Fibre Tray (Woolworths, Australia) and LewisRoad 100 per cent rPET Milk Bottle (#Pact, NZ)

ANZ finalist for Packaging that Saves Food Award is Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm and Sealed Air for Cryovac Darfresh on Tray (SealedAir, Aust)

The winners of each Special Award will be announced during the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards at Interpack in Duesseldorf, Germany on the 8th of May.

Winners from ANZ also received the third highest amount of WorldStar Packaging Awards in total in the world behind Japan and China. This brings the ANZ total awards to 17 for the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards

Deadline for PIDA Awards announced

Entries are now open for the 2020 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards for Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), in conjunction with Packaging New Zealand, have designed the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and New Zealand. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive award program for all Australia and New Zealand entries into the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards, which are coordinated by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO).

2020 PIDA categories include:

  • Design Innovation of the Year: Food
  • Design Innovation of the Year: Beverage
  • Design Innovation of the Year: Health, Beauty & Wellness
  • Design Innovation of the Year: Domestic & Household
  • Design Innovation of the Year: Labelling & Decoration
  • Sustainable Packaging Special Award
  • Save Food Packaging Design Special Award
  • Accessible Packaging Design Special Award
  • Young Packaging Professional of the Year
  • Industry Packaging Professional of the Year
  • Packaging New Zealand Scholarship

Click here to down load entry forms.

How innovators save food through sustainable packaging

One of the key objectives of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), outside of providing the industry with professional packaging education and training, is to continually shine the light on individuals and companies who are making a significant difference in their field of packaging. Recognising innovation and unique packaging development is important to the AIP as we believe that it not only acknowledges inspiring individuals and teams, but also encourages others to be innovative.

Sadly, packaging technologists and designers often go unrecognised within their business and establishing the Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) is an external peer-reviewed and deserved industry recognition.

The PIDA Awards have been designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand and are coordinated by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and Packaging New Zealand.

A feature of the PIDA Awards is that they are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards and provide an opportunity for Australian and New Zealand companies to also be recognised on an international packaging platform. The 2019 PIDA winners, for example, will automatically be eligible for entry into the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards competition which will be held alongside the largest packaging exhibition in the world Interpack in Germany.

Within the 13 award categories, there are a number of special awards that are focussed on encouraging packaging technologists to consider the issues of accessible packaging, sustainable packaging and save food packaging as everyday criteria for their packaging development.

With all of the discussions focussed on fighting food waste, and the role of packaging in minimising food waste, it is important that the industry recognises and awards companies who are working in this design area and trying to make a difference. The Save Food Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative and sustainable packaging solutions that minimise food losses and food waste, extend shelf life and improve the supply of food.

A key component of the Save Food Packaging Design Special Award is to raise the profile of the critical role of packaging to reduce food waste and therefore, reduce product’s overall environmental impact. Avoiding food waste is a critical packaging issue and one that food producers, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and consumers need to better understand. While the primary function of packaging is to protect the contents, the function of packaging to reduce food waste is rarely discussed. The connection between packaging design and food waste needs to be discussed more openly in the industry. From field to fork, there are a number of possibilities for food loss and waste to occur. It has been approximated that up to one-third of the edible food produced does not reach the fork and packaging a role to play to minimise food waste.

Opportunities for packaging design to reduce or eliminate food waste can include better facilitation or communication around portioning, expiry date/best before extensions, or better clarification and even leftover storage solutions. The packaging should also highlight a range of design factors that help to prevent food waste including mechanical protection, physical-chemical protection, resealability, easy to open, grip, dose and empty, contains the correct quantity and serving size, food safety/freshness information, expiry date and “Best before” date, information on storage options and improved communication on packs including open, reseal, close and dispense. The packaging should also facilitate sorting of household waste – easy to clean, separate, recycle or reuse.

The 2019 Save Food Packaging Design Special Award Finalists are Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm and Sealed Air for Cryovac Darfresh on Tray vacuum skin technology, Plantic Technologies for the Plantic RV Material that was designed for Moana seafood company and Flavour Creations for their pre-thickened Ready-to-drink (RTDs) new Dysphagia Cup and Cup Holder.

Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm and Sealed Air have been recognised for Cryovac Darfresh on Tray vacuum skin technology that has been engineered to address food safety, 25 per cent extension of shelf life over the previously used Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) format and improved on-pack communication. The Hazeldene design project had included a range of design factors to reduce food waste and included the tear tap peelable top film allows for easy access to the product. The top film is tough enough to withstand possible bone puncture marks, with the serving size optimised for two people. The skin packaging format allows the pack to be frozen and thawed without product degradation and “best before” date is clearly shown on the packaging.

Plantic Technologies have been recognised for the Plantic RV Material that was designed for Moana seafood company to be able to supply fresh fish to the online meal delivery company “My Food Bag”. The fish had to be protected to maintain freshness for home deliveries, extend the shelf life of fresh fish from the day that the fish were caught and packed until delivery to warehouse to provide Moana with greater flexibility in their production.

Flavour Creations has been recognised for their pre-thickened ready-to-drink (RTDs) which are a shelf-stable product with 12 months shelf-life when unopened and best before dates are clearly legible, When the RTD’s are packaged in the new dysphagia cup and cup holder they are designed to reduce food wastage by enabling better motor control of the drinking process, improving grip, stability and ensuring the ability to consume the full contents.”

The AIP has Best-Practice examples to showcase what true and innovative Save Food Packaging Design really looks like to help guide others. The AIP has spent the last four years developing Save Food Packaging Design guidelines that have been the foundation of the award category judging. These guidelines enable the judges to provide feedback and areas of improvement to the entrants so that they can ensure that all of the criteria are met to successfully market their packaging as unique for saving food. The long-term goal is that all Food Packaging Technologists and Designers incorporate Save Food Design guidelines as a standard practice into their NPD process. Every food manufacturer has a role to play in minimising food waste and it can start with your packaging design.