Products improving usability, hygiene and convenience, and designs extending shelf-life as well as creating differentiation for brands, set the tone in the packaging categories in the World Beverage Innovation Awards 2016.
The categories saw sustainable new options, visually appealing and functional creations, dynamic revamps and modern interpretations of iconic classics.
In the best carton or pouch category, MaiAqua Springs natural spring water was selected as a winner with its bag-in-box silver-coated Kraft paper boxes that are dust-proof and liquid-repellent, thus keeping the water cooler, offering a fresh and convenient choice.
Ecolean impressed with its soft and light Air Aseptic pouch that can be rolled up to take almost no space at all, yet able to hold liquid food products safe without compromise. The design stands up when full and is completely flat when emptied.
UNI Packaging UK joined the finalists with digitally printed coffee bags for Purssells London made from a PE/aluminium laminate. Incorporating a tear notch, resealable zipper and venting valve, the pouches are digitally printed via UNI Packaging’s award-winning digital print offering, Digiflex. With low origination costs and the ability of the digital press to print various designs consecutively with no additional setup, digital print was the ideal solution for Purssells’ short run requirements.
In the best closure category, InCap’s patented infusion system was the winner of the category. The dosing and dispensing closure releases a precise dose of dry or liquid formula in an oxygen- and moisture-restricted chamber with an airtight foil barrier that only mixes with water in the bottle just prior to consumption. The Incap uses solid membrane seals to provide product integrity and function, which is a simple two-part assembly with minimum points of potential failure ensuring absolute oxygen transmission rate (OTR) and water vapour transmission (WVT) barrier.
MaiAqua Springs stood out with its double cap closure, a food-grade PC cap that is removable and can be used as a cup for sharing, while still leaving the bottle securely closed with the inner PE cap. Most importantly the design prevents germs or dust from settling around the mouth opening. The width of the cap is of perfect size for gripping, making it easier and more comfortable to open the bottle.
Clondalkin Flexible Packaging was also among the finalists with its perforated alufoil lids designed and manufactured for loose-leaf tea capsules to be used in used in Unilever’s revolutionary tea pods. The product is the result of five years of R&D by Unilever, during which time Clondalkin has worked to develop the design and specifications of the capsule lids, critical to the operation of the machine. During the tea making process the two perforations are punctured by the machine’s ‘prongs’. Water is then injected through one side, forcing tea leaves out of the other side and into the brewing orb where the tea infuses.
To find out more about the World Food Innovation Awards 2017, click here.
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