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05-27-2014

DuPont Packaging Awards 2014

DuPont has announced this year’s winners of the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. These awards highlight innovative packaging solutions and collaboration throughout the value chain. This year, the program received nearly 200 entries from 31 countries.

Unilever (United Kingdom) took the Diamond Award top honour for its line of compressed deodorants. The international panel of judges recognized their entry 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. 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.

Diamond Winner

Compressed Deodorant Cans Contain Same Quantity with Less Packaging (Unilever – United Kingdom) - Won for Technological Advancement, Responsibility, and Enhanced User Experience

The Award Winners (figure: DuPont)

The Award Winners (figure: DuPont)

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