DuPont has announced its 2017 winners of the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, honouring companies that have demonstrated major advancements in packaging technology to address the diverse and particular needs of consumers in markets around the world.
This year’s Diamond Award, the highest honour, was awarded to the Fritz™ Water Vest, which allows people in developing countries to carry up to 20 pounds of water easily and safely. Judges felt this is an out-of-the-box solution for a significant global problem and was designed with an overwhelming sense of the greater good. The vest is antimicrobial, ergonomic and reusable.
“The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation demonstrate how creative, committed and agile the packaging industry is in addressing global issues and consumer needs,” said Bernard Rioux, global packaging leader, DuPont Performance Materials. “This year’s winners included solutions for novel food storage, fermenting food products, premium beauty products, new packaging materials to target millennials and more. This competition brings out the very best of everyone in the packaging industry, and we are thrilled to see innovators raising the bar each year.”
Now in its 29th year, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain and is recognized globally as the leading awards program in the sector. The international competition honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. An independent panel of packaging experts evaluated nearly 150 entries from 24 countries and recognized those that excel in the categories of technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience. In addition to the award noted above, the judges awarded five diamond finalist award winners, nine gold winners and six silver winners based on “excellence” in one, two or three categories.
“The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is exciting because of the global nature of the competition. It is objective, you don’t have to use DuPont materials, and there is no entry fee,” said Lead Judge David Luttenberger, CPP, global packaging director of Mintel Group Ltd. “DuPont brings a great variety of disciplines of expertise for the judging panel to really get a global perspective across design, engineering, retail, converting, and academia, which helps us hone in on what’s important and what’s valuable about packaging.”