Graham Packaging, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, received the highest accolade, the Diamond Award, for its Thermaset® Blow Molded PET Container for hot-fill, pasteurized food. Thermoset® offers consumers a shatter-resistant, easy-to-hold, safe, recyclable container that significantly reduces shipping, breakage and other manufacturing costs for the brand owner.
The newly inaugurated Diamond Finalist award, given to six companies, acknowledges the growing number of packaging innovations that excel in all three categories: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience. As a result of ground-breaking, cutting-edge excellence in the packaging marketplace, judges awarded a new Leadership in Innovation Award to MGI, based in Melbourne, Florida. MGI was recognized for its digital spot UV and hot foiling technology for next-generation digital package decoration, with advancements in customization, personalization and cost-effectiveness.
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 packaging awards program. The international competition honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. An independent panel of packaging experts evaluated nearly 200 entries from more than 25 countries. In addition to the awards noted above, the judges awarded five gold winners and nine silver winners based on “excellence” in one or two categories. Learn more about the awards by following DuPont Packaging on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
ThermaSet® Blow Molded PET Container for Hot Fill, Pasteurized Food (Graham Packaging, USA)
Graham Packaging was named the Diamond Award winner in the 28th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for ThermaSet®, a blow molded PET container for hot fill, pasteurized food. It was honored for Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience. Consumer goods companies have been seeking a package that significantly reduces shipping, breakage and other manufacturing costs, and that responds to retailer requests for a more environmentally sustainable product with lower greenhouse gas emissions and a reduced carbon footprint. The innovative ThermaSet® technology manipulates the morphology of PET, creating a container with properties far beyond those of standard PET: thermal stability above 300°F, 50% greater sidewall rigidity and a 25% increase in oxygen barrier. ThermaSet® is a lighter weight, shatter resistant, drop-in replacement for glass on high temperature fill lines, allowing for the use of existing manufacturing assets while retaining the universally preferred metal lug closure which indicates quality and freshness. The reduced wall thickness results in a narrower jar that frees up valuable shelf space and provides the consumer with a safer package which is easier to handle, use and recycle. In fact, the jar is 100% recyclable as PET code 1. ThermaSet® offers retailers and brand owners high-clarity, rigid plastic containers that remove breakage, downtime and cost along the supply chain, while increasing convenience for the consumer. Honored for Excellence in Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging, and Enhanced User Experience. (Back to Beginning)
DIAMOND FINALIST AWARD
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