Fantastic flexible packaging: FPA winners 2019

  • FPA 2019 Molson resize 22 percent

    The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) revealed the 2019 winners in the 63rd Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Award Competition, and you can see them in this slideshow presentation.

    The winners were announced during the FPA Welcome Dinner & Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Ceremony held Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 FPA Annual Meeting (March 6-8) at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    This year, 54 packages were submitted in the competition, for a total of 140 entries (some packages were entered into multiple categories). Fourteen packages were honored with 26 Achievement Awards in various categories.

    The judges for this year’s competition included Cory Francer, Senior Editor, packagePRINTING magazine; Robert Kimmel, Sc.D., Associate Professor and Director, Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging, Clemson University; and David Luttenberger, Global Packaging Director, Mintel Group Ltd.

    Growing trends identified by judges were:

    Sustainability continues to be a focus, with a number of entries using bio-based and compostable materials

    Multisensory elements incorporated into flexible packaging; examples include plastic structures that can mimic leathery or soft-feel materials.

    Industry collaboration on packaging was expanding to more than two supplier partners.

    “What impressed me was that we're seeing collaboration across continents, looking at technologies developed in one region and applying them to another, on a global scale,” offered Luttenberger.

    Several of the entries also highlighted the transition of products previously packaged in rigid containers to flexible packaging, and addressed consumer convenience, making it easier for the consumers to shop, transport, dispense from, and use flexible packaging.


    The Highest Achievement Award is evaluated by the judges as possessing overall packaging excellence, significant attributes in all award categories and contributing most to the advancement of the industry.

    Molson Coors – 12 Pack Cooler Bag

    Awards:  Highest Achievement Award

    Gold — Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

    Gold — Printing & Shelf Impact

    Silver — Packaging Excellence

    Manufacturer: Bemis Company, Inc.

    Molson Coors’ 12 Pack Cooler Bag creates a fresh take on the ubiquitous beer carton. The new flexible bag delivers portable convenience with a pouch that expands into a larger, reusable bag that provides additional convenience features. This innovative package features easy-carry handles and can go directly into the refrigerator or cooler. The film’s sturdy, high performance structure allows consumers to reuse the bag. Reusability provides brand benefits to communicate benefits and quality to brand-loyal consumers over and over again.


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    Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders Pouch

    Awards: Gold — Sustainability

    Gold — Packaging Excellence

     Silver — Technical Innovation

    Manufacturer: TC Transcontinental Packaging

    Harney & Sons desired a flexible pouch with luxurious graphics that would protect the aroma and flavor of their fine teas while supporting their environmental values. TC Transcontinental Packaging in collaboration with Charter NEX Films, Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company achieved all of Harney & Sons key criteria of excellent shelf appeal, shelf life, and recyclability. This pouch is the first commercial example of a package which contains EVOH, for oxygen barrier, and moisture barrier properties in a format which is 100% recyclable for in-store drop-off.

    A link to a story about this packaging published February 2019 at sister publication Packaging Digest is found in the last side.

  • FPA Nutro Ulrta Grain Free

    Nutro Ultra Grain Free

    Award: Gold — Printing & Shelf Impact

    Manufacturer: Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC

    The Nutro Ultra Grain Free flat-bottom box pouch offers a powerful shelf presence through purposeful features. The straight sides of the flat bottom enable excellent casing and freight density, outstanding shelf presentation at retail, and ideal home storage. The resealable feature also enables the consumer to keep the product fresher for longer periods of time without having to switch it to a new container. With the eye-popping graphics on the package, this product sets itself apart from the rest of the market place.

  • FPA 2019 Willow Pumps Leak Proof Pouch

    Willow Pump Leak-Proof Pouch

    Awards:  Gold — Technical Innovation

    Silver — Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

    Silver — Packaging Excellence

    Manufacturer: Vonco Products, LLC

    Willow is the world’s first all-in-one wearable breast pump that fits inside a bra. Integral to the system is a doughnut shaped milk bag. Each disposable bag holds 4 oz. and features a one-way valve so milk goes in and doesn’t come out. A fresh bag is tucked inside the Willow pump for each use. Moms can either pour the milk into a bottle for immediate use or they can store it in fridge or freezer.

  • FPA 2019 Amsoil EasyPack

    AMSOIL Easy Pack

    Award: Silver — Printing & Shelf Impact

    Manufacturer: AMSOIL INC.


    AMSOIL Easy Packs are a revolutionary solution to a longstanding problem. From DIYers to professional mechanics, rigid bottles make dispensing fluids difficult in the confined spaces of modern vehicles, resulting in wasted product, spillage, and a poor user experience. The flexibility of the AMSOIL® Easy Pack, integrated handle, and ergonomic design provide confidence and ease-of-use when maneuvering in tight spaces. No need for specialty tools, funnels, pumps, etc.

    A link to the story published at PlasticsToday August 2018 about this packaging, Vehicle oils switch from plastic bottle to user-friendly, high-impact pouches, is found in the last slide.

  • FPA 2019 Bar Asept Liquipouch


    Award: Silver — Technical Innovation

    Manufacturer: Liqui-Box Corporation

    Liqui-Box Bar-Asept high barrier adhesive laminates are used for aseptic sauce packaging and other food products. These new adhesive laminates use high-performance sealants and high barrier coextrusion layers that have excellent sealability (ability to seal through food particulates). They have excellent oxygen barrier, superior robustness, and excellent processing characteristics. The laminates are designed to work with and without a fitment attached, depending on customer requirements, to significantly reduce field leaker rates with outstanding barrier performance.

  • FPA 2019 Spoon Oneful Berry Puffs Pouch

    Before Brands SpoonfulOne Strawberry Puffs

    Award: Silver — Printing & Shelf Impact

    CL&D Graphics, Inc.

    Before Brands SpoonfulOne Strawberry Puffs Gusset Pouches are an excellent example of how converting to flexible packaging creates exceptional brand management. The new, improved packaging creates a colorful, exciting gusset pouch with bold colors and a matte finish to emphasize the many features of their product. Before Brands SpoonfulOne Strawberry Puffs Gusset Pouches is a gusset pouch that contains seven snack packs.


  • ConAgra Slim Jim

    ConAgra Slim Jim Premium Smoked Sticks

    Awards:  Silver — Printing & Shelf Impact

    Silver — Packaging Excellence

    Manufacturer: Bemis Company, Inc.

    Leveraging innovative printing technology, Bemis developed this leather print package for Slim Jim. The simulated leather texture and look is an emerging packaging technology, primarily used in printing and graphics to deliver additional cues of authenticity and quality. This printing innovation enabled brand extension and premiumization for Slim Jim through a visually and texturally differentiated experience from traditional meat stick offerings, while still maintaining critical brand recognition.

  • FPA 2019 JBS-Swift Ovenable Meat Packaging

    JBS-Swift Printed Ovenable Meat Packaging (OvenRite)

    Award: Silver — Technical Innovation

    Manufacturer: Bemis Company, Inc.

    OvenRite packaging is a fully printed ovenable film with high quality graphics for meat and seafood. The film is available in premade pouches or form/fill/seal rollstock. Products can go straight from refrigerator or freezer to the oven while producing a consistent final product with minimal preparation and cleanup. This technology self-vents steam for optimum browning but maintains tenderness and moisture for added flavor. Ovenable inks are used to replace removable labels found on prior cook-in offerings to deliver convenience.

  • FPA 2019 Dole Craft Smoothies

    Dole Crafted Smoothies

    Award: Silver — Sustainability

    Manufacturer: Emerald Packaging, Inc.

    Dole Crafted Smoothies Blend is a series of three varieties launched in early 2018. This PE/ink/waterbased adhesive/PE pouch provides all the required functional and aesthetic properties while utilizing 100% recyclable films. Emerald developed a recyclable alternative, moving the original PET/PE structure to a PE/PE structure. The non-recyclable laminated PET web was replaced by recyclable polyethylene (PE), making it a PE/PE recyclable pouch. It's printed 10 colors on a Windmoeller & Hoelscher Miraflex printing press for dynamic graphics and shelf appeal in the supermarket.

    The PE/PE pouch offers the same convenience and performance of multimaterial pouches with the added benefit of being recyclable where PE bag and film recovery efforts currently exist.

  • FPA 2019 Flexmax Midlab Packaging

    FLEXMAX Packaging for Floor Care Products from Midlab

    Award: Silver — Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

    Manufacturer: Printpack

    Printpack’s Tough Bucket container is a flat-folding, dual-wall 2.5 gallon flexible pouch with the cold temperature drop-impact strength necessary for the containment of large volume liquids. Fitted with a 38mm HDPE spout for easy pouring and reclosure, Tough Bucket combines high stiffness, toughness, and high and low temperature resistance properties in its proprietary-formulated, dual-wall pouching/bagging films. Aggressive chemical and environmental stress-crack resistance completes the package.

  • FPA 2019 Green Giant Spirals

    Green Giant Veggie Spirals PrimaPak Package

    Awards:  Silver — Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

    Silver — Technical Innovation

    Silver — Packaging Excellence

    Manufacturer: Sonoco Flexible Packaging

    The Green Giant Veggie Spirals PrimaPak package is a flexible, stackable, resealable package produced from a single roll of film on modified Ilapak vertical form-fill-seal machinery. The microwaveable packaging is designed with vent holes, as well as a peel reseal lid, for easy opening. The consumer has the option to microwave, blend additional ingredients, and serve directly out of the package, without the need for a bowl or serving dish.

    A link to this story about this packaging published October 2017 at sister publication Packaging Digest is found in the last side.


  • FPA 2019 Sensational pouch

    A Sensational Pouch

    Awards:  Silver — Technical Innovation

    Silver — Printing & Shelf Impact

    Silver — Packaging Excellence

    Manufacturer: St. Johns Packaging Ltd.

    This promotional pouch was designed to introduce a new soft touch film in a flexible packaging application. Use of graphics and the linear tear PLALOC zipper were part of the effort to showcase St. Johns’ packaging capabilities to the market. In an effort to "grab" the customer's attention on the crowded store shelf, the promotional pouch highlights the use of both the visual and tactile aspect of a flexible package. In addition, the use of a gold hot stamp, "Certification of Quality Guarantee" in a flexible application, truly sets this pouch apart in the market.

  • FPA 2019 Sustainable Pouch Easy-Lock

    Sustainable Pouch with Easy-Lock (APLIX) Reclosable Feature

    Award: Silver — Sustainability

    Manufacturer: St. Johns Packaging Ltd.

    This promotional pouch was designed to showcase the internal pouch making capability at St. Johns Packaging with an all PE structure that addresses the consumer, retailer, and consumer product companies’ demands for more environmentally friendly packaging. The design of the package was developed internally, with the side panels of the pouch being utilized to showcase each of the companies involved with the help of a QR Code, allowing for quick access to that company's website.


    Story links mentioned in this slideshow:

    Vehicle oils switch from plastic bottle to user-friendly, high-impact pouches

    Loose tea brews up recyclable barrier pouches

    Green Giant creates new twist on microwavable packaging

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