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The 2021 edition of the Showcase of Packaging Innovations® (Booth N-9720), sponsored by WestRock (Booth C-2023), offers an opportunity to see award-winning innovations from around the world, including the honorees in the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards, sponsored by ProFood World (Central Lobby).
In the AmeriStar section of the Showcase, attendees may help choose the People’s Choice Award. To vote, simply select your favorite AmeriStar award winner and scan a QR code before noon tomorrow. Attendees also may vote at the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Booth C-1253). The winner will be announced at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Located in the Containers and Materials Pavilion in the North Hall, the Showcase of Packaging Innovations features award winners from 10 other organizations. “At WestRock, we connect people to products through deep partnerships built to solve customer challenges,” says Patrick Lindner, chief innovation officer and president of Consumer Packaging for Showcase sponsor WestRock.
Show DailyOne winning package on display is a custom design from Placon (Booth N-9314). It received a WorldStar award in the Medical and Pharmaceutical category from the World Packaging Organisation (Booth C-1141).
The sterile sealed inner and outer tray features a Tyvek® lid, which can be peeled back to access a sterile tube. The outer and inner sterile barriers have a unique grip feature on the edges for more secure handling when wearing medical gloves. The sterile tube uses Placon’s non-abrasive Barger-Gard® polyurethane to create a secure package for medical screw implants and other implant/instrument assemblies.
The tube design allows medical personnel to hold the tube without product contact prior to when the implant is needed during the surgical procedure. Each tube has an open-and-close top that allows access to the screw or device instrument inside. The sterile polyurethane tube prevents puncture or abrasion of the sterile barrier.
Also on display are winners of the 77th Annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition, sponsored by the Paperboard Packaging Council. In that contest, WestRock received 18 awards, including Rigid Box of the Year and Digital Application of the Year. The Rigid Box of the Year award honored a carton for Jung & Wul¹ Luxury Rums. The premium package features a perfectly at foldover face panel and is designed to highlight and securely display the craft spirits.
The Digital Application of the Year honored Mars M&M’s NFL package for the Green Bay Packers. As part of a series of packages sent to stores during the 16-week NFL season, the carton featured digitally printed prior and current game statistics as well as the Packers’ record that week within the division.
Highlights of the 65th annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition, organized by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) (Booth C-1341), include the Shield Pack® clear, high-barrier aseptic IBC (industrial bulk container) liner from Amcor Flexibles North America (Booth SU-7244, SU-7254), which captured a Gold Award for Technical Innovation. Another noteworthy winner in the FPA competition earned a Gold Award–Sustainability for an industrial compostable coffee pod lidding and mother bag for Maxwell House Coffee Canada.