Founded in 1986, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation program is known worldwide as the leading packaging awards program. The international, independently-judged competition recognises international innovations in the science, inspiration and creativity that are used in packaging design, materials, technology and processes across the entire packaging value chain that change the way we live, reflecting future global challenges and reflecting the important role of the consumer.
Only commercial products, technologies and processes are eligible. Entries are packaging innovations commercially sold in the market, but do not need to incorporate any DuPont material or technology.
The 2016 Dupont awards have benefited winners with the recognition of leading industry experts to increase visibility in the media and with other packaging industry innovators.
All entries are reviewed and judged by a prestigious, independent panel of international judges who have expertise in all parts of the packaging chain including regulations, design, materials, distribution, retail and more.
In evaluating entries, judges consider excellence based on three main categories:
Technological Advancement: a new or smart use of materials; new technology integration; creative configuration and/or assembly and increased production and/or distribution efficiency.
Responsible Packaging: responsible use of materials; clean and efficient energy consumption; reduction in product and package waste and benefits the greater good
Enhanced User Experience: Fulfils a user need and/or provides an enhanced experience; aids product merchandising and motivates purchase; enables greater product accessibility and establishes a preferred price/value equation
2016 DuPont Awards
The expert judges evaluated almost two-hundred entries from more than twenty-five countries. The judges awarded 5 gold winners and 9 silver winners based on excellence in one or two categories. The twenty-sixth DuPont awards included two new award categories recognizing ground-breaking excellence in packaging innovation: the Leadership in Innovation Award and the Diamond Finalist Award.
Leadership in Innovation Award
MGI (USA) was recognized for its digital spot UV and hot foiling technology package decoration, with advancements in customization, personalization and cost-effectiveness.
The Diamond award was won by Graham Packaging (USA) for the Thermaset® Blow Molded PET Container for hot-fill, pasteurized food. A shatter-resistant, easy-to-hold, safe, recyclable container that significantly reduces shipping, breakage and other manufacturing costs for the brand owner.
Award winners: Diamond Finalists
The new Diamond Finalist award, was given to 6 companies, acknowledging the growing number of packaging innovations that excelled across all criteria.
Daisy Squeeze-Flexible Pouch for Daisy Brand Sour Cream (Aptar Food and Beverage, USA)
Lightweight Square-Shaped Edible Oil Bottle and Cap (Adani Wilmar Ltd. India)
Premium Whole Leaf Tea/Coffee Brewing System (Coffeebrewer Nordic A/S, Denmark)
Printed Coldform for Doril Enxaqueca Medicine (Bemis Latin America, Brazil)
Method Liquid Laundry Detergent 53-Ounce PET Post-Consumer Recycled Bottle (Amcor Rigid Plastics, USA)
NIKE Inflatables 2015/2016 Packaging Redesign (OIA Global, USA)
Award winners: Gold
Water-Based Retortable Sauce Pack (Pulmuone Company Ltd., Korea)
SYNEK Beer Cartridge Pouch (Mondi Jackson, USA)
Formpack® Ultra Blister Packaging (Amcor Flexibles, Germany)
Never Miss a Spot Technology, Extended Wand Sunscreen Applicator (PHD Skincare, USA)
Rust-Oleum® SpraySmart™ Marking Paint Pouch (Printpack, USA)
Award winners: Silver
Christmas Bow Label (Coca Cola, Belgium)
Next Generation Spice Paste Tube (House Foods Group Inc. Japan)
Sani-Stak™ Take-Out Container (Go To Containers, USA)
Tetra Rex® Bio-Based Fully Renewable Chilled Carton (TetraPak, Italy)
PhutureMed™: Advanced Packaging Solution for Pharmaceuticals (Palladio Group, Italy)
Transparent DuPont™ Surlyn® Tube (COTY Brasil)
Klearfold® Keeper Package – Enigma USB Hardware Encryption & Decryption Device (HLP Klearfold, USA)
Korrvu Lok™ – Performance Packaging for eCommerce (Sealed Air, USA)
Prestone® Stop Leak Product Line (TricorBraun, USA)
2017 DuPont Packaging Awards
The call for entries opened on August 8, 2016. Entry deadline is February 10, 2017.