ProAmpac received the following:
- A Gold Achievement Award in Printing and Shelf Impact for the Sunrise Growers Organic Cherry Berry Fruit Blend pouch that combines a 3-D appearance with the natural look and feel associated with organic foods. ProAmpac manufactures, prints and varnishes the polyethylene substrate. The same package for Sunrise Growers was recognized last year in the 31st packagePRINTING Excellence Awards, receiving first place in that competition’s Flexo Process category and Best-of-Show out of 200 total entries;
- A Gold Achievement Award in Technical Innovation and a Silver Achievement Award in Packaging Excellence were won for the Whitney Farms Organic Planting Soil package, developed by ProAmpac’s Trinity Division;
- A Silver Medal for Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging for a stand-up pouch (SUP) developed for Farmhouse Culture Kraut.
- This SUP is itself an appealing product billboard on store shelves versus lay-flat pillow pouches. It enables both lower distribution costs and easier carrying versus glass containers. A unique one-way degassing valve, developed jointly by ProAmpac and the valve supplier, releases gas-built up by the live probiotic microbes while maintaining a hermetically sealed pouch. The pouch has a press-to-close reclose feature.
The Silver Packaging Excellence award combines technical excellence, as noted above, with sustainability—employing surface printing on a single (versus double) film using 100% energy-curable (versus solvent) inks on the recyclable substrate—and added shelf impact. Shelf impact results from Trinity’s printing, ink system and UV matte coating—all of which come together ensuring that colors pop and grab the consumer’s eye as they walk through the garden center.
“At ProAmpac, we are driving innovation through collaboration with our customers. This is proving to be enormously successful, but the process is seldom visible beyond the customer and ourselves,” said Adam Grose, chief commercial officer.
“The FPA’s evaluation and award process enables those of us in the flexible packaging industry to showcase the remarkable technologies and innovations our teams create that go into the packaging made by our customers and bought by consumers,” he added.