Packaging innovation was celebrated on the evening of 5 July at the Packaging Awards Dinner, with the presentation of the Starpack Awards 2006. Held in the prestigious Great Room at the Grosvenor House in London’s Mayfair, the awards ceremony rewarded excellence in the packaging industry with 15 Gold Stars, a Supreme Gold and the Technical Innovation Award; 27 Silver Stars, 34 Bronze Stars and nine sponsor awards from a total of 867 individual category entries.
Awards were presented by Hazel Irvine, one of the BBC’s top sports commentators, and guests were also treated to top class cabaret from comic Marcus Brigstocke of Have I Got News for You fame.
Now in their 47th year, the 2006 awards saw the introduction of a number of new categories designed to mirror the many changes in the packaging supply chain. Categories such as Best Flexible Innovation, Best Inclusive Pack, Best Shelf Ready Pack; Best Packaging Component, and Best Use of Innovative Materials, certainly encouraged companies to enter this year’s awards.
Heather Kendle, Packaging Board Chair, IOP: The Packaging Society, said, ‘Consumer concerns about convenience and sustainable packaging, and retailer demands for a more pro-active stance on packaging issues have been answered by many of this year’s innovative entries’. She added, ‘For the ?rst time this year only a single Gold has been awarded in each category ensuring that the quest for excellence is undiluted. Although this has made the judging process harder, it provides a benchmark by which companies can assess their performance against the packaging elite’.
The Supreme Gold Award went to a beautifully designed and innovative bottle for Diageo’s Oronoco rum, which the judges said was a ‘stunning pack combining technical difficulty with real shelf presence’.
Technical excellence was high on the agenda across all categories but the ultimate winner of the Technical Innovation Award was AstraZeneca, Jones Garrard and Perlos Corporation for the Zoladex™ SafeSystem™ Syringe.
Gold star awards
The ingenious PopUp Cap from Plastohm took the Gold Star in Best Consumer Convenience Packaging and also for the Best Component
Superfos walked away with a Gold Star - Best Consumer Pack: Non-Food - for its clever paint pack for ICI Glidden.
The Best Shelf Ready Pack Gold Star was won by Taylowe with its Options and Ovaltine solution for R Twining & Co.
A well-engineered and attractive transit pack for a delicate handmade Japanese Tea Set, by Smurfit Kappa, Gosport, took the Gold Star for the Best Transit Pack.
Nampak Cartons won the Gold Star - Best in Creative Cartonboard Packaging – Food with a Cartonboard Sandwich Pack for M&S featuring a PLA window.
Gold Star - Best in Creative Cartonboard Packaging – Non Food - was won by Taylowe with a range of bespoke cartons for William Grant's Cask Selection.
Excelsior Technologies’ Zip’n Steam which took the Gold Star - Best Flexible Plastic Innovation - was described as “a superb innovation in flexible plastic material” by the judges.
A complex, wedge-shaped bottle for Sambao (a Cachaca Spirit) won a Gold Star for Allied Glass Containers and Diageo for the Best Innovation in Glass Packaging.
Best Label Printer – Gold Star was won by Taylowe with its printed tubes for Antiquary 21 Years Old Superior Deluxe Scotch Whisky.
A clever double-barrelled bottle with shrink sleeve for Vanish Dual Power won the Gold Star - Best Inclusive Pack for Reckitt Benckiser (UK) and Fuji Seal Europe.
Cool-AirTM won the Gold Star – Best Innovative Pack for Robinson Paperboard Packaging.
The DHL Exel Supply Chain Award: Transit Pack was won by DS Smith Speciality Packaging with its Corishield Pallet Pack for Triplex Components Machining.
The Printing World Award: Label Printer went to Field Lithoprint for a range of short run Scotch Whisky Labels used for Black Dog Centenary De Luxe Scotch Whisky; Famous Grouse Scottish Oak; and The Cluny 12 Year Old.
Pro Carton Award: Creative Cartonboard Packaging - Non-Food went to Field Packaging Bradford with its Russian "Fairy Tale" Vodka Pack manufactured for Russkij Avangard.
Pro Carton Award: Creative Cartonboard Packaging – Food went to Nampak Cartons for the M & S Sandwich Pack.
Webb Scarlett deVlam (WSdV) walked away with the RPC Group Award: Designer/Design House of the Year for two contrasting design applications: the Boss Skin range of male cosmetics and Fairy Active Foam.
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) Award: Packaging Innovation Leading to a Significant Reduction in Household Waste went to Sealed Air - Cryovac Food Packaging Division for Simple Oven a Foamed C-Pet Food Tray and Sleeve produced for Northern Foods.
Packaging News Award: Consumer Convenience Packaging went to Plastohm’s PopUp Cap.
Rockware Glass Freshthinking Award for Innovation in Glass Packaging went to Diageo for their Sambao bottle.
Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition 2007 Award: Innovative Pack went to Fuji Seal Europe & Reckitt Benckiser (UK), for Vanish Dual Power.
Young Packaging Professional of the Year – Sponsored by IOM3, to Joanne Hollins, Education Leader, Rockware Glass
Packaging Personality of the Year – Sponsored by IOP: The Packaging Society, to Chris Clough, Divisional Design Director, Field Packaging.
Special Award for Services to the Packaging Industry – Sponsored by the Board of IOP: The Packaging Society, to Chris Griffin, chairman, PI3.
Student of the Year (Diploma in Packaging Technology) – Sponsored by PIABC (Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company), to Philip Gall, A G Barr Soft Drinks Packaging Team, Manchester.
Student of the Year (Certificate in Packaging Technology) – Sponsored by PIABC, to Shaun Killeen, Quality Control Manager, Thornton’s.
The Starpack Awards are organised by IOP:The Packaging Society, a division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
For full details of the 2006 winners, visit www.iom3.org/starpack/awards
Copies of the Winners’ Brochure are available from Rachel Brooks, contact details as below.
IOP: The Packaging Society contact
Tel: +44 (0)1476 514594