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DuPont Packaging has opened the call for entries in its 26th Packaging Innovation awards program, which is billed as the industry’s longest running, independently judged competition of its kind.
“The DuPont Packaging Awards honor packaging innovations that use science, inspiration, and creativity to shift the paradigms and change the way we live,” said Yasmin Siddiqi, marketing director, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers and packaging awards program leader. “As we enter the next quarter century of celebrating packaging, we believe we need to evolve with the industry.”
Accordingly, the past awards categories have been upgraded to reflect future global challenges and the increasingly important role of the consumer in driving packaging innovation, added Siddiqi, noting that new judging categories for this year’s program include technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.
“The global packaging industry is experiencing a transition from disruptive packaging innovation to solutions-based innovation,” said David Luttenberger, CPP, president, David Luttenberger Consulting LLC, who is this year’s lead juror. “The 2014 edition of the DuPont Packaging Awards will honor unique and beneficial packaging technologies, while at the same time embrace the future-forward ideas and innovations that are solving real needs for retailers, brand owners and especially consumers.”
Brand owners, retailers, packaging designers, converters and technology providers from around the world are encouraged to enter new packaging that has been commercialized since Jan. 1, 2012. There is no fee for entry and DuPont materials do not need to be in the packaging structure. In evaluating entries, judges will consider excellence in these areas: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.
The deadline for entries is March 1, 2014; winners will be announced in May 2014.
Additional information on the program, past winners and detailed explanations of the new categories are available online.