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Hearty congrats are in order for the folks at Sealed Air Corp./Cryovac division, which at presstime received top awards for innovation, sustainability and cost/waste reduction for three packaging technologies during the 22nd annual DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.
The trio of Sealed Air products -- which were individually recognized and selected from 160 entries worldwide – include: Cryovac Grip & Tear bags, a portfolio of vacuum shrink bags for multiple applications featuring an innovative easy-open feature; Cryovac Mirabella case ready packaging, a patented tray lidding system for fresh meat that uses less space by reducing tray height by an average of 40 percent; and Ethafoam HRC (High Recycled Content) plank, a polyethylene foam which contains a minimum of 65 percent pre-consumer recycled content, designed in collaboration with AFP to create a high performance transport packing application.
“We are honored that three separate Sealed Air innovations have been recognized with one of our industry’s highest accolades,” said William V. Hickey, president and CEO of Sealed Air. “The standard of excellence we strive to provide and that the DuPont Awards’ represent, recognize not only our commitment to innovation and sustainability, but to providing solutions that add measurable value to our customers’ bottom line.”
The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation are the industry’s longest running, independently judged global awards program honoring packaging materials, processes, technology and service innovations. Entries were received from Americas, European and Asia Pacific regions and reviewed and judged by a panel of international jurors that evaluated excellence demonstrated by companies in one or more of the three areas of innovation, sustainability or cost/waste reduction.
Here’s a closer look at each of the winning entries…
Cryovac Grip & Tear Bags -- Combine superior shrink, toughness and oxygen-barrier properties of a traditional Cryovac vacuum shrink bag with the addition of an easy-open feature. Easily opened by pulling a tab, the Cryovac Grip and Tear bag’s knifeless design eliminates the mess created by opening some bags, and keeps fingers, counters and utensils clean. Consumers also appreciate the additional safety from not having to directly touch the product. The Cryovac Grip & Tear portfolio of products includes post-pasteurization bags, non-barrier bags for poultry and for frozen meat, cook and strip bags, barrier bags or a Portion-Pull option that allows the bag to be removed from the product one strip at a time, keeping the unused portions of the product fresh for longer.
Cryovac Mirabella – Offers case ready modified atmosphere packaging technology with product-to-film contact, sans discoloration. By allowing the product to reach the level of the tray flange, tray height can be reduced by an average of 40 percent compared to standard tray lidding formats. In addition to the benefits to retailers of increased display space and enhanced visual appeal, the Mirabella package’s reduced headspace offers environmental benefits by allowing for an increased number of packs per shipping crate, leading to lower storage and transportation costs.
Ethafoam HRC (High Recycled Content) – The transport packing application has the combined environmental benefits of using at least 65 percent pre-consumer recycled content while also being lighter than previous materials, which reduced shipping costs. In addition, the polyethylene foam material meets the significant performance requirements for protecting electronic components during transport.
For more information on any of these award-winning packaging applications, visit www.sealedair.com.