The Outside of the Box Design of the Year Award has been established for miscellaneous packs and materials that are not included in any other category.
The judges awarded a high commendation to Close the Loop Group for Lousy Ink; a bronze award to Production Packaging Innovations for the Peter Jackson Garment Box; and two silvers – one to Result Group for its ATGA Table Grapes Project and one to Opal Group, for the Cadbury Roses limited edition Mother’s Day chocolate box.
Opal went on to take the gold for the JBS & Opal Dunnage Solution, a column-like corrugated structure to limit product movement during container transportation of meat exports. The cardboard dunnage can be assembled at JBS in less than 30 seconds from a flat sheet.
Chilled meat products are typically vacuum-sealed and placed in boxes that are stacked in export shipping containers. Without the necessary dunnage support, these boxes frequently moved in the containers during transportation and lead to product spoilage and food waste, which is costly for meat and food processors.
Many of the current solutions in the market are designed to limit box movement but are constructed from expanded polystyrene (EPS) material, which is not ideal from a sustainability and recyclability perspective at point of destination. Therefore, Opal’s corrugated cardboard dunnage offers a direct replacement for the non-recyclable EPS version that JBS’s export customers can easily recycle with the rest of their used cardboard packaging. More specifically, the dunnage solution is made using corrugated cardboard that consists of 64% Kraft paper and 36% recycled cardboard content and is fully recyclable.