Brand owners SPC Ardmona and Don KRC took out the top prizes in the new Save Food Packaging Awards for ANZ, announced by the AIP at its 2016 National Conference gala dinner on 1 June.
As global awareness of the issue of food waste and its detrimental impact on the environment grows, increased attention is turning to the role of packaging in preventing food waste. The subject was raised in a number of presentations at this year’s conference so it was fitting to see packaging formats that are successfully saving food in the Australian and New Zealand market being recognised through this prestigious new awards program.
The Save Food Packaging Awards is a global program that has been developed by the World Packaging Organisation, in conjunction with Messe Dusseldorf and Interpack. The awards recognise companies that are developing innovative and sustainable packaging that minimises food losses and food waste, extends shelf life and improves the supply of food.
The Save Food Packaging Awards for ANZ were launched earlier this year by the AIP.
The 2016 awards were formally presented by the president of the World Packaging Organisation, Tom Schneider, who was visiting from the United States.
Schneider said he believed the awards will encourage packaging technologists to design packaging with saving food in mind.
“A key purpose of the Save Food Packaging Awards is to raise awareness of the critical role of packaging in reducing food waste resulting in a positive overall environmental impact,” Schneider said.
SPC Ardmona topped the Food Services category for its ProVital Easy-Open Portion Control Fruit Cup, with a High Commendation going to HealthShare NSW for My Food Choice.
In the Retail category, DON KRC scored top honours for its Cryovac Darfresh vacuum skin packaging. The High Commendation was awarded to Botanical Food Company for Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices.
The Australia and New Zealand winners and High Commendations will be formally recognised and displayed as a part of the global Save Food Packaging Program that will coincide with Interpack 2017.