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On 2 May our industry will gather at the annual PIDA awards presentation to recognise the top packaging achievers in our region, including companies and individuals who are shaping the industry. As exclusive media partner, PKN brings you this year's finalists...

The Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant contribution in their field across Australia and New Zealand. The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The 2018 winners will be announced at a gala awards evening on 2 May, which will also coincide with the 2018 WorldStar Packaging Awards being hosted in Australia during the two-day biennial 2018 AIP National Conference.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Beverage Category
This awards category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits. 

8Kangaroos entered by ILNAM Estate.

Materials/Packaging Finalists:

  • 8Kangaroos by ILNAM Estate

  • Polatote by Lactote

  • Crush Mate Bottles by LION Dairy & Drinks

  • Staytray reusable beverage tray by Hone pd;

  • Somerset Brewing 2 bottle carry pack by OJI Fibre Solutions

  • Treasury Wine Estates by Sleever International

Machinery Finalists:

  • Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation

  • HMPS 7000 Milk Crate Packer by HMPS.

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Food Category
This awards category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other.

Grape N'Go recyclable and resealable Fresh Lid entered by Result Packaging. 

Materials/Packaging Finalists:

  • Birch & Waite Foods single-serve cup by Bonson-Savpac

  • Carman’s Super Seed & Grain Crackers re-closable inner tray by Birdstone Collective

  • Grape N’Go 100% recyclable PET based resealable Fresh Lid by Result Packaging

  • Lactote, Radix Nutrition foil packaging breakfast pouch by Cas-Pak Products

  • United Fisheries wicketed flat bottom bag by Omniverse Foster Packaging

Machinery/Equipment Finalists:

  • BEHN + BATES Roto-Packer Adams Care Line Edition hygienic machine by Haver & Boecker Australia

  • Fibre King YL Sealer for Fresh Produce by Fibre King

  • HMPS7000 Salmon Sleever by HMPS

  • Twin Star washing system by Rhima Australia

  • Scott LEAP Suite of Technologies fully-integrated lamb processing system developed by Scott Automation & Robotics, in conjunction with Silverfern Farms and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Health, Beauty & Wellness
This awards category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within cosmetics, toiletries, personal hygiene, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral care.

Jax Wax Australia's recyclable pouch packaging.

Materials/Packaging Finalists:

  • Anumi Skincare Certified organic skincare range

  • Health Brands Trust waterproof, compostable pouch for capsules

  • Jax Wax pre-printed recyclable packaging for beaded depilatory wax by Jax Wax Australia

  • Flip-cap closure with ring-peel induction seal liner by West Wadding

2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award – Domestic & Household
This awards category recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and processing materials, packaging and machinery/equipment within domestic and household items, toys, stationery, gifts, clothing, garden equipment, decorating.

 

OJI Fibre Solutions easy-open, resealable corrugated carton plus scoop.

Materials/Packaging Finalists:

  • Animal Instinct’s Feed My Fur Baby by OJI Fibre Solutions easy-to-open, re-sealable corrugated solution with scoop

  • Precise Pour for continuous pour, anti-clog and tamper-evidence by Caps and Closures

  • Laundry Tote by Lactote

  • Seasol agricultural spray applicator by Caps and Closures



2018 Sustainable Packaging Design Award
This awards category recognises companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements would include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery.

 

 
ICEE biofoam PLA insulated boxes for fresh food delivery

Materials/Packaging Finalists:

  • BioCane Range for the foodservice industry by BioPak

  • ICEE Containers biofoam PLA insulated boxes

  • Crush Mate Bottles by LION Dairy & Drinks

  • Stay Tray reusable beverage tray by Hone pd.

 

Machinery/Equipment Finalists:

 

  • CogniPRO Link for meat processing industry by Sealed Air Australia

  • Container Deposit Systems Australia (CDSA) Vision & Sorting System by SAGE Automation


2018 Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award
The Industry Packaging Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Packaging and Processing industries. The judges are looking for individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership, shows innovation and not afraid to take risks. The award marks significant and continued contribution of an individual to the packaging and processing industry over a minimum period of 25 years.

Finalists:

  • Richard Fine MAIP, founder, and Product Development & Sustainability director, BioPak

  • Joe Matto, CEO, PakPot

  • Craig Wellman FAIP, chief executive officer, Wellman Packaging


2018 APPMA Scholarship
The APPMA Scholarship is seeking a packaging professional that is looking to further their education by offering them a scholarship to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Finalists:

  • Liz Cagorski, graphic design manager, Global Beverage Brands

  • Nathan Leong MAIP, packaging/product technologist, Primo Smallgoods

  • Gui Fen Janell Siek, packaging technologist, Nestle Australia

2018 Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship
The Packaging Council of New Zealand Scholarship is seeking a packaging professional that is looking to further their education by offering them a scholarship to enrol in the Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Finalists:

  • Jaco Scheepers, packaging technologist, Synlait Milk

  • Cyril Brajeul, packaging technologist, Synlait Milk

2018 Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award
The purpose of the Young Packaging Professional of the Year Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the packaging and processing industry.

Finalists:

  • Regan Foster AAIP, director, Omniverse Foster Packaging

  • Robin Lowenstein, design integrations, Ernest Fleming Machinery and Equipment.

The 2018 PIDA Awards are sponsored by Platinum Partners: Empauer, Midway Metals and SMC Australia and New Zealand Gold Partners: Fuji Xerox and Wellman Packaging, Bronze Partner: Leadership Management Australia (LMA).

Exclusive Media Partners: PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business

Supporters: APCO, Esko, Gunn Lab and ProPak Asia.

The PIDA awards are coordinated by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) and the Packaging Council of New Zealand.

All of industry is invited to attend the 2018 PIDA Awards. http://aipack.com.au/event-registration/?ee=132

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