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Amcor – a leader in global consumer packaging – received three 2022 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards, winning across multiple categories out of a record number of entries.
The awards recognize Amcor for solving complex customer challenges, advancing sustainability and elevating the overall contribution of flexible packaging.
The awards were presented during the FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Ceremony and Welcome Dinner on March 23 in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Amcor Flexibles North America Research and Development Vice President Brian Carvill accepted the awards for the company.
Amcor received a Gold Award for extending the use of flexible packaging with the AmPrima Recycle Ready Pouch for the Tyson Instant Pot family meal kit; a Silver Award for Technical Innovation with the Clear Anti-Grease jerky pouch; and a Silver Award for Sustainability with AmPrima Recyclable PE shrink film with 30 per cent post-consumer recycled content.
“We are honoured to once again be recognized for innovative achievement by the FPA,” said Carvill. “These winning packages demonstrate how Amcor applies deep material science capabilities to create exciting opportunities for brands, and a better experience for consumers. This year’s awards reflect the resiliency of our research and development teams.”
The winning entries spanned a range of packaging applications and categories:
Amcor’s AmPrima Recycle Ready Pouch for Tyson® Instant Pot Meal Kits received a Gold Achievement Award for ‘Expanding the use of Flexible Packaging’.
The pouch replaces a three-part tray, lidding and overwrap system with a single, convenient high-barrier carrier eligible for consumer recycling at store drop off locations or curbside where available. The new pouch leans into consumers’ increased demand for recyclable packaging and achieves Tyson’s goal of incorporating more sustainable materials in their brand packaging, providing an 80 per cent reduction in overall carbon footprint and a 75 per cent reduction in packaging weight. It is also produced using 84 per cent less water and eliminates chloride-based PVC materials.
The Clear Anti-Grease Jerky Pouch received a Silver Award for ‘Technical Innovation’.
This unique, high-barrier pouch material is extremely effective in preventing grease build-up and scratches on clear meat snack packaging, a long-standing problem for hard, high-fat products like jerky.
Improved optics help Amcor customers create brand advantage among meat snacks – a category with record growth.
Proprietary anti-grease agents are included in the barrier film’s sealant layer to repel fats and resist abrasion, which provides a clear view of the product and a premium brand image while being efficient to produce and delivering consistent, reliable, anti-grease properties across the entire package.
AmPrima Recyclable PE Shrink Film with 30% PCR received a Silver Award for Sustainability.
A recyclable shrink film with renewable content, AmPrima PE shrink film with 30 per cent post-consumer content offers the billion-dollar beverage industry a more sustainable alternative to corrugate and traditional shrink wrap.
AmPrima Recyclable PE film reduces upstream product waste and resource use. It also lowers greenhouse gas emissions by up to ten per cent and uses 24 per cent less energy in the distribution channel over the conventional 100 per cent virgin solution. It supports production efficiency by not compromising line speeds or machinability; qualifies when clean and dry for store drop-off and can be reclaimed in curbside recycling in certain U.S. communities.
The FPA Achievement Awards have been showcasing industry innovations that have changed the packaging industry since 1956. This year’s nominees included a record 325 entries across 100 package samples (some packages were entered in multiple categories), which resulted in twenty-seven packages being honoured.