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The Packaging Innovation Awards honor innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes across the entire packaging value chain.

Originated by DuPont, the tradition of excellence is now continued by Dow Chemical, which welcomed brand owners, retailers, packaging designers, converters and technology providers around the world to enter and be recognized.

The award recipients in the 2019 competition were announced Sept. 17. Here are the top honors and the other finalists:

DIAMOND AWARD

DAI NIPPON PRINTING CO.

DNP FUNCTIONAL FILM COMPLEX PET PLASTIC BOTTLE

Dai Nippon Printing Co. designed the DNP Functional Film Complex PET Plastic Bottle to deliver the functionality of glass without the drawbacks of breakability, costly shipping, and recycling contamination.

The DNP bottle is lightweight, recyclable, and virtually unbreakable, all with a glass-like luxury look. In addition to obtaining a unique appearance, this bottle can also be provided with an oxygen barrier, because the film and PET are in close contact with each other in a peelable state.

DIAMOND FINALISTS

EMBRAPA FOOD TECHNOLOGY

DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE PACKAGING FOR FRUITS

Embrapa Food Technology, the National Institute of Technology and Macromolecular Institute of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, developed packaging for fruits that makes the most of refrigeration to keep food fresh. The twopart container is rigid, but it's also closable over a PET-type plastic where the fruits are packaged. It maintains fruit quality longer to significantly reduce post-harvest losses to below 5 percent and decreases energy use in the lower cold chain of the supply chain.

PROCTER & GAMBLE

TIDE ECO-BOX

Tide has reimagined its 50-plus-year-old detergent with a breakthrough Eco-Box packaging designed specifically for eCommerce and shipping directly to consumers' doorsteps.

Tide's Eco-Box revolutionary packaging contains 60 percent less plastic than the equivalent bottle (150-ounce size) and contains an ultraconcentrated formula. On top of having less packaging, Eco-Box doesn't require any secondary re-boxing or bubble wrap.

The Eco-Box also delights consumers with a nodrip tap that is easier to use and less messy than other liquid packaging.

HENKEL

EPIX TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

The paper-based, curbside-recyclable package optimizes weight, size and impact resistance for shipping. The innovation reduces processing costs and features a revolutionary lightweight cushioning material. EPIX Technology facilitates recyclability of the paper package and is part of Henkel's strategy for a circular economy.

DANONE NUTRICIA RESEARCH

OPTRI, A COLLAPSIBLE BOTTLE FOR TUBE FEEDING NUTRITION

Danone Nutricia Research has designed and developed the OpTri bottle for tube feeding products that are prescribed to patients who cannot eat or swallow independently and need to be fed via a tube. The technological features of the bottle reduce the risk of contamination because it allows for gravity to collapse the bottle without the need of air inlet.

OpTri was created in collaboration with patients, caregivers, parents and health care professionals. The OpTri bottle saves time for users and is easier to use thanks to its ergonomic shape, integrated big-eyed hook, easy-to-navigate label and non-detachable fliptop cap.

The OpTri bottle is also better for the planet; it is recyclable, and manufacturing of tube feeds packaged in OpTri allows for 85 percent reduction of water use and 21 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to current pouch packaging.

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