Clear Lam Packaging Inc. has won a 2014 AmeriStar Award for its Fisher Roasted Party Peanuts PrimaPak package from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP), the second major award for this new patented technology — the package has also recently won a DuPont Packaging Award. Developed by Clear Lam to replace bulky rigid jars, blow-molded containers, injection-molded packages, composite cans and dysfunctional stand-up pouches, the PrimaPak package is a flexible, stackable and reclosable packaging produced on a vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine.
Because it is stackable, the PrimaPak technology is designed to improve package cube by 30 percent or more, aiding in truckload and warehouse space savings, reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The Fisher Nuts PrimaPak package was produced from a single roll of flexible film incorporating the Prima ExoShell made with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and the Peel and ReSeal lid system, eliminating the need for pre-formed bases, lids, labels and shrink bands. By combining all components of the finished package in one roll of film, millions of pounds of packaging waste are eliminated. These benefits reduce the amount of packaging entering landfills.
“We believe this packaging solution is a game-changer for the industry. Not only does it address current environmental concerns, it delivers significant cost savings to processors and manufacturers,” says James Sanfilippo, president and CEO of Clear Lam Packaging Inc. “This recognition by a panel of our peers validates the advances made in our manufacturing practices and the hard work our entire Clear Lam team has undertaken to make our PrimaPak package commercially successful.”
One of North America’s most important packaging award competitions, the AmeriStar Award recognizes packaging innovation across a range of consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and industrial categories. Entries were evaluated by a panel of judges based on innovation, product protection, economics, package performance, marketing and environmental impact. The competition commemorates the best packages of the year and pays tribute to the industry thought leaders advancing their company's goals of packaging innovation, differentiation, savings and growth.
The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation
As noted, the package also previously picked up a Silver DuPont Packaging Award for packaging excellence in May.
“The DuPont Packaging Awards program recognizes and honors packaging excellence around the globe,” says Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging Awards Program leader. “This year’s honorees demonstrate exceptional creativity in Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience. These breakthroughs are revolutionizing the role of packaging and will be a catalyst for inspiring future innovations.”
Entries represent the industry’s most innovative packaging designs, materials, technology, processes and services across the entire packaging value chain.
“We’re proud to be recognized by DuPont among the world’s thought leaders in packaging innovation,” says Sanfilippo. “This packaging system represents the first ever end-to-end flexible packaging solution offering a stackable, reclosable alternative to traditional structures, so we believe it’s the wave of the future.”
An international jury judges the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Winners were selected from hundreds of entries provided by packaging designers, converters, consumer goods processors, retailers and equipment manufacturers from all regions of the globe.