CL PP awardThe PrimaPak packaging developed by Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., for Fisher Party Peanuts is a WorldStar 2015 Packaging Award winner in the food category, an honor bestowed by the Word Packaging Organization (WPO). WorldStar award winners will be formally recognized at a reception in Milan, Italy on May 19, 2015. Companies from 37 countries entered 264 packaging projects in the international competition. The judging session took place late last year at the WPO’s Board Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is the third win for the PrimaPak™ package in a global awards category.

The PrimaPak package is a flexible, stackable and reclosable package produced from rollstock on a custom vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine. Lightweight and stackable, the packaging is designed to replace bulky rigid jars, blow-molded containers, injection-molded packages, composite cans, and select stand-up pouches. The finished package resembles a “pop-up” box.

This innovative technology boosts cube utilization by 30 percent or more compared to traditional containers taking up less warehouse space and reducing transportation demands. This translates into truckload and warehouse space savings, reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

“Leading food processors like Fisher Nuts are looking to the latest innovations to support their sustainability goals and drive costs out of the manufacturing process,” said Roman Forowycz, chief marketing officer for Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. “We’re proud to be among the WorldStar award winners from the U.S. and we’d like to thank the judges for recognizing Clear Lam with this honor. Our company has made a significant investment in the PrimaPak System, including a new co-packing facility and innovation center near Chicago, providing our customers with an end-to-end packaging solution.”

The new co-packing facility meets growing demand for the PrimaPak System. The facility will produce PrimaPak packaging for test markets, regional rollouts, seasonal items and nationally distributed products. According to research firm Smithers Pira, the global market for sustainable packaging is expected to reach $244 billion by 2018. 

The World of Packaging Organization is a non-profit, non-governmental, international federation of national packaging institutes and associations, regional packaging federations and other interested parties including corporations and trade associations. In addition to sponsoring the WorldStar international packaging design awards program, the organization promotes packaging technology, global trade and education in packaging worldwide.

For nearly a decade, Clear Lam has invested extensively in research and development through its Project EarthClear initiative to commercialize new packaging technologies that minimize the impact on the environment. These efforts include packaging materials made from renewable plastics, materials that incorporate recycled content and lightweighting technologies designed to reduce weight and enhance cubing.