The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge Call for Entries is now open. In its 16th year, the FPA Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge has become a prestigious competition within the flexible packaging industry.

The Student Design Challenge honors flexible packaging solutions developed by students. The “challenge” for students is to develop a flexible package solution that addresses a packaging issue, such as consumer convenience or the protection of food. The package should advance the use of flexible packaging; make an improvement over an existing flexible package; convert a non-flexible package into a flexible package; or package a product that is not currently available in flexible packaging.

Students are asked to submit a concept outline prior to sending in the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample. The concept outline will be evaluated and when approved, students may then send in their prototype/bench sample. Students may work on the design in conjunction with their packaging schools. FPA members may be available as mentors to students advancing to the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample development round.

The deadline to submit a concept outline is September 27, 2019. The student or team of students who develops the first place winning entry will receive $1,000 while second place will receive $500.

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