Innovation Spotlight

Innovation Spotlights

Each year, the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) holds a Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition. The following 2023 winners will be showcased at the Global Pouch Forum within the educational program. Learn what it took for these packaging solutions to make it out on top by meeting expectations and needs through advancements in materials, graphics, structure, new uses, extended shelf life, and sustainability.

1. Frito-Lay Compostable Snack Packaging at Coachella Music Festival

Frito-Lay Compostable Snack Packaging
Held in the Coachella Valley in California, this annual music and arts festival is known for championing sustainability, which is why corporate entity PepsiCo Foods North America decided to showcase its Lays chips there in compostable packaging. During the event, consumers can easily toss empty bags into clearly marked compost bins throughout the festival campgrounds.

David Allen, vice president of sustainability, PepsiCo Foods North America, talks about this trial of compostable packaging as part of the company’s journey to 100% recyclable, bio-compostable, or reusable packaging for the future.

John Meehan Jr., Product Development Manager, Bryce Corp.

2. Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE Laundry Detergent Pacs

Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE Laundry Detergent PacsCostco Wholesale Corporation engaged Radienz Living in early 2021 to transition the Kirkland Signature® Ultra Clean Laundry Detergent Pacs product from a rigid tub to a fully recyclable, child-resistant pouch. They desired a better consumer experience in the areas of packaging sustainability, transportation, and safety while being more cost-effective, maintaining the existing selling units per pallet, and fully commercialized in 2021. Accredo Packaging, Inc. and Fresh-Lock® closures jumped into collaboration with Radienz Living for an all-hands-on-deck approach.

Todd Meussling, Senior Manager, Market Development, Fresh-Lock
Mandy Craig, Global Head of Marketing and Sustainability, Accredo Packaging
  Tom McLenithan, Vice President of Research and Development, Radinez Living

3. HP HDX Lubricant Oil Stand-up Spouted Pouch, 1 Liter

HP HDX Lubricant Oil Stand-up Spouted PouchWhen Hindustan Petroleum (HP) approached us to design a stand-up pouch to replace the rigid HDPE plastic container, we were excited and nostalgic at the same time. In 1986, Paharpur 3P started its flexible packaging business doing just that - producing stand-up pouches for mobile oil. We had come full circle more than 47-years later. Lubricant oils have a high boiling point, viscosity and resistance to oxidation. Designing a stand-up pouch that would avoid oil migration (hence delamination) while ensuring zero leakage, high dart and puncture resistance was particularly challenging. Other considerations that HP required were; easy-to-fill on PFS lines, consumer-friendly (ease of handling, ease of dispensing, ability to reseal) and shelf-appeal. The final product gave them all of that and then some – reduced transportation and warehousing costs, reduced carbon footprint, and increased margin on the SKU.

Mohammed Nadeem, Executive CEO, Paharpur 3P

4. MegaFood Women's Ensemble Preconception Daily Multipack

MegaFood Women's Ensemble Preconception Daily MultipackMegaFood® needed a child-resistant, senior-friendly flexible pouch for their Women’s Ensemble Preconception Daily Multipack product line. Due to the product’s high iron content, the brand previously packaged its product in child-resistant cartons, but recently switched to flexible pouches to save on costs. Through digital printing on the HP Indigo 20000 digital press, Nosco was able to save the brand more than half the cost of its previous packaging type.

Steve Kruegar, FlexPack Growth Manager, Nosco

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

Advansix Ametek Exxon Mobil Fresh Lock HP schur star systems Volpak


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