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Best in SA packaging: Gold Pack Awards 2021 winners revealed

The Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA) announced the winners of the annual Gold Pack Awards during an online ceremony this week. Established in 1974, the annual competition is regarded as the premier event for South Africa's packaging industry.

2021 Gold Pack Trophy winner. Source: Screenshot
2021 Gold Pack Trophy winner. Source: Screenshot

This year's coveted IPSA Gold Pack Trophy was awarded to Mpact Versapak for its PETZorb Meat Tray. Explaining the motivation behind the trophy award win, IPSA said: "The PETZorb Meat Tray reduces the dependence on virgin material while creating a demand for recycled plastics, stimulating investment in the collection and recycling industry and reducing the leakage of these products into the environment.

"The tray, launched in April 2021, further contributes to sustainable solutions by creating new job opportunities through the beneficiation of PET from landfill and complies to ‘design for recycling’ principles by being stackable, making use of recyclate and displaying a material identification
symbol.

"By producing this as a generic range, a large customer base has access to an environmentally-friendly packaging option to drive environmental
benefits over an extended period. Studies indicate that, once fully launched, approximately 20 million fewer soaker pads will be utilised and end up in landfill as non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste."

Watch the full award ceremony here:



The list of Trophy and Medal winners can be found below.

IPSA Gold Pack Trophy 2021


Name of Entry: PETZorb Meat Tray
Entrant/Converter: Mpact Versapak
Brand Owner: Mpact Versapak


Food Packaging Medal Winners


Name of Entry: PETZorb
Meat Tray Entrant/Converter: Mpact Versapak
Brand Owner: Mpact Versapak
Award: Gold

Name of Entry: Oceanic Microplastic-Free Salt
Entrant/Converter: Green Energy Packaging
Brand Owner: SRP Holdings
Award: Silver

Name of Entry: Baby Red Onion Bags 500g
Entrants: Woolworths, Packaging World
Converter: Packaging World
Brand Owner: Woolworths 
Award: Bronze

Beverage Packaging Medal Winners


Name of Entry: Aquellé VIV Power & Sports Drinks Range
Entrant: Ekhamanzi Springs (aQuellé)
Converters: Fontana Manufacturers, Polyflex, MCC Label
Brand Owner: Aquellé
Award: Gold

Name of Entry: Tropika Icy – A Dairy Mix Ice Lolly
Entrants: Clover South Africa, Constantia Afripack Flexibles
Converter: Constantia Afripack Flexibles
Brand Owner: Clover South Africa 
Award: Silver

Name of Entry: 100% Recycled PET Bonaqua Bottle
Entrant: Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa
Converters: Extrupet, Alpla, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa
Brand Owner: The Coca-Cola Company 
Award: Bronze


Health, Beauty, Medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging Medal Winners


Name of Entry: Velobiotics 16 Strains Probiotic Collagen Peptides
Entrant/Converter: Green Energy Packaging
Brand Owner: Velobiotics 
Award: Silver

Name of Entry: Playboy Shower Wash Tottle
Entrant/Converter: T3 Plastic Packaging
Brand Owner: Amka
Award: Bronze

Name of Entry: Playboy Shower Wash Tottle
Entrant/Converter: T3 Plastic Packaging
Brand Owner: Amka
Award: Bronze

Household Products (including domestic goods and others) Medal Winners


Name of Entry: 100% rHDPE 750ml and 1.5-Litre Household Cleaner Bottle & Closure
Entrant/Converter: Mpact Plastics FMCG Pinetown
Brand Owner: Unilever 
Award: Gold

Name of Entry: Woolworths Fresh Herb Fluted Pots
Entrant/Converter: Mpact Corrugated
Brand Owner: Woolworths 
Award: Silver

Name of Entry: 750ml W.Lab All Purpose Cream Bottle
Entrant/Converter: T3 Plastic Packaging
Brand Owner: Woolworths 
Award: Bronze

Transit and Secondary Packaging Medal Winners


Name of Entry: Returnable Crate for 1 250ml Glass Bottles
Entrant: Coca-Cola Beverages
Converters: Chespak, Mpact, Nampak, Jobe
Brand Owner: Coca-Cola Beverages 
Award: Gold

Judges' Special Mention: Sustainability


Name of Entry: 100% rHDPE 750ml and 1.5-litre Household Cleaner
Bottle Entrant/Converter: Mpact Plastics FMCG Pinetown
Brand Owner: Unilever
Award: Gold

Promotional and Novelty Packaging Medal Winners


Name of Entry: The Art of Tea Premium Slide Box
Entrant: Cape Herb & Spice Converter Clifton Products
Brand Owner: Eat.Art – Cape Herb & Spice
Award: Gold

Name of Entry: Castle Double Malt Trade Presenter Packaging
Entrant/Converter: Green Energy Packaging
Brand Owner: South African Breweries 
Award: Gold

Name of Entry: Solar Jar Export Packaging Sonnenglas
Entrant/Converter: Green Energy Packaging
Brand Owner: Sonnenglas 
Award: Silver

The Fibre Circle Paper is Possible Award


Name of Entry: Woolworths Fresh Herb Fluted Pots
Entrant/Converter: Mpact Corrugated
Brand Owner: Woolworths
Award: Paper is Possible Gold


Name of Entry: Smarties Minis 152g and Mini Eggs 85g Packs
Entrants: Nestlé South Africa, Constantia Afripack Flexibles
Converter: Constantia Afripack Flexibles
Brand Owner: Nestlé South Africa 
Award: Paper is Possible Gold

Substrate Excellence Awards


Name of Entry: Kraft Cores with Bullnose Closures
Entrant/Converter: Green Energy Packaging
Brand Owners: SRP Holdings, Velobiotics, South African Breweries
Award: Best in Paper Packaging Gold

Name of Entry: Aquellé VIV Power & Sports Drinks Range
Entrant: Ekhamanzi Springs (Aquellé)
Converters: Fontana Manufacturers, Polyflex, MCC Label
Brand Owner: Aquellé 
Award: Best in Plastics Gold

Name of Entry: PETZorb Meat Tray
Entrant/Converter: Mpact Versapak
Brand Owner: Mpact Versapak 
Award: Best in Plastics Gold


Star of Africa


Name of Entry: Pernod Ricard Imperial Blue Pack
Entrant/Converter: AR Packaging Nigeria
Brand Owner: Pernod Ricard Nigeria 
Award: Gold

Student Gold Pack Awards 2021


Graphic Design Winners

Name of Entry: Bee Loved Honey Hexagonal Packaging
Entrant: Courtney Shelley
Institution: Durban University of Technology 
Award: Gold

Name of Entry: Floof Tissues
Entrant: Michaela Naidoo
Institution: Durban University of Technology 
Award: Silver

Name of Entry: Nestlé Nan Rebrand
Entrant: Charlize Golding
Institution: Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography 
Award: Bronze

Packaging Technology Winners

Name of Entry: Woolworths Shirt Pack
Entrant: Nicholas Downes
IPSA Region: KwaZulu-Natal 
Award: Gold Trophy

Name of Entry: Cape Cobra Wine Carton
Entrant: Luka Fernandes
IPSA Region: KwaZulu-Natal
Award: Silver

Name of Entry: Egoli Beer Enviro Grip Multipack
Entrant: Karishma Jokoo
IPSA Region: Northern Region 
Award: Bronze

Food Science and Technology Winner

Name of Entry: Maizey Peach
Entrants: Erica Breytenbach, Tarien Riekert, Jana Lombard, Victoria Knott, Rene Wentzel, Luke Jeftha, Anja Lourens, Sinesipho Galada, Chane Steyn
Institution: Stellenbosch University
Award: Gold Trophy

View the full list of winners and finalists, and their respective entries, here.

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