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
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
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
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