John Soules Foods Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast Strips with Rib Meat and Lamb Weston Alexia Organic Sweet Potato Fries were Silver Award winners in the 66th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement competition. The announcement was made at a ceremony held during the Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) annual meeting last week in Bonita Springs, Florida.
The prize for the John Soules Foods frozen product was received for technical innovation made by American Packaging Corporation (APC), which provided a laser score with a controlled depth that keeps the 454g package integrity but allows an easy-open feature for the consumer. A unique property of the design is a noticeable ‘pop’ when the score is broken, giving the user a sensory aspect that the package has not been tampered with. The controlled package integrity also allows John Soules Foods to apply the re-seal tape and fill the bags without compromising the opening feature.
APC also designed and supplied Lamb Weston’s Alexia brand Organic Sweet Potato Fries, which was cited for packaging excellence. The film used in the packaging is partially made from plant-based starches, 16% by weight, including processing by-product input from the manufacturing of french fries. Not only has this packaging replaced plastic material with bio-based content, but it’s also found another productive use for potato by-product.
This year’s competition received a historic number of entries, as 100 package entries were submitted for a total of 325 entries (some packages were entered into multiple categories). Twenty-seven packages were honored with 43 achievement awards.
The highest achievement award went EnteraLoc, a patented, 510(k) FDA approved, medical fluid device intended for tube-fed patients. It’s the first seamless, closed-loop solution that combines nutritious meals with a flexible pouch, leak-proof seal, custom-designed spout, and direct-connect ENFit® device in one complete enteral feeding system. Unlike traditional solutions, EnteraLocTM uniquely delivers nutrition directly into the patient’s feeding tube in either the hospital, long-term care facility, rehab facility, or home care setting.