Innovative vacuum-packaging that reduces food waste by keeping meat looking and staying fresh longer took top honors in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Gold honors went to retail packaging that boosts shelf appeal, a community-based packaging recycling project in Brazil, and modular industrial packaging that cuts waste and cost.
FreshCase® packaging from Curwood Inc. is a unique, vacuum-packaging solution that reduces food waste by keeping meat fresh and nutritious up to 10 times longer than store-wrapped meat. World agencies estimate as much as 30% of food that is grown is wasted.
“In the face of a growing population with limited resources, food waste from spoilage must be greatly reduced,” said Shanna Moore, global sustainability director, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (P&IP). “Packaging is a ‘silent hero’ in this story, helping ensure food maintains its nutritional value and freshness.”
FreshCase® was among 200 entries from companies in 21 countries vying for a prestigious DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation. Several leading household brand names - Heinz, Kraft, Pepperidge Farms, Cadbury and Unilever – also took home gold and silver awards based on "excellence" in one, two or all three categories: Innovation, Sustainability and Cost/Waste Reduction.
“The relentless drive to reduce waste, cost and weight in packaging demands innovation, and the DuPont Packaging Awards program is one way to celebrate, inspire, share and also to inform the people who rely on packaging to keep their products protected,” said Moore.
The awards program is the industry's longest running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain.
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