Australian Packaging Awards

The Australian Packaging Awards are the premier Awards event recognising the best of Australia’s product packaging, highlighting the outstanding achievements of the industry and opening doors all over the world.

This year the highly anticipated PCA Best of Show was awarded to O-I Australia for their Lean+Greenâ„¢ Light Weight Wine Bottle Range. Selected from all of the Gold winning entries, the Judges specifically applauded the impact of the lightweight wine bottle range for its sophisticated approach to sustainability and bringing Australian innovation to the attention of the highly competitive global wine market.

O-I has successfully reduced the weight of selected wine bottles by 18-28%, saving almost 20,000 tonnes of glass packaging/ annum. The flow-on effects include a 20% reduction in energy use and a carbon dioxide saving of over 11,130 tonnes per year. Equally impressive is a saving of 12% in water usage per container and overall water savings of 4,720kL per year.

PCA Best of Show Award

Australian Packaging Awards - Best of Show Award

Entry Submitted By: O-I Australia
Package Title: Lean+Greenâ„¢ Light Weight Wine Bottle Range
Package Component Manufacturer: O-I Australia (Adelaide Plant)
Package Designer Functional: Julian Ditchburn, Craig Ross
Package Owner: O-I Australia

Comments :

The Judges specifically applaud the impact of the lightweight wine bottle range as a supplier initiative that benefits both customers and the industry as a whole. This innovation comes at a time when there is a confluence of imperatives at play. Issues of sustainability, missions, energy and moderation of packaging and resources are paramount, but so are matters of domestic manufacturing, economic viability and exports, and all are addressed through this solution.

The saving of almost 20,000 tonnes of glass packaging a year has a massive flow-on benefit for industry and the environment. The reduction in cost, weight, energy and water usage from each bottle is staggering. The advances can potentially be applied to other products and, due to the sheer volume of the application, this design solution has the capacity to impact on millions of products worldwide.

Amcor Innovation Award (Gold)

Australian Packaging Awards - Amcor Innovation Award

Entry Submitted By: ZORK Pty Ltd
Package Title: ZORK SPK – Sparkling Wine Closure
Package Component Manufacturer: Scholle Packaging
Package Designer Functional: John Brooks
Package Owner: ZORK Pty Ltd

Comments :

The ZORK SPK is the world’s first re-sealable top for sparkling wines. This radical design move will change forever the presentation and closure of sparkling wine. It allows easy open and re-seal, which encourages consumption in moderation and extends the life of the product.

Containing an ingenious 4 piece construction, the ZORK SPK features a soft seal which holds the pressure, a foil gas barrier to prevent flatness and oxidation, and a collet and cap locking mechanism. The ZORK SPK has a 40% smaller carbon footprint than the cork muselet and foil alternative, becomes a reusable re-sealer for other bottles for the rest of its working lifetime and is 100% recyclable.

Judges were keen to recognise this breakthrough for its application in the wine industry worldwide.

Carter Holt Harvey Sustainability Award (Gold)

Australian Packaging Awards - Carter Holt Harvey Sustainability Award

Entry Submitted By: O-I Australia
Package Title: Lean+Greenâ„¢ Light Weight Wine Bottle Range
Package Component Manufacturer: O-I Australia (Adelaide Plant)
Package Designer Functional: Julian Ditchburn, Craig Ross
Package Owner: O-I Australia

Comments :

In a major breakthrough for bringing sustainable innovations to market, O-I Australia’s designers and manufacturing teams have overcome some formidable technical challenges. Although it will not seem noticeable to the consumer and indeed customers, the environmental and logistical impact of this development is massive.

O-I has reduced the weight of selected wine bottles by 18-28% (saving almost 20,000 tonnes of glass packaging /annum). The flow-on effects include a 20% reduction in energy use and a carbon dioxide saving of over 11,130 tonnes per year. Equally impressive is a saving of 12% in water usage per container and overall water savings of 4,720kL per year.

An additional achievement is the reduced carbon footprint in freight distribution to packers and customers around the world. The judges were eager to acknowledge the whole of industry impact of this lightweight glass.

Carter Holt Harvey Beverage Award (Bronze)

Australian Packaging Awards - Carter Holt Harvey Beverage Award

Entry Submitted By: Anthem Design
Package Title: Rosemount O
Package Component Manufacturer
Bottle: Amcor, Label Creation and Printing: Collotype Labels
Package Designer Functional: Amcor
Package Designer Graphic: Anthem Design
Package Owner: Foster’s Group Limited

Comments :

Reiterating a trend of minimised label size is this design for Rosemount O. The narrow paper band is sensitively placed and decorated allowing the contents and the bottle shape to shine. Texture, rather than colour is used on this label to create interest.

Expert control and precision printing of a tinted screen on metallised stock creates a ‘shimmering’ grey pattern that is tactile and adds to the premium effect. This triangular patterning is echoed on the neck label and in the colour of the soft grey cap.

The black diamond is also repeated on the neck label for maximum impact and overall the effect is one of accessible good looks.

Heidelberg Labelling Award (Gold)

Australian Packaging Awards - Heidelberg Labelling Award

Entry Submitted By: Mollydooker Wines
Package Title: Velvet Glove
Package Component Manufacturer: Saverglass, Collotype, Impressiv
Package Designer Functional: Sarah Marquis
Package Designer Graphic: Mash Design
Package Owner: Mollydooker Wines

Comments :

Technical excellence takes this exquisite product to the lead, but it was the imagination exhibited by the designers that really captivated the judging panel. The glove-shaped label is die-cut from real French black velvet to give a sensuous, tactile surface, then is printed with whimsical illustration and typographics in silver foil.

The back label, also die cut, carries all the technical and mandatory product information brilliantly, despite the size of the type and the challenges of foil printing on such a difficult substrate. The success of this print technology shows great skill and mastery of print craft. A wax neck-seal offers the ideal complement to the design work below.

A voluptuous bottle shape is unimpeded by this diminutive label that skims its hips, and the result is beautiful and individual.

Source :: Packaging of the World