Packaging Company

The ultimate accolade in the packaging industry recognises the packaging manufacturer that has best combined outstanding financial, business and production performance over the year under review. Entrants must provide the company’s full report and accounts for the financial year that ended between 1 May 2017 and 30 April 2018, and for the previous year. As well as this, a 500 word summary is required highlighting the company's performance and key developments during the year, along with the submission of supporting evidence such as letters of commendation from customers or sample work. 

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.


SME of the Year

Like the flagship Packaging Company category, this award recognises smaller packaging suppliers that have combined outstanding financial, business and production performance. To qualify, entrants must have had an annual turnover of less than £20m during the year under review and must provide the company’s full report and accounts for the financial year that ended between 1 May 2017 and 30 April 2018, and for the previous year. As well as this, a 500 word summary is required highlighting the company's performance and key developments during the year, along with the submission of supporting evidence such as sample work or letters of commendation from customers.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

Metal Pack of the Year

This category rewards excellence in innovation and production for packs made of aluminium, steel or any other metal. Closures and lids made of metal, are eligible for entries even if the body of the pack is not made of metal. This category is only open to packs produced by members of the Metal Packaging Manufacturers’ Association and can be entered at a reduced rate of £90.00 + VAT. All products submitted must have been manufactured in an MPE (Metal Packaging Europe) member country which covers Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK and must be made predominantly from metal material, but caps, windows and other components can be made from other materials. Entrants must submit a 300-word written summary which explains how the pack meets the brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design and production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. A sample of one full pack, one flat pack (if applicable) and one that is fully constructed but empty is also required.  Please also provide the pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details.

£ 90.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

 


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Design Team of the Year

Open to both design agencies and in-house design teams based in the UK, this category rewards consistently outstanding creative output combined with commitment to addressing the sustainability challenges facing the packaging sector. Judges will consider the design output from a circular economy standpoint, how the team addressed sustainability in their design strategy in terms of a cradle to cradle thinking, clarity of brand communication and, most importantly, how the consumer was engaged in the process of returning the packaging to the recycling and reuse process. Judges will also assess evidence of the value added to the clients’ products and brands through these design principles. Entries should contain a 500 word summary on why the team or agency deserves to win and information about the team (size and who it works for). As well as this, entrants should provide evidence of their sustainable approach to design, the process and value added to products or brands in which it operates, including supporting their sustainability commitments.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.


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Development Team of the Year

This category is open exclusively to packaging development teams at brands and retailers and is designed to reward the team that has shown consistent innovation and quality in the packaging that they specify during the year. Judges will be looking in particular for consistently strong and, where appropriate, innovative and original structural and graphic design; intelligent choices around materials, be that based on cost, sustainability credentials or manufacturability; and a collaborative approach to suppliers as well as other stakeholders within their own businesses such as marketing, procurement, logistics, manufacturing and so on. Entrants will be required to submit a 500-word statement of credentials and five packs that launched in the year under review and that best illustrate their work.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.


Investment Project of the Year

This award will honour the investment or installation project which has had the greatest impact on a company or the wider market. Entrants must submit a 500 word summary giving full details of what they did, when the project came on-stream within the year under review and how much it cost. Furthermore, entrants must highlight how the project changed their business / market in which it operates and evidence of ROI. For investment, entrants must also include what equipment was installed, including names of manufacturers. Supporting materials such as product samples or customer testimonials should also be submitted if available.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.


CSR Initiative of the Year

The CSR initiative awards environmental initiative abound in packaging, from small-scale projects such as encouraging recycling at work or local education initiatives to major schemes such as remodelling of logistics to reduce lorry journeys. Entrants must submit a 500 word summary explaining what they did, when the project came on-stream, how much it cost and evidence of ROI. Judges will be looking for clear evidence of strong benefits to the environment / community and how the project changed the business / market in which it operates. For investment, entrants must also highlight what equipment was installed and by what manufacturer. Supporting material can be submitted where appropriate.

Please note: this category is intended to recognise company CSR projects and is not open to new packs. For new pack innovations with strong sustainability credentials, please see category R, Resource Efficient Pack. 


£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

This award recognises individual achievement in the packaging industry and rewards people who have made an impact, not only within their own companies but in the wider industry over their career. Unlike the other awards, the winner is chosen by the Packaging News editorial team, who will take into consideration achievements across a career or outstanding achievements in the year under review. Entrants should submit a 500 word summary explaining why they believe the nominee deserves to win the award. This should highlight the nominees' successes in their career to date, the influence they have had in the companies they have worked for, their influence in the industry as a whole and finally their outstanding achievements within the year under review.

Please note: Nominations into this category should be emailed to The Events Team. There is no charge to nominate candidates for this category.


This category is now closed

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.


Rising Star Award

Packaging is a hotbed of emerging talent, be it in manufacturing, technology, design or any of the other areas that form the packaging supply chain. This new award has been introduced to celebrate the huge contribution made by a newcomer to the industry. It will recognise individuals in the first five years of their professional lives who, whatever they do, are making a real difference to the company they work for. Businesses are invited to nominate people within their own company or in companies they deal with and must explain, in a 500 word submission, how that person is making a difference and why they are worthy of the award. This should include details of the nominees' successes in their career to date, how they have made an impact and highlight their outstanding achievements in the year under review.

Please note: Nominations into this category should be emailed to The Events Team. There is no charge to nominate candidates for this category.

This category is now closed

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

Contract Packer of the Year

This category recognises the contract packers and/or contract manufacturers, active in the UK who have delivered the best overall performance in the year under review. Judges will be looking for evidence of strong financial performance, forward-thinking business strategy, production excellence and top-quality customer service. Entrants are required to provide a 500 word summary highlighting the company's performance and key developments in the year under review. They are also required to submit details of financial performance - ideally full accounts for the financial year that ended between 1 May 2017 and 30 April 2018, but key figures of turnover and pre-tax profit for the year under review and the previous year are a minimum requirement. In the case of companies where contract packing is a division of a wider group, please provide details for the contract packing division. 

Please note that these figures are used for judging purposes only and are treated as being strictly confidential; they are not for publication. In addition, customer testimonials, information on project case studies/investments and other relevant supporting material may also be submitted.


£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Performance Awards reward business financial performance and strategy, outstanding company projects and individual achievement. Entrants to the Performance Awards categories must be companies registered in the UK, with either a UK or overseas ownership.

To enter you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 500 word summary for the year under review (on or after 1 May 2017). Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.


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Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods

This category is open to all corrugated packs that deliver products directly to consumers, including packs for online retail, outer boxes for products such as drinks, packs for large consumer items and white goods and so on. This category must be made predominantly from corrugated material, but caps, windows and other components can be made from other materials. Entrants must submit a 300 word summary containing a pack brief, details of how the pack meets the brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design and production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. A sample of one full pack, one flat pack (if applicable) and one that is fully constructed but empty is also required. Finally, entrants should provide production information as well as pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

Please note: Retail ready packaging, shelf ready packaging and point of sale packs should be entered into the Corrugated: Retail Ready and Point of Sale category. Industrial and other types of packaging made of corrugated board should be entered in the Supply Chain Solution of the Year category.


£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Corrugated: Retail Ready and Point of Sale

This category is open to all corrugated packs that perform a role in the retail space to deliver primary packs to shoppers, including retail ready packs and point of sale units. In all cases, judges will be looking for production quality as well as standout and ease-of-use for the store operative. Packs in this category must be made predominantly from corrugated material, but components such as windows can be made from other materials. Entrants are required to provide a 300 word summary containing a pack brief, details of how the pack meets the brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Along with the summary, please supply one full pack, one flat pack (if applicable) and one that is fully constructed but empty. Finally, entrants should provide production information as well as pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfills; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.


£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Cartonboard Pack of the Year

This category recognises innovation and excellence in production for all types of packs made primarily from cartonboard, but caps, windows and other components can be made from other materials. Entrants are required to provide a 300 word summary containing a pack brief, details of how the pack meets the brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Along with the summary, please supply one full pack, one flat pack (if applicable) and one that is fully constructed but empty. Finally, entrants should provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfills; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Glass Pack of the Year: Spirits, perfume and cosmetics

This category is open to all frosted, clear or coloured glass packaging including jars, bottles and vials. Judges will be looking for both innovation and production excellence and will consider each pack based on how well the pack meets the brief and fits its target market. Entries should be made primarily from glass, but caps, windows and other components can be made from other materials. A 300-word summary is required containing a pack brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Entrants should also provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. When entering packs into this category, please ensure you select the appropriate sub-category based on the product type. Judges and the event organisers will reserve the right to move entries between these sub-categories if they are entered in the incorrect category. Please note that entries to this award must have been manufactured in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Glass Pack of the Year: Other drinks, food and other glass products

This category is open to all frosted, clear or coloured glass packaging including jars, bottles and vials. Judges will be looking for both innovation and production excellence and will consider each pack based on how well the pack meets the brief and fits its target market. Entries should be made primarily from glass, but caps, windows and other components can be made from other materials. A 300-word summary is required containing a pack brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Entrants should also provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. When entering packs into this category, please ensure you select the appropriate sub-category based on the product type. Judges and the event organisers will reserve the right to move entries between these sub-categories if they are entered in the incorrect category. Please note that entries to this award must have been manufactured in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Flexible Plastic Pack of the Year

This category will reward excellence in production and innovation in flexible plastic packs such as pouches, sachets, sacks and bags. Flexible packs made from cellulose, PE, PET, PVC, PP, PS, Polyamide and bioplastics are eligible. This pack should primarily be made predominantly from flexible plastic materials, but caps, windows and other components can be made from other materials. A 300 word summary should be submitted including a pack brief and details of how the pack meets the brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Entrants should also provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

Rigid Plastic Pack of the Year

This category recognises the best innovation and production in rigid plastic packs and is open to blow moulded, thermoformed and injection moulded packs made from materials including PP, PET, LDPE, HDPE and bioplastics. The pack submitted must be predominantly made from rigid plastic, but caps, windows and other components can be made from other materials. To enter, a 300 word summary is required which includes a pack brief and outlines how the pack meets the brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Entrants should also provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfills; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

Label of the Year

This category recognises the best in printed labels and is open to all labels for packaging, including self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves, wet-glue labels, leaflet labels and in-mould labels, printed using any method. The label submitted must be the final version displayed on the pack. Entrants must provide a 300 word written summary outlining a brief description of the pack, how it meets the brief and how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design and production. As well as this, it should provide evidence of how the pack added value. Pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details will also be required. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfills; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

Resource Efficient Pack of the Year

This category will reward the pack that shows the best social and environmental credentials. Judges will take into account factors including:

•         Was the packaging designed as part of the product development process?

•         Did the design of the sales packaging take account of how the grouping and transport packaging would fit with it?

•         Does the whole system (sales, grouping and transport packaging) use the minimum adequate amount of materials to provide the necessary protection and preservation of the product?

•         Was the use of recycled materials considered?

•         Is the packaging easy to open (for all appropriate age groups)?

•         After use is the packaging capable of being recovered either as energy or a material or composted?

Your 300-word summary for this pack must explain how its social and environmental impact was taken into account. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

Innovation of the Year

This category rewards packs of any material that have brought something completely new and unexpected to the market and delivered real benefits to a brand. The 300 word summary must include a pack brief, explain why this pack is the first of its kind in design/production and state the background to its development including who was involved (pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details). Technical details of the development process should also be highlighted as well as how the pack added value to the brand. All entries must have been designed, developed and manufactured in the UK. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Best Packaging of a New Product

This category recognises packs of any material that have been an essential element in the success of a new product or brand manufactured in the UK. Entries should contain a 300 word summary from the brand owner explaining how the product’s packaging has affected its commercial success, a pack brief and an explanation of how the pack meets the brief. As well as this, the summary should highlight how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and show evidence of how the pack has added value to the brand. Pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details are also required.   Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Branding Project of the Year

This category rewards outstanding brand design projects for either new or existing products. Judges will be looking for outstanding and original graphic design that encapsulates the brand’s values and communicates it clearly and effectively to consumers. Entrants are invited from designers of new brands as well as extensions to existing ranges and redesigns of existing products. The design must have been carried out in the UK and for a product sold to UK consumers. All entrants must submit a 300-word summary which includes a pack brief, a description of how the pack meets the brief and how it demonstrates excellence and innovation in brand design. In addition, a separate 300 word testimonial from the brand owner is required. Entrants should also provide details of the pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Supply Chain Solution of the Year

This category recognises packaging of any material that has helped products travel safely, conveniently and cost-effectively through the supply chain. Entries can include one-way or returnable outer case transit packs, crates and pallets and industrial packaging in any material. Entrants are required to submit a 300 word summary which includes a pack brief, a description of how the pack meets the brief and how it demonstrates excellence and innovation in design and production. Evidence of how the pack added value to the brand should also be stated. Along with the summary, please supply one full pack, one flat pack (if applicable) and one that is fully constructed but empty. Finally, entrants should provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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Consumer Convenience Award

This category rewards the best packs of any material that demonstrate outstanding convenience for the consumer, including factors such as ease of opening, resealing, ease of use, ease of storage and ease of disposal. To enter, please submit a 300 word summary which includes a pack brief, a description of how the pack meets the brief, how it demonstrates design and production innovation / excellence and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details should also be stated. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK. 

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

Sponsored by:

Best New Concept Award

Packaging is full of ingenious inventions that have not yet made it to market. This award recognises the best new packaging innovation that has not yet been taken up by a brand or end user. Judges will be looking for the best innovative pack prototypes or new materials. Entrants must demonstrate in a 300 word summary how their invention is scalable in terms of production and what problem it aims to solve that current packs do not solve. It should also highlight a significant technological or structural step forward compared to existing packs or materials where applicable. Furthermore, it should include how production of the pack can be scaled and detail other potential benefits. Pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details are also required. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

Limited Edition of the Year

The proliferation of limited edition packs in recent times has demonstrated a growing recognition of the power of special edition packaging in influencing consumers’ purchasing decisions. This award recognises the very best limited edition packs, in any material or market, taking into account factors such as the success of the promotion, the graphical and structural creativity of the pack and how the limited edition reflects the brand itself. Entrants are required to submit a 300 word summary which includes a pack brief, a description of how the pack meets the brief and how it demonstrates excellence and innovation in design and production. Evidence of how the pack added value to the brand should also be stated. Along with the summary, please supply one full pack, one flat pack (if applicable) and one that is fully constructed but empty. Finally, entrants should provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfills; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

Aerosol Pack of the Year

This category rewards excellence in innovation and production for all complete aluminium, steel or plastic aerosols packages. Unfortunately we cannot accept entries for individual components such as cans, actuators, caps and valves, the award is only for complete, finished aerosol packs. This category is open to all aerosols produced within the UK by any aerosol manufacturer. To enter, a 300 word summary is required which includes a pack brief and outlines how the pack meets the brief, how the pack demonstrates excellence and innovation in design/production and evidence of how the pack added value to the brand. Entrants should also provide pack manufacturer, design agency and client contact details. Entries to this award must have been manufactured, developed or designed in the UK and the entry must specify which of these criteria the pack fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

£ 100.00 +VAT (20%)

The Quality Awards recognise excellence in packaging design, production and innovation and are open to anyone involved in packaging production, specification or design.

For the Quality Awards, the company who has produced the packs remain anonymous to the judges, ensuring that judging is purely based on the quality of the pack, and not the company behind it.

To enter an award, you must complete the online entry form which will involve submitting a 300 word summary. Details of what to include in your summary can be found in the category description for each award.

You will be required to provide details of who has been involved in creating the pack, including names of material suppliers, manufacturers, designers and clients. Please note, judges will not be given this information.

You may enter a single pack into a maximum of two categories. Unless stated otherwise, you will be asked to submit two samples of the entire filled pack per category. If you are entering perishable items, please inform Aga Rajwani who will advise on arrangements.

For all categories, unless otherwise stated, judges will be looking for the pack that offers the optimal solution to its brief and will consider a range of relevant aspects including:

• Shapes and structures

• Print and production quality

• Graphics and decoration

• Shelf stand-out

• Useability and openability

• Product protection

• Supply chain efficiency

• Innovation and originality

• Environmental impact

• Added value to the brand

All entries to the Quality Awards must have been launched commercially – that is, be in use in supply chains for real products or be available on retailers’ shelves during the year under review (products launched on or after 1 May 2017). Companies’ own promotional work is not eligible. The only exception to this rule is the Best New Concept award, which is specifically for packaging products that have not yet been launched onto the market.

Finally, with the exception of category Metal Pack of the Year, and Glass Pack of the Year categories, all entrants must be able to demonstrate that the pack was either manufactured in the UK, developed in the UK (for example by a UK-based packaging development team at a brand or retailer) or designed in the UK (for example by a UK-based design agency). In addition, the pack must be entered into the competition by the UK-based entity involved in its creation. 

The only exceptions to this are: Metal Pack of the Year category, which is only open to members of the EMPAC association and must have been produced in countries covered by the EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) association; and the Glass Pack of the Year categories, which are only open to packs manufactured in the UK.

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