Quality Awards

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 EMPAC (European Metal Packaging) 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.

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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.


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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 fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based 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 fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based in the UK.

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Glass Pack of the Year

a. Spirits, perfume and cosmetics

b. Other drinks, food and other glass products 

These categories are 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.

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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.


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 fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based 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 fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based 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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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 fulfils; and the pack should be entered by a manufacturer, design team or packaging development team based 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.

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