Johannesburg – Nampak Liquid Cartons has scooped two Gold Medals at the 2020 Institute of Packaging South Africa’s Gold Pack Awards during a first-ever virtual ceremony held on Wednesday, 28 October.
Nampak Liquid Cartons was awarded a Gold Medal for its development of the SPAR two-litre Pure-Pak® milk carton in the Best in Beverages: Non-Alcoholic Packaging category. The carton also achieved a Gold Medal in the Best in Paper Packaging category.
“We’re extremely proud to have been honoured with two Gold Medals at this year’s Gold Pack Awards. Nampak brought together an idea by SPAR with liquid carton board by Stora Enso and execution by Woodlands Dairy to see the launch of the first Natura™ Life gable top carton in South Africa. This achievement showcases our commitment to sustainability, and we look forward to producing more award-winning planet-friendly packaging in the future,” says Quinton Swart, Nampak Group Executive: Paper and Eastern Africa.
Regarded as South Africa’s premier packaging awards programme, the Gold Pack Awards is an annual competition organised and presented by the Institute of Packaging SA to promote leading design innovation in the packaging industry, and offer development teams the opportunity to showcase their best packaging solutions. The awards are also about benchmarking the industry against global technological developments, as well as recognising outstanding design.
“SPAR is moving towards packaging by nature with greater sustainability and chooses environmentally friendly packaging. This commitment has been verified by being awarded two Gold Medal Awards for ‘Best in Non-Alcoholic Beverage Packaging’ as well as ‘Best in Paper Packaging in the Substrate Excellence’ categories. In collaboration with key partners like Nampak Liquid Cartons, we drive our mantra ‘Packaging by Nature’ in our house brand to reduce overall environmental impact.” Says Diane Kantor, SPAR Brand Manager (Perishables)
The SPAR two-litre Pure-Pak® milk carton has been recently revamped. It is 100% recyclable, made from 87% renewable sources. The carton board communicates organic values, while running on existing filling lines without modifications in machine settings. The strength of the unbleached board results in a lower weight, thus further reducing the carbon footprint. The new carton closures have better pouring functionality and are bio-based, which means they are derived from plant-based sourced and fully recyclable in existing South African plastic recycling streams.
“The visually appealing carton creates a naturally different, sustainable and authentic package that meets demands from growing trends in ethical, ecological and organic products. We are very happy about the success of the carton and the recognition of its excellence at the Gold Pack awards this year,” Graham McKinon, MD of Stora Enso, SA.
In addition to the Gold Medals, Nampak Group earned five more medals in total at the Gold Pack Awards. In Best in Beverages, Nampak Bevcan received three Gold Pack awards. A Bronze Medal for Non-Alcoholic Beverages was awarded to Nampak Bevcan’s Day Water (300ml) Slender Beverage Can, as well as to the JC Le Roux can range, jointly produced by Distell, Nampak Bevcan and Polyflex, in the Alcoholic Beverages category. Recognition was also given to Distell’s 4th Street Spritzer Cans and co-ordinated six-pack wrap as a Finalist. The cans are made in collaboration with Nampak Bevcan, Polyflex and Tropic Plastics.
Nampak Zimbabwe also received accolades for the production of the Eezi Pool Floatster, manufactured in conjunction with Wormhill Investments. The monthly poolcare system, which facilitates the application of chemicals through its innovative design, won both a Finalist Medal in the Household category and a Gold Medal in the Star of Africa awards, an achievement acknowledging Nampak’s packaging excellence across the continent.
“Although this year’s Gold Pack awards was met with challenging circumstance due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Nampak remained strongly committed to supporting the Institute of Packaging SA initiative as a headline sponsor. Awards such as these promote professionalism in packaging and pride in the profession, while maximising exports and minimising imports, which are necessary for the growth of our industry,” concludes Swart.