Soup packet wins World Star award
Mondi has won a 2014 WorldStar Award for Packaging for its Royco soup packet of Mars Africa.
In partnership with Afripack Consumer Flexibles and the customer Mars Africa, case Mondi Extrusion Coatings developed an innovative material for food packaging. ?Afripack are proud to be associated with World Class organisations such as Mondi Extrusion Coatings and Mars. This achievement was only possible by driving the principles of true collaboration by all three parties, cure and the continuous commitment to the joint goal of finding a solution. Our partnership with Mondi Extrusion Coatings in Europe has proven to deliver value to our market in South Africa, try ? says James Hynd, Executive Director Afripack International.
As a result, Mars can reduce the carbon footprint of their instant and packet soup range by 25%. Removing an ingredient ? aluminium foil ? was the key to success. As replacement, Mondi Extrusion Coatings developed a non-foil, co-extruded paper laminate that protects the product and gives it a long shelf life. By introducing a special sealing polymer, the sealing temperatures could be significantly reduced, resulting in much lower energy use and higher efficiency on the filling lines. ?We are both proud and inspired by the recognition that comes with winning a 2014 WorldStar Award! It is a true testament to the innovative spirit, persistence and excellence in collaboration that was required to deliver this great packaging breakthrough,? states Lisa Ronquest-Ross, R&D Director, Mars Africa ? Food.
?This outstanding project started two years ago and is the result of a professional and successful cooperation between Mondi Extrusion Coatings and Afripack, our partner in South Africa. We like the combination of Afripack?s high professionalism and spirit for new ideas and we are proud that we, as a team, can offer outstanding new innovations to our business partners and customers,? says Michael Strobl, Managing Director Mondi Extrusion Coatings.
The judgement of the 2014 WorldStar Awards took place on 7 November when representatives from 24 packaging associations, members of WPO (World Packaging Organisation), reviewed 249 packaging projects applied from 35 countries. As a WorldStar winner Afripack Consumer Flexibles will be formally honoured at an Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Interpack Trade Show which will take place between 8 and 14 May 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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