Durban companies clean up at packaging awards
20 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917235
TWO Durban-based companies notched up a near clean sweep at the recent Gold Pack Awards 2019.
Unilever bagged four gold medals in various categories, including the Judge’s Special Mention for the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
The Gold Pack Awards recognizes and celebrates South African companies in the packaging industry who represent innovation and professionalism in packaging. Awards nominees were evaluated on teamwork, co-operation and creative problem-solving to emerge as worthy flag-bearers in the packaging industry.
The Durban-headquartered consumer goods giant was declared a winner in the Health, Beauty, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Household and Substrate Excellence categories for its Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Shrink Sleeve Range; Sunlight Dishwash Liquid and Brut aluminum aerosol deodorant respectively, and a finalist for the Comfort Fabric Softener and Dawn Body Lotion ranges.
“We pride ourselves in developing an in-depth understanding of what consumers want and utilize our expertise in science and technology to innovate boldly for people and the planet,” said Jennifer Cromie, R&D Director at Unilever.
“The awards which we humbly accept are testament to the relentless efforts of the R&D team and our commitment to sustainable growth. For the judges to sit up and take notice of the impact of our initiatives through Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan must mean we are doing something right.”
The Sustainable Living Plan sets out to decouple Unilever’s growth from its environmental footprint, while increasing its positive social impact. Launched in 2010, it has three main goals, one of which is to halve the company’s environmental impact by 2020.
The award for Judge’s Special Mention for Sustainability does not form part of the category awards and is instead a separate award bestowed on companies at the discretion of the judges.
Mobeni-based packaging company Shave & Gibson also bagged a number of awards.,
Its innovative handbag-shaped "Bag-in-Box" design for Fairview Estate's 3L Goats do Roam wine box, was awarded the premier 2019 IPSA Gold Pack Trophy for best overall packaging design in all substrates.
The Goats do Roam box also won gold in the Alcoholic Beverage Packaging and Best in Paper Packaging categories, with its design for another wine brand, Chocoholic, bagging bronze and silver respectively in the two categories.
It was a finalist in the Food Packaging category for Nandos.
"These awards inspire us to do the best we can and continuously drive product innovation. We are truly humbled by these achievements and recognize that this is an all-round team effort," said National Sales Manager Bill Furniss.