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Gold Pack Awards 2021 – all the food winners

The Institute of Packaging SA’s Gold Pack Awards are the annual showcase for the local packaging industry – here are the 2021 food winners.

The Institute of Packaging SA’s Gold Pack Awards are the annual showcase for the local packaging industry – here are the 2021 food winners.

The Gold Pack Awards programme is designed to showcase the very best of the packaging industry. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the top three winners in each category. However, all entries achieving finalist status as well as the medal winners qualify for entry into the international WPO WorldStar Awards.

These prestigious awards were given at a formal ‘black-tie’ banquet held on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at the Inanda Club Polo Room, Sandton.

Gold Pack Trophy 2021 – PETZorb Meat Tray

Of course, the most coveted award is the IPSA Gold Pack Trophy presented to the best entry overall. This year it went to the PETZorb Meat Tray, entered by the converter and brand owner, Mpact Versapak. See the pic and details below – as it also won the Gold Award for the Food Category.

The food packaging results are chronicled below:

Click on the image, left, to view the full Gold Pack 2021 brochure.

See the report on sister site, DRINKStuff SA, for the beverage winners. Click here!

See all the finalist and winning products in this YouTube video:

About the Gold Pack Awards

The Institute of Packaging SA GOLD PACK AWARDS have grown into a competition of considerable importance and prestige over some 50 years. Winning any GOLD PACK medal is held in high esteem by the packaging industry.

The judges comprise a panel of impartial and experienced people with a wide range of packaging knowledge. They look specifically for the excellent application and execution of anything that may involve new, innovative or creative design, marketing or technology applied to packaging produced in Africa.

The judges take into account the imported technology, components, constituents etc and look specifically for the African input in the creation of excellent packaging. The critical qualification for entry is that the packaging must have been converted in Africa. Anyone may enter a pack, however in all cases the converter and the brand owner must co-approve the entry form.

Although innovation is an appealing reason for awarding Gold Pack medals, it is primarily excellence in packaging execution that creates medal winners. The categories are wide and varied and are divided into two broad groups:

  • The first group relates to the product’s market type – from beverages and food to industrial, packaging components and packaging processes and systems.
  • The second group is defined by packaging materials – from metals, glass and paper to rigid and flexible plastics.

Criteria in the two groups are quite different with the substrate categories tending to be focused more on the technical superiority of the packaging’s manufacture and conversion.

Source: IPSA,

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