DuPont Packaging announced the call for entries for the 22nd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, the industry’s longest running, independently judged competition.

“At DuPont, we work with brand owners and value chain partners to develop cost-effective packaging structures that help reduce waste and have improved environmental performance.  Innovation is key to these new packaging approaches.  In this year’s program, we will be broadening the focus of the DuPont Awards from solely sustainability achievements to include packaging innovation and waste/cost reduction as well as sustainability achievements,” said Carolann Haznedar, global business director for DuPont Packaging. “DuPont sponsors this program to recognize achievements that provide learnings to the industry and to highlight the importance of collaboration. To foster knowledge sharing on the winners of the 22nd Awards, we will conduct a global online event that will be open to the industry. In addition, winners will be honored in a celebration event with senior DuPont executives.”

Entries for the 22nd DuPont Awards will be evaluated for excellence in packaging innovation, sustainability and cost/waste reduction. Entry forms and guidelines are available and must be completed Feb. 12, 2010.

Packaging designers, converters, consumer good producers, retailers and equipment manufacturers from around the world are encouraged to enter their new product packaging developments. There is no entry fee and DuPont materials do not need to be in the packaging structure. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2010.

The prestigious international jury panel for the 22nd DuPont Awards includes:
John Bernardo, president, Sustainable Innovations LLC, USA
Peter Clarke, founder and CEO, Product Ventures, USA
Sara Hartwell, Environmental Specialist, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, USA
Stuart Lendrum, head of packaging, Sainsbury’s Supermarket Ltd., UK
Mike Maggio, vice president of Global Strategic Design Operations, Johnson and Johnson
Greg Pockat, vice president of research and development, Curwood Inc, A Bemis Co., USA
Fred Renk, vice president external technology, MeadWestvaco, USA
Gail Tavill, vice president of sustainable development, ConAgra Foods, USA
Patricia Villalobos, director of research and development, Bimbo, Mexico

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, communications and transportation.
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