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The Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDAs) are back bigger and better than ever this year, with the largest number of innovations in the history of the awards being recognised as finalists across 12 categories. The fiercest competition, not surprisingly, is in the Sustainability category, with no less than 23 innovations qualifying as finalists. 

Coordinated by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), the PIDAs are designed to recognise companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in their field across Australia and New Zealand. 

Scroll through our gallery above to see a selection of this year's finalists. Note not all images could be displayed.

The PIDA Awards are the exclusive feeder program for Australia and New Zealand for the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards run by the World Packaging Organisation. The increasingly high level of innovation year on year is reflected in a growing number of WorldStar winners resulting from the PIDAs, as the ANZ region continues to make its mark on the global stage.

All 2022 PIDA winners will be automatically eligible for entry into the 2023 WorldStar Packaging Awards competition.

The Packaging Innovation & Design of the Year company awards recognise organisations that have designed innovative packaging within six categories: Food Packaging; Beverage Packaging; Health, Beauty & Wellness Packaging; Domestic & Household Packaging; Labelling & Decoration; Outside of the Box

There are six special Design of the Year awards also available: Marketing; Accessible and Inclusive Packaging; Save Food Packaging; Sustainable Packaging; Industry Packaging Professional of the Year as well as the ABA Scholarships

2022 Food Packaging Design of the Year  

The Food Packaging Design of the Year award recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within food packaging and processing including fresh, frozen or other sectors.

Finalists are:

Frutmac Zippmatic 100% Paperboard Foodtainer (Auspouch)
Frutmac Zippmatic 100% Paperboard Foodtainer (Auspouch)

Mai Tardi Stackable Paper Lid (Zipform Packaging);

ThermoShield Temperature Monitoring System - Food (Caps & Closures);

Maggi Recipe Base/Mono-PP Sachet (Huhtamaki Australia);

5-Litre Ice Cream Scoop Tray (Bonson Savpac);

Frutmac Zippmatic 100% Paperboard Foodtainer (Auspouch);

Amcor Flowtite NS (Amcor Flexibles Australia);

Nestlé Easter egg range (Nestlé Australia)

Cadbury Roses limited edition Mother’s Day chocolates (Opal).

 2022 Beverage Packaging Design of the Year  

The Beverage Packaging Design of the Year award recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within packaging and processing for liquid or dry tea, coffee, water and soft drinks including wine, beer and spirits.

Finalists are:

ThermoShield Temperature Monitoring System - Beverage (Caps & Closures)
ThermoShield Temperature Monitoring System - Beverage (Caps & Closures)

ThermoShield Temperature Monitoring System - Beverage (Caps & Closures)

Synlait Swappa Bottle (Synlait Milk Limited)

Australia's Most Sustainable Milk Cartons (Brownes Dairy)

Goodman Fielder Meadow Fresh Milk 30% rHDPE Bottle (Pact Group)

Coles Home Compostable Coffee Capsules (Coles)

Norco 100% rPET Milk Bottles (Pact Group)

2022 Health, Beauty & Wellness Packaging Design of the Year

The Health, Beauty & Wellness Packaging Design of the Year award recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, within cosmetics, toiletries, personal hygiene, supplements, vitamins, perfumes, hair body and oral care. This award also covers packaging of all medicines including over the counter medicines, medical equipment packaging.

Finalists are:

Swisse Earth (Zipform Packaging)
Swisse Earth (Zipform Packaging)

etch&ethos (EGO Pharmaceuticals)

Swisse Earth (Zipform Packaging)

Bruce rHDPE tube (Impact International)

Dsmile Box (Production Packaging Innovations)

Carbon free black pigmented tube (Impact International)

Macro Laundry Powder (Woolworths)

2022 Domestic & Household Packaging Design of the Year
The Domestic & Household Packaging Design of the Year award recognises organisations that have designed innovative packaging and/or materials, packaging within domestic and household items, toys, stationary, gifts, clothing, garden equipment, decorating.

Fig & Bloom Shipper Box (Production Packaging Innovations)
Fig & Bloom Shipper Box (Production Packaging Innovations)

Finalists are:

Earthwise Eco Laundry Scoop Innovation (Earthwise Group)

Packsize Australia and Kaboodle (Packsize)

Coles Laundry Powder Scoop Removal (Coles Group)

Fig & Bloom Shipper Box (Production Packaging Innovations)

Nestlé Purina Total Care (Pet Accessories) (Nestlé Purina Australia)

Koh Kerbside Recyclable Spout Pouch Refill Pack (Close the Loop Group).

2022 Labelling & Decoration Design of the Year
The Labelling & Decoration Design of the Year award is designed to recognise the addition of content to a pack which creates a unique or innovative appearance, function or communication. This may include labels, sleeves, tags, coding/markings, etching, directly applied inks or by any other similar process.

Finalists are:

Shelf Ready Packaging for Cadbury Favourites Chocolates (Opal)
Shelf Ready Packaging for Cadbury Favourites Chocolates (Opal)

ID-Shield Anti-Counterfeit System (Caps & Closures)

Hungry Jack's Uno Promotion (Result Group)

Billson's Christmas Gin (Billson's)

Hypro Kerbside Recyclable Petfood Bags (Close the Loop Group)

Shelf Ready Packaging for Cadbury Favourites Chocolates (Opal)

 

 

2022 Outside of the Box Design of the Year
The Outside of the Box Design of the Year Award has been established for miscellaneous packs and materials that are not included in any other category.

Finalists are:

ATGA Table Grapes Project (Result Group)
ATGA Table Grapes Project (Result Group)

Lousy Ink (Close the Loop Group)

JBS & Opal Dunnage Solution (Opal)

Peter Jackson Garment Box (Production Packaging Innovations)

ATGA Table Grapes Project (Result Group)

Maggi 10L Pails (Nestlé Australia)

Cadbury Roses limited edition Mother’s Day chocolates (Opal)

 

2022 Marketing Design of the Year Award
Packaging can elicit emotional responses in consumers and should be seen as your best form of marketing. The right packaging design and eye-catching aesthetics can create emotional stimuli that ensures a brand is purchased. The Marketing Design of the Year award considers not only primary packaging but also secondary and tertiary packaging designs.

Finalists are:

Billson's Christmas Gin (Billson's)
Billson's Christmas Gin (Billson's)

etch&ethos (EGO Pharmaceuticals)

McCain Lil' Pizzas by BrandOpus (BrandOpus Australia)

Australia's Most Sustainable Milk Cartons (Brownes Dairy)

Billson's Heritage Gin Range (Billson's)

Hungry Jack's Uno Promotion (Result Group)

Billson's Premix Range (Billson's)

Chicken Burger Packaging Collectors Box (ATA).

 

 

 

2022 Accessible & Inclusive Packaging Design of the Year
The Accessible & Inclusive Packaging Design Special Award is designed to recognise packaging that is accessible, intuitive, easy-to-open and innovative.

Finalists are:

Dsmile Box (Production Packaging Innovations)
Dsmile Box (Production Packaging Innovations)

EzyGrip Cap (Caps & Closures)

Dsmile Box (Production Packaging Innovations)

Voltaren Osteo Gel 12 Hourly (Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare Australia)

Nestlé Purina Total Care (Pet Accessories) (Nestlé Purina Australia)

Amcor Flowtite NS (Amcor Flexibles Australia).

 

2022 Save Food Packaging Design of the Year Award

The Save Food Packaging Design of the Year award is designed to recognise companies that are working to minimise or prevent food waste from paddock to plate using innovative and intuitive design features that can contain & protect, preserve and extend shelf life; all the while meeting global sustainable packaging targets.

Finalists are 2DBarcodes by GS1 (GS1 Australia & Woolworths)

ThermoShield Temperature Monitoring System (Caps & Closures)

Inghams Waitoa Free Range Butterflied Chicken (Sealed Air NZ).

2022 Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year
The Sustainable Packaging Design of the Year award is designed to recognise companies that have developed innovative packaging or processing solutions that incorporates sustainability considerations. Elements include Social, Material, Source Reduction, Energy and Recovery.

Finalists are:

KitKat prototype recycled content wrapper (Nestlé Australia)

Nespresso Curby Coffee Capsule Collection Program

Australia's Most Sustainable Milk Cartons (Brownes Dairy)

FSC Rectangle Paper Containers (BioPak)

Ivory Coat - High Barrier Recyclable Range (Close the Loop Group)

Opal & JBS Dunnage Solution (Opal)

Amcor Ecotite R (Amcor Flexibles Australia)

SMARTIES Range Paperisation (Nestlé Australia)

Royal Australian Mint Coin Packaging (MaCher Aust)

Detpak RecycleMe Noodle Cup (Detmold Group)

Maggi Recipe Base/Mono-PP sachet (Huhtamaki Australia)

etch&ethos (EGO Pharmaceuticals)

BUBBLE WRAP 50% recycled content air pillows (Sealed Air)

Goodman Fielder Praise 100% rPET Bottles (Goodman Fielder)

Sugarcane Pulp Hot & Cold Cup Lids (BioPak)

Koh Kerbside Recyclable Spout Pouch Refill Pack (Close the Loop Group)

POLLAST!C (Better Packaging Co.)

FSC Paper Spoon Straws (BioPak)

Norco 100% rPET Milk Bottles (Pact Group)

Earthwise Eco Laundry Scoop Innovation (Earthwise Group)

Bruce rHDPE tube (Impact International)

VetOne Fold, Roll & Recycle Packaging by Hypro Petfood (Close the Loop Group)

Goodman Fielder Meadow Fresh Milk 30% rHDPE Bottle (Pact Group)

2022 Industry Packaging Professional of the Year

2022 Industry Packaging Professional of the Year award is designed to recognise and acknowledge the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Packaging industry in Australia and New Zealand.The judges look for individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership, have shows innovation and are not afraid to take risks. This award is for significant and continued contribution of an individual to the industry over a minimum period of 20 years.

Finalists are:

Dr Carol Kilcullen-Lawrence FAIP, CPP Sustainability Consultant, UPM Raflatac

Steve Morriss MAIP, Founder, Close the Loop, a division of Close the Loop Group.

2022 ABA Scholarships
The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA), in partnership with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), is pleased to offer an annual Scholarship program for Australia and New Zealand. The Scholarship program will give one eligible candidate the opportunity to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9,000 and a second person the opportunity to undertake a Certificate in Packaging valued at $7,000.

2022 ABA Scholarships finalists are:

Azadeh Yousefi AAIP, Packaging Designer, Production Packaging Innovations (PPI)

Lea Reynolds AAIP, Commercialisation Manager, Steggall Nutrition

Mark Saturnino MAIP, Packaging Specialist, Woolworths

Rina Nam AAIP, Junior Packaging Technologist, Primo Foods

Diane McInerney AAIP, Designer, Visy.

Winners will be announced on the 8th of July at an awards ceremony that will be held alongside of FoodTech QLD which will be held at the Gold Coast, Queensland. Register here.

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