Packaging entries highlight latest trends, innovation in 2017 Foodservice Packaging Awards.
November 7, 2017
by Canadian Packaging staff
FALLS CHURCH, Va.—In a competition known for its Package of the Year award, judges presented PDQ and Pan Pacific Manufacturing as dual winners in the 2017 Foodservice Packaging Awards, held by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) and QSR magazine.
“This year’s entries made it so difficult to choose the ‘best of the best’ that, for the first time ever, the judges selected two Package of the Year award winners,” says FPI president Lynn Dyer. “PDQ and Pan Pacific Manufacturing demonstrated notable excellence and innovations in packaging, respectively.”
Pan Pacific Manufacturing’s Seal 2 Go tamper-evident carryout bags won Foodservice Package of the Year for Innovation. The easily sealable bags take advantage of a growing need in a simple format, allowing restaurants to add safety to the delivery process without additional labor. Judges felt the design could have far-reaching usage throughout the industry, particularly as more and more restaurants depend on third-party services for food delivery.
PDQ’s packaging suite won Foodservice Package of the Year for Excellence. Using packaging designed and manufactured by CMI Pack, graphics with big, bold styles highlighted PDQ’s color palette, messaging and graphics to tell its brand story. Judges felt the different pieces created a cohesive packaging message while using every available print surface — even the inside flaps — for witty content that promotes social media engagement.
For 17 years, the trade association and trade publication have partnered in these bi-annual awards to recognize innovation in the foodservice packaging industry. Almost all of this year’s entries reflected growing trends in both the packaging and restaurant industries, including tamper-evident products and interest in molded fiber products.
“Many of this year’s packaging entries really spoke to the current trends in our industry,” says Dyer. “Award entries especially demonstrated how the industry is responding to increasing customer demand for more delivery and take-out services, which impact how foodservice packaging is designed.”
Judges reviewed entries based on excellence in brand delivery, convenience, manufacturing, new menu launch and the “wow” factor. Top award winners in each of these categories were PDQ, International Paper, Eco-Products, Chef Pack and Pan Pacific Manufacturing, respectively.
Award recipients were recognized during FPI’s fall conference and are featured in the November issue of QSR magazine. A full listing of award winners may be found on QSR’s website, HERE.
Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute is the trade association for the foodservice packaging industry in North America. FPI promotes the value and benefits of foodservice packaging and serves as the industry’s leading authority to educate and influence stakeholders. Members include raw material and machinery suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and purchasers of foodservice packaging. For more information, visit www.FPI.org.