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MULTIVAC wins DuPont packaging award

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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MULTIVAC receives the DuPont Award for the Heinz Dip & Squeeze packaging concept.

MULTIVAC, a Germany-based global leader in the manufacture of thermoform packaging machinery has won the DuPont Award of the packaging industry for its innovative Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup pack in the category of ‘Innovations which change the way we eat‘.

Judged independently, the prestigious award is the oldest global award within the packaging industry, with this years competition garnering over 200 entries from North and South America, Europe and the Asian Pacific region.

“We are very appreciative of the recognition which the distinguished jury panel has expressed for the Dip & Squeeze pack”, states Jan Erik Kuhlmann,  president and chief executive officer of the American subsidiary of MULTIVAC, during the awarding of the prize, which took place this past June.

Consumer-friendly packaging solution

With the Dip & Squeeze package, Heinz and MULTIVAC have developed a particularly consumer-friendly single-serve ketchup pack. Its dual opening facility allows the consumer the choice of either squeezing the ketchup over the food or using the package as a dipping tray. The innovative pack is produced on fully automatic, turnkey end-to-end packaging equipment from MULTIVAC.

“The success of this project is the result of years of hard work and cooperation between the engineering teams of Heinz and MULTIVAC,” says Kuhlmann. “Together we have developed an innovative package, which decisively improves the customer’s experience with this iconic product. MULTIVAC is in a position to be able to ramp up its resources and expertise worldwide when market sector leaders like Heinz want to enhance the value of their products and brands by means of a better package.”

The package also won a Gold Award in Flexible Packaging at the 2011 PAC – Packaging Association competition. For a list of full winners, see the Awards supplement contained within the June 2011 issue of Canadian Packaging magazine.


MULTIVAC is one of the world’s leading suppliers of packaging solutions: the company is a global market leader in thermoform packaging machines and manufactures a comprehensive range of traysealers, vacuum chamber machines, chamber conveyor machines, labelers, quality control systems, automation solutions and even ready-to-use lines. The company has approximately 3,200 employees worldwide, with about 1,300 based at the headquarters in Wolfertschwenden, Germany. For more information, visit


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