Leading global manufacturer of paper-based packaging solutions, Graphic Packaging International (‘Graphic Packaging’), has been shortlisted in the prestigious Pro Carton/ECMA European Carton Excellence Award 2020 for its KeelClip™ and PaperSeal® packaging solutions.
The two innovations, designed, developed and manufactured by Graphic Packaging, have seen significant commercial success since their respective launches in early 2019, both delivering economically viable, sustainable packaging alternatives for its customers.
“KeelClip, in particular, is a ground-breaking innovation, in that it is the only package of its type to work with all can diameters and heights and in configurations up to a 10-pack, offering our customers a premium package with the flexibility they need in a fast-changing market segment,” said Steve Gould, innovation director for Graphic Packaging’s beverage division in Europe.
“This, coupled with our Graphic Packaging KeelClip machinery system, ensures the total solution meets the needs of our customers and their consumers –both from a sustainability perspective and our customers’ required line speed and efficiency.”
Both KeelClip and PaperSeal have been designed with optimum flexibility and scalability in mind for brands. PaperSeal, a recyclable tray that is designed to replace traditional modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum-sealed plastic (VSP) trays, is suitable for multiple applications including protein, fresh fruit and salads and features a one-piece continuous flange that offers excellent seal integrity.
Tom Garsed, marketing, innovation and design director at Graphic Packaging added, “We’re delighted that our ranges have been recognized for their innovative qualities, in line with their proven commercial viability. The European Carton Excellence program is recognized throughout the industry for showcasing cutting-edge innovation, and we’re pleased to have been shortlisted not once, but twice.”
The European Carton Excellence Award is Europe’s most prestigious award for paperboard packaging. A Carton E-vent & Awards will be held on October 7, 2020, to celebrate the winners of the individual awards, which will be decided by a public vote. Members of the public are welcome to cast their vote online before September 30.