XV National Packaging Awards

June 10th, 2024

National Packaging Awards

Food containers that become tablecloths, yogurts with sprinkles that also serve as a game for the little ones or containers that preserve beer for up to 72 hours after opening. These are some of the winning projects of the XV National Packaging Design and Sustainability Awards, which stand out for their creativity and above all for having a functionality beyond their own as a product container, setting the trend of what will be the new “Circular Economy packaging”.

More than 1000 students inscribed de 33 design centers, universities and schools have presented more than 250 projects in these awards promoted by the Cluster of Innovation in Container and Packaging. This edition, which has achieved a record in participation, has counted on the challenging companies Estrella GaliciaALDIlogifruitGNIBolton FoodsInternational paper y fit.

So much Jesús Pérez, director of the Cluster, as Amaya Fernandez, its president, have stressed that all the projects presented demonstrate extraordinary young talent and creativity, highlighting their ability to adapt to new regulations and convert innovative ideas into outstanding Circular Economy projects in packaging.

The universities winning the first prizes have been University of Valladolid, with two awards, as well as the Polytechnic University of Madrid, la Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto, la Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, the Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny de les Illes Balears, la Alicante School of Art and Design y Polytechnic University of Valencia.

These awards are supported by Hinojosa Packaging Group and the technology center ITENE, and with the important support of sacmi y Grabalfa, as well as with the collaboration of Caixa Popular, Siegwerk, Innotech Coexpan & Emsur, La Plana Group, Limitronic, Alpesa-Upalet y ESIC Business & Marketing School. They are also financed by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana.

Traditional product designed for the future

Firstly, Estrella Galicia has proposed to develop a sustainable and functional container for the storage and consumption of cellar beer without compromising its quality. Thus, the gas retention capacity in the bottle is maintained and the consumer experience is improved by being able to take home freshly brewed beer, without additives or preservatives.

The winners have been Alejandro Torres, Raúl Antonio Cantillo and Álvaro Gimeno from the Universitat Jaume I, with a project where they have presented a collection of reusable formats made up of three isothermal containers forged by tradition and designed for the future. The containers preserve the beer for up to 72 hours after opening. In addition, they have a double-wall vacuum insulation system and are made of borosilicate glass, which allows them to be resistant and completely recyclable.

Meanwhile, the “Frescura Gallega” project by Daniel Roa, Hugo Lleras and Paula Hernández from the University of Valladolid has obtained the Second Prize in this category; and Noemi Abarca, Juan Gil, Lucía Andújar and Pilar Morillo from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

Sustainable yogurts that are transformed into toys

On the other hand, the challenge of ALDI has been to redesign the primary and secondary packaging of yogurt with chocolate sprinkles, which is one of its best-selling products, as well as finding a solution to the presentation of the sprinkles. The first prize in this challenge has been for the project Ana Amigo, Clara Díaz, Raquel Aguiriano and Marta Decimavilla from the University of Valladolid.

With a new yogurt container made of inexpensive recycled materials and with a biodegradable and recyclable cardboard label, the students have convinced the supermarket chain, which not only sought to optimize thethe packaging, but also improve the shopping experience. One of the innovative features is that the container developed incorporates a spoon so that it can be consumed anywhere and can then be assembled so that children can play with it. Likewise, they have improved the current display tray, optimizing space to the maximum.

For its part, the work “MIX-LO” by Cristina Dacosta from the León Ortega Art School; and Sara Xian Fernández, Esteban Jorge Gil, Ga Young Moon and Inés Portilla from the Polytechnic University of Madrid have obtained a Second Prize in this category.

Multi-size containers for drugstore products

The challenge of logifruit has focused on the design of a multi-size container, that is, the size can be regulated according to need, which adapts to any type of drugstore product. In this case, Carola Dobón and Lucía Martín from the Alicante School of Art and Higher Education They have been the winners.

The winning entry incorporates guides that allow the extension of the recyclable box to be modified, which makes two formats possible: a large one for voluminous products and other small ones for smaller dimensions. To create it, they have applied the folding and stacking system to facilitate the transportation and cleaning to which the products are subjected.

In addition, the “RAILBOX” projects by Adrián de la Fuente, Paula González, Marta Sánchez and Ana Gallego from the University of Valladolid have obtained the Second Prize in this category; and “LOGIFLEX” by Ana María De Juan, Beatriz Tey, María de las Nieves Pizarro and José Alberto Ruiz from the University of Cádiz.

Ideal fragrance for generation Z

Meanwhile, GNI has challenged the participants to create a line of perfumes that had to include both a small format to take anywhere and a standard consumption format. In this challenge, the project that has won first place has been “Type Z” by Sara Fernández, Pablo González and María Jiménez from the Universitat Politècnica de València and the University of Valladolid.

A bright green cologne with a good smell that reflects the “enthusiastic” personality of young people. The winning project of this challenge, “Type Z”, has two categories of bottles: one of 50 milliliters and another smaller one that can be refilled from the main container. This possibility of recharging extends the useful life of the product, making it a sustainable and environmentally friendly fragrance.

The “REELIVE” projects by Cristina Campos and Marian Lobo from the Polytechnic University of Valencia have achieved second place in this challenge; and “PLAY_” by Paulina Kulyk, Carla Gutiérrez and Clàudia Faure from ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona.

Container and tablecloth at the same time

Likewise, Bolton Food, which counts among its brands canned goods Isabel, has proposed the challenge of designing a the packaging for this type of product that, in addition to guaranteeing food safety, is also recyclable or biodegradable. They have been winners in this challenge Lian Xiaolei del Pino, Bingxue Huang, Nicola Kowalczyk and María Zamarro from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).

Starting from the product “ENSALADÍSSIMA ISABEL”, the UPM group has created a sustainable packaging using cardboard, 100% recyclable aluminum and other biodegradable materials. This container has an ergonomic design for easy transportation and can also be unfolded, serving as a tablecloth with compartments to temporarily deposit waste until you finish eating. Thus, even if the population does not have time to cook and resorts to ready-to-eat dishes or with minimal preparation, it can be 100% sustainable.

Likewise, they have obtained a second prize in this challenge “Always well… with Isabel” by Irene Rando, Julia García and Sofía Hernández from the Universitat Politècnica de València; and Marina Fabra, Cristina García, María Peris and Julia Rodrigo from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Optimized space with folding boxes

As well International paper has challenged the students to find a the packaging that would allow the replacement of plastic packaging for home delivery of orders when shopping in supermarkets and logistics chains such as Mercadona, Amazon Fresh or Carrefour. The first prize in this challenge has gone to “Plega't” by Bernat Juan, Ramón Cerdà and Laura Mantolan from the Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny de les Illes Balears (EASDIB).

Specifically, EASDIB students have developed an instantly foldable box that reduces the volume occupied by the unfolded box by 90%. It features easy stacking, so you don't need to use adhesives to hold the sides of the box together. It can be assembled only by following the folds and fitting the tabs, without the use of additional tools.

In this challenge they have achieved a second prize “FoldBox_delivery” by Gerardo Artal, Daniel Baya, Adrián Almoyna and Gerardo Cambra from the University of Zaragoza; and “FETTRO-PACK” by Nuria María Téllez from the School of Art and Design of Segovia.

Durable and recyclable packaging

Lastly, fit has proposed to design packaging for the industrial sector that is foldable, ergonomic and customizable so it can be reused. It was also requested that it have the capacity to contain the materials to be sent so that they arrive at the destination in perfect condition. The first place in this challenge has been achieved Maitane Urcullu from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto.

Along these lines, Urcullu has developed a packaging design that optimizes the supply chain, ensuring health and safety at work for operators and brings together all the characteristics most requested by companies in the industrial sector. Another key aspect is that the raw materials for the packaging come from renewable sources and recycled materials, and each of its parts can be replaced when it deteriorates and, thus, extend the useful life of the product, without discarding parts ahead of time.

In this challenge they have also achieved a second prize for “RAIL FOLDING” by Marcos Muñoz, Mónica Lara, Nicolás Vázquez and David Silva from the University of Valladolid; and Leire Amorena, Miguel Rodríguez and Marina Espitia from the University of Zaragoza.

Cantera Cluster Plan Award

Likewise, in this gala, for yet another year the Cantera Cluster Plan Award for which one of the participating students has been awarded a scholarship by the Packaging Cluster to study the Master in Management [MBM] taught by ESIC Business & Marketing School. A scholarship valued at €21.200 whose winner has been María Peribáñez, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

For their part, the winners and finalists of these awards go directly to the final of the category reserved for young people of the Liderpack Awards, organized by the Graphispack Association and the Hispack show at Fira de Barcelona.

In parallel, among the projects presented, the Spanish representatives will be chosen in the WorldStar Student Awards, the most important packaging awards in the world for students of universities and design schools.

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You can check the winners of the previous edition here.

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