Originality and Innovation Shine in 2021 Packaging Awards

In a year when not much is normal, it’s not surprising that the 2021 Packaging Awards were a little different than in years past. We were unable to crown the winners in person during FPI’s fall conference, but we were excited by the unique and innovative submissions for the 2021 competition.

Known for its Packaging of the Year award, the highly coveted award chosen from the winners in each category, this competition has been held biannually for nearly two decades. The competition features winners in each of the following categories: Excellence in brand delivery; Innovation in convenience; Innovation in manufacturing; Excellence in new menu launch; and The “wow” factor.

We were excited to see Jackass Burrito win for its unique and innovative paperboard burrito packaging and paper carryout bag, manufactured by Commonwealth Packaging Company and designed by Triboro Design. In addition to winning top honors, Jackass Burrito earned first place in the Brand Delivery category. The company created an appealing and functional multi-folding paperboard carton to protect its products and ensure it stays hot and intact. Our judges were also impressed with the company’s bright and colorful paper carryout bag. They thought the branding, functionality and convenience came together to create effective, innovative packaging.

Originality is important, but at its core, foodservice packaging success is based around the ability to perform the tasks required — hot food needs to stay hot, cold food cold. We continue to be encouraged by our industry’s response to the evolving needs of the customer, and our winners this year demonstrate how innovation meets functionality.

First place winners in the other categories are:

  • New Menu Launch: KFC for its Secret-Recipe Fries Carton manufactured by WestRock.
  • Innovation in Convenience: Inline Plastics for its Snackers™ line of containers.
  • Innovation in Manufacturing: Inline Plastics for its Reborn™ line of containers.
  • The “Wow” Factor: Chicken Guy! Catering for its take-out carrier.

We want to congratulate all our winners this year and thank everyone for their entries!

For a full listing of award categories and winners, pick up the November issue of QSR magazine or you can view them on QSR’s website.

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