The Institute of Packaging Professionals Honors Clear Lam Packaging
By Grocery Headquarters Staff
Clear Lam Packaging has won a 2014 AmeriStar Award for its Fisher Roasted Party Peanuts PrimaPak package from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP), the second major award for this new patented technology. Developed by Clear Lam to replace bulky rigid jars, blow-molded containers, injection-molded packages, composite cans and stand-up pouches, the PrimaPak package is a flexible, stackable and reclosable packaging produced on a vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine. Clear Lam received the award at a ceremony held June 10 in New York City. “We believe this packaging solution is a game-changer for the industry. Not only does it address current environmental concerns, it delivers significant cost savings to processors and manufacturers,” says James Sanfilippo, president and CEO of Clear Lam Packaging. “This recognition by a panel of our peers validates the advances made in our manufacturing practices and the hard work our entire Clear Lam team has undertaken to make our PrimaPak package commercially successful.” The AmeriStar Award recognizes packaging innovation across a range of consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and industrial categories. Entries were evaluated by a panel of judges based on innovation, product protection, economics, package performance, marketing and environmental impact. Recognized in the Shelf Stable Food Category, the award winning PrimaPak package is produced from lightweight laminated rollstock incorporating the Prima ExoShell and Clear Lam’s Peel and ReSeal Lidding system. Combining all components of the finished rollstock into one roll of film eliminates the need for pre-formed bases, lids, labels and shrink bands, reducing direct materials costs and packaging waste. The finished package resembles a pop-up box and is stackable, improving package cube by 30% or more, company officials say. This translates into truckload and warehouse space savings, reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. IoPP's AmeriStar Packaging Awards competition commemorates the best packages of the year and pays tribute to the industry thought leaders advancing their company's goals of packaging innovation, differentiation, savings and growth. For nearly a decade, Clear Lam has invested extensively in research and development through its Project EarthClear initiative to commercialize new packaging technologies that minimize the impact on the environment. These efforts include packaging materials made from renewable plastics, materials that incorporate recycled content and light-weighting technologies designed to reduce weight and enhance cubing.