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Pack-Age wins prestigious packaging award

Delft, NL, 03 Oct 2012 13:01 CEST

DSM’s revolutionary cheese-ripening solution, Pack-Age™ has been awarded Bronze at one of the world’s most competitive packaging innovation contests, ‘De Gouden Noot’. A judging panel of 20 industry experts from across the value chain chose Pack-Age from a shortlist of 10 finalists and 40 entries as the most innovative B2B packaging concept.

Onno Omta, president of the judging panel commented: “Pack-Age is an important illustration of the added value packaging offers, particularly in a conventional sector such as the cheese industry. This innovative film improves the ripening of cheese, increases the shelf life, and reduces the product losses associated with the application and then removal of the crust. Compared with coated cheeses, the breathable film results in higher value and quality of the cheese and delivers a higher yield with the use of less material. Pack-Age also offers improved sustainability benefits - less cheese is lost and less production time is needed due to the crust removal process being eliminated, and the value of the cheese is increased by the improved maturation.”

Corstiaan Hooft, Global New Business Development Manager at DSM Food Specialties added: “We are honored to win this prize, which showcases our innovation potential when we combine our life- and material sciences expertise. Together with our colleagues at DSM Engineering Plastics and the DSM Innovation Center, we have developed the polymers and the concept needed for the patented packaging. We have also drawn on the additional knowledge and sound experience of Südpack in co-extrusion, who have helped successfully manufacture Pack-Age”.

Marc Arts, Business Director Food & Crop Protection at DSM Food Specialties, concludes: “We already have success with dairy customers across a range of ripening applications in hard and semi-hard cheeses, such as Gouda, Edam, Emmental, Provolone, Manchego, Sbrinz and Parmesan cheese types. This prize inspires us to develop new areas of application of the Pack-Age concept".