Ampac Wins Alufoil Trophy for Sprout Baby Food from European Aluminum Foil Association

March 17, 2011

Cincinnati, OH (March 17, 2011) — Ampac, a global leader in the retail, food, pet food, security and medical packaging markets, was awarded the Alufoil Trophy for Resource Efficiency for the Sprout Organic Baby Food pouch. The European Aluminum Foil Association (EAFA) awards are designed to reward excellence in aluminum foil packaging in Europe. The Alufoil Trophy rewards companies who show innovation in consumer convenience, technical development and sustainable solutions.

Ampac partnered with Sprout to provide a more sustainable alternative to standard baby food products packaged in glass jars or rigid cups. Sprout desired the added convenience of reclosability in case the product was not consumed in one sitting, and an easy open feature to improve access to the product as well as for consumer convenience. Although the pouch could have been designed to be microwavable, Sprout desired a foil barrier pouch to ensure the consumer would not use the microwave or any other potentially harsh heating method. One of Sprout’s product advantages is to provide a fresher food product, therefore, by design, the product is meant to be heated in hot water and not boiled or microwaved.

Ampac provided a recloseable standup retort pouch with photo quality rotogravure printed graphics and incorporated Ampac’s Linear Tear technology for straight and easy tear opening of the pouch. Ampac also incorporated a retortable recloseable zipper. The new pouches achieved all of Sprout’s requirements and provide significant savings in shipping and storage weight while also minimizing product breakage versus a glass jar.

Ampac’s John Shipley said, “It's a great honor for Ampac to be recognized by our peers in the packaging industry. Our retort zipper stand up pouch demonstrates Ampac's commitment to innovation in action, offering customers sustainable, flexible solutions to challenge traditional rigid alternatives in retort.”

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Ampac drives packaging transformation and performance by creating packages that are more innovative, progressive and dynamic than those used by competitive brands. Ampac’s comprehensive approach to packaging is a balance of rigorous, technology-driven thinking and exceptional creativity. It is a diversified global packaging company with 13 manufacturing centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit Ampac’s website at: www.ampaconline.com.

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