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Meetingpack announces the MP2022 awards to recognize innovation and sustainability in barrier food packaging

MeetingPack, the biannual event organized by AINIA and AIMPLAS, which attracts members of the entire packaging value chain, has announced its MP2022 Awards as a new feature of this year’s edition. These awards aim to reward innovations by experts and organizations in the development of barrier packaging and sustainability solutions to be applied in the food industry.

The awards are aimed at national and international companies that manufacture materials and films, sheets, preforms, packaging, packaging equipment, and recycling and packaging systems whose innovations are contributing sustainable solutions to industry development.

This first edition of the awards will have two categories: flexible packaging solutions (films) and rigid packaging solutions (trays and bottles). These innovations can be applicable to any field in the industry, including materials, packaging, equipment and processes.

The nomination deadline

Nominations may be submitted until 14 February 2022 on the form available on the MeetingPack website.

The nominations will be evaluated by a jury of seven experts from different organizations who are members of the event’s scientific and organization committee, as well as leading experts in the fields of business, public administration and science. When evaluating the nominations, the innovation’s applications and impact will be considered, as well as its sustainability. Three finalists will be selected in each category from among all the nominations submitted.

The awards ceremony will be held at the MP2022 awards dinner on 20 April. At least one person from each company submitting a nomination must attend MeetingPack 2022.

Barrier packaging: a challenge for the circular economy

The condition of food when it reaches the consumer and its shelf life depend largely on the atmosphere inside the packaging. The latest research trends are aimed at making advances in barrier packaging, which protects the product from external factors such as light, humidity and oxygen in order to delay spoilage, regardless of the use of additives.

In a global context with a clear commitment to environmental sustainability, the industry is faced with the challenge of using packaging that extends food’s shelf life and guarantees its safety while having the least possible impact on the environment.

The requirements this scenario imposes on the industry make up the core content of the fifth edition of MeetingPack, which will take place on 20-21 April 2022 at the Valencia Conference Centre. With the title Barrier Packaging Solutions: A Challenge for the Circular Economy, the event will encourage discussion on the challenges and opportunities that the circular economy poses to the barrier food packaging sector.

Supported by sponsors and partners

MeetingPack 2022 receives support from sponsors such as RAORSA, the ENPLATER GROUP, UBE, RSM, TPL, LEYGATECH, FAERCH, LYONDELLBASELL and LUBRIZOL as well as collaborating bodies AVEP, PlasticsEurope, FIPA, EFE (Spanish Association of Flexible Packaging Converters), PACKNET, ASOBIOCOM (Spanish Association of Biodegradable, Compostable Plastics), Asociación de Snacks, Galicia Food and Drink Cluster, Flexible Packaging Europe, FEDACOVA (Agri-Food Business Federation of the Valencian Community), the Food For Life Spain Platform, Grupo Nueva Pescanova, Palacios, SWP and VISCOFAN, not to mention media outlets such as CÁRNICA, EPPM, FUTURENVIRO, IDE, IAMBIENTE, INTERPLAST, PACKAGING EUROPE, PLAST21, PLÁSTICOS UNIVERSALES, RETEMA, TECNOALIMEN, TECNOPACK, PLASTICS IN PACKAGING, REVISTA PLÁSTICOS MODERNOS, SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING NEWS, DULCES NOTICIAS and TECNIFOOD.

Organized by AIMPLAS and AINIA

Organized jointly by AIMPLAS and AINIA, MeetingPack has been held every two years since 2013 for members from the entire packaging value chain and related sectors to discuss the main barrier packaging developments. The last edition, MeetingPack 2019, Trends in Sustainable Barrier Packaging: Towards the Objective H2030, helped consolidate and internationalize the event, which was further bolstered by the special online edition held on 27 May 2021.