Starpack 2006: the winner of the Supreme Gold Award is…

Glass won top honors at the UK“s Starpack Awards 2006, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel“s prestigious Great Room in London“s Mayfair on 5 July 2006. The event, now in its 47th year, is the UK“s p…

Glass won top honors at the UK“s Starpack Awards 2006, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel“s prestigious Great Room in London“s Mayfair on 5 July 2006. The event, now in its 47th year, is the UK“s premier packaging industry awards programme and is organised by the IOP: The Packaging Society, a division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The Supreme Gold Award went to a beautifully designed and innovative bottle for Diageo“s Oronoco rum, which the judges said was a “stunning pack combining technical difficulty with real shelf presence”. The most innovative feature of the distinctive and slender glass bottle for Brazilian super-premium white rum imported by Diageo is the embossed bonded-leather wrap which shows the Brazilian map. Winner of several Gold Stars, the technical challenge for the Oronoco bottle lay in finding the correct leather in terms of thickness, ability to emboss, colour and adhesion. The leather used includes a latex additive which allows the material to bend around the bottle and also ensures good custom-colour matching and embossing. The wrap is applied using double-faced tape. The Oronoco bottle was designed by Gordon Smith, Smith & Co, and manufactured by Saverglass, Feuquieres, France. The Diageo bottle also won Gold Star – Best Consumer Pack – Food; Gold Star – Best Use of Innovative Materials; Gold Star – Best Designer/Design House of the Year; Silver Star – Best Innovation in Glass Packaging; Bronze Star – Best Innovative Pack; Finalist – Rockware Glass Freshthinking Award for Innovation in Glass Packaging. A complex, wedge-shaped bottle for Sambao (a Cachaca Spirit) won a Gold Star for Allied Glass Containers and Diageo for the Best Innovation in Glass Packaging, while Diageo was presented with the Rockware Glass Freshthinking Award. The distinctive Sambao Lime Wedge white flint glass bottle features high shoulders and fine embossing to create an innovative and technically demanding pack. The bottle combines complex design and developmental production techniques that stretch the boundaries of glass manufacture. Its extreme profile is created by production techniques including a “non-conventional mould“ that features an undulating-staggered mould joint running the entire length of the bottle. As well as sponsoring awards, Rockware was among the winners: Joanne Hollins, Education Leader at Rockware Glass, was named Young Packaging Professional of the Year, an award sponsored by IOM3. The Starpack Awards rewarded excellence with 15 Gold Stars, a Supreme Gold and the Technical Innovation Award; 27 Silver Stars, 34 Bronze Stars and nine sponsor awards from a total of 867 individual category entries. The awards were presented by Hazel Irvine, one of the BBC“s top sports commentators, and guests were also treated to top class cabaret from TV comic Marcus Brigstocke.