The Detmold Group was recognised with an award from the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) for Sustainable Packaging Excellence.
The South Australian family owned business also took out APCO’s Manufacturer Sustainability Award for the second year in a row.
Detmold Group general manager of marketing and innovation, Tom Lunn, said the award was testament to the group’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.
“To win the Sustainable Packaging Excellence award is a wonderful acknowledgement,” said Lunn.
“This award is open to all APCO members, around 1,100 organisations, representing Australia’s largest retail brands, packaging companies, logistics and other supply chain partners,” he said.
“The group is proud to be the first packaging company to win this award. It is great to have our successful collaboration and partnership initiatives across our supply chain recognised in this way,” said Lunn.
“This has culminated in our RecycleMe program, which is a great example of how industry can apply innovation to solve difficult problems, like diverting takeaway cups from landfill.
“Our ongoing recognition from APCO is the result of providing our customers with products capturing the latest in sustainability initiatives and providing clarity so our customers can be confident in what they need to achieve, and how to get there practically and competitively,” he said.
“This is the second year that we’ve won the sustainability award within the packaging manufacturers category, and we’re pleased also to be celebrating five consecutive years of recognition in the ‘high performer’ category,” said Lunn.
Campbell Arnott’s Australia won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Packaging Design and the top award for the Food and Beverage sector.
Campbell Arnott’s director of packaging Liza Vernalls said the award demonstrated the company’s commitment to packaging sustainability.
“It has been a great achievement from our packaging team, with full support from our leadership and manufacturing teams, together with the strong partnerships with our suppliers giving us such great results in a short period of time,” said Vernalls.
Other finalist organisations in the food sector included Nestlé Australia, Smith’s Snackfood and Sakata Rice Snacks Australia, Mountain Bread, and Fonterra Brands.