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Detpak wins national award for packaging design innovation

South Australian packaging company Detpak received the APPMA Packaging Design Innovation Award for its kerbside recyclable paper bag for fresh potatoes.

The APPMA (Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association) Awards of Excellence 2024, held in Melbourne, is the national awards program for the Australian packaging and processing industry and recognises excellence, innovation, leadership and best practice.

Detpak, a subsidiary of the South Australian third-generation family-owned Detmold Group, has been recognised for developing what is believed to be Australia’s first kerbside recyclable paper bag for fresh potatoes, in collaboration with national leading potato and onion producer Mitolo Family Farms and Coles.

Detpak is aiming to replace all 100 per cent plastic packaging in fresh produce and help set the stage for industry-wide transformation.

Detpak sales general manager Roman Bolzon said “Detpak is proud to be part of a collaborative ground-breaking packaging design solution that is leading a broader shift towards sustainable practices in the grocery sector as consumers become more environmentally conscious,”

The paper-based bag was launched last year following three years of rigorous development, transforming fresh potato packaging for Mitolo’s Gourmandine potato range, reducing plastic usage by 64 per cent, equating to 8.2 tonnes less plastic each year.

“Detpak is proud to be part of a collaborative ground-breaking packaging design solution that is leading a broader shift towards sustainable practices in the grocery sector as consumers become more environmentally conscious,” said Bolzon.

Detpak’s RecycleMe technology maintains product quality, extends shelf life, and offers kerbside recyclability, aligning with Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation guidelines.

“We are always looking at innovative ways to drive sustainable change across the packaging industry and are continuing to evolve packaging to be better for our environment,” said Bolzon.

“We would like to thank APPMA for the Award, and sponsor Ranpak, for recognition of our contribution in sustainability and packaging across Australia.”

In the past two years, the Detmold Group’s commitment to developing sustainable packaging solutions has seen the company:

  • Work with Subway to design a new fibre-based, 100 per cent kerbside recyclable catering platter to replace plastic takeaway trays.
  • Become the first Australian business to release a broad range of compostable, No- Added PFAS sugarcane plates, bowls and containers called Vanguard.
  • Collaborate with food delivery platform Uber Eats to produce smaller-sized paper delivery bags for single orders to reduce waste.
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