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Winners of PLD & ADF Innovation Awards Revealed as Paris Packaging Week Draws to a Close

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Paris Packaging Week highlights best and most innovative packaging from the past year across the luxury, premium drinks, and aerosol sectors, as winners of PLD & ADF Innovation Awards announced. 

January 18th – Paris Packaging Week organisers Easyfairs capped a memorable two days by revealing the PLD & ADF Innovation Awards winners. 

In a fitting end to a bumper two days at Paris Expo Port de Versailles, the respective juries presiding over both awards handed out 17 awards and nine certificates in total in celebration of the world’s best innovations across perfume, cosmetics, personal care, premium drinks, aerosols and dispensing systems. 

Specifically, the PLD and ADF Innovation Awards highlight the best and most innovative packaging from the past year across the luxury, premium drinks, and aerosol sectors, with visitors to Paris Packaging Week able to see and take inspiration from the finalists at a dedicated Innovation Awards gallery at the event. 

The PLD Innovation Awards – launched in 2020 – celebrate the global premium and luxury drinks market’s best packaging innovations and launches in the past year. The 12-person jury scrutinizing the class of 2024 came together on December 8, 2023, at Jujin NY Luxury Packaging Company, and included representatives from Moët Hennessy, Champagne Taittinger, Pernod Ricard, Bacardi, Rémy Cointreau, and The Coca Cola Company. 

Jury president of the PLD Innovation Awards Christophe Mantoz from Eurostampa said: “This year specifically there were some very nice projects and as a jury, it was very difficult to find an agreement together about who should win the award. But you can just tell which were the projects that were very exciting for the development teams to work on. Some of the packaging just made you feel like you were part of something exceptional.”

Created with the utmost passion and dedication by a team of nine artisans in collaboration with Ceramica Servin, a family workshop based in Mexico, the shape of the ceramic bottle was designed by Karen Gonzalez. Handcrafted in small batches of only 500 per year, across 10 days, each bottle took seven hours to hand paint and is adorned with the personal signature of the artisan behind its creation.

PLD winner Daniel Barajas said: “It represents an agave plant; it starts simple and it’s a hexagon and it’s the leaves that come out of an agave. And it’s also a representation of what comes from nature.

“The response we’ve had from consumers, from the audience, and the judges has been incredible, and it feels magical when the things that are happening start to happen. It all comes back to the energy that the product has. It’s something special and when you have it on your table, it just makes you feel good and reminds you that there is humanity behind it. There is no machine behind the process, and we’re honoured to get this award.

“We wanted something classical, elegant and something you can recognise as a bottle, but at the same time we wanted to innovate, we wanted a transformation and something you can identify as beautiful wherever you are.”

In total, the jury decided to issue 11 awards and three certificates as follows: 

NEW: Mass Marketing Innovation (<15€)

  • Awards: LatCub® Premium – Heineken 
  • Certificate: Vodka – Stratus Packaging 

NEW: Mass Marketing Innovation (15€ – 30€)

  • Award: On the Fringe – Denomination 

Super & Ultra Premium Innovation (30€ – 100€)

  • Award: Rhum J.M Canopée – Westrock 
  • Certificate: Gray Goose Night Vision 2023 – Bacardi 

Luxury Innovation (100€ – 1000€) 

  • Award: Tequila Barajas Bottle – Tequila Barajas Sarl 
  • Award: Horizon Single Cru – Martell 

Hyper Luxe and Bespoke (>1000€) 

  • Awards: Hennessy Paradis – Hennessy / Pusterla 1880 / Danzer 
  • Certificate: Grand Marnier Quintessence – Ritual “Ribbon Pourer – Grand Marnier / Chic 
  • Awards Special Jury Prize: Jeanne Martell Ladies Collection – Martell et Cie – 
  • Ultra Prestige Packaging Development 

PLD Sustainable Innovation

  • Awards: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Cocoon – Limited Edition by Fernando Laposse – Maison Perrier-Jouët (MMPJ, Pernod Ricard) 
  • Awards: Hautes de Glaces – Remy Cointreau 

Packaging Redesign

  • Award: Iconic Dom Pérignon Institutional Gift Box – Dom Perignon / Pusterla 1880 

Value Added Packaging

  • Award: Dugas Advent Calendar – The Whiskey / Rum Library – Dugas, distributor of outstanding spirits / MPO 

The 19-strong ADF Innovation Awards jury, which included representatives from the likes of L’Oréal, Unilever International, Procter & Gamble, Henkel and Coty, decided to make six awards and issue six certificates in celebration of the best innovations and launches in the past year in the global market for aerosol and dispensing technology. 

Alain D’Haesse, Jury President of the ADF Innovation Awards, said: “The process was smooth and efficient because we have a great panel of experts who know what they are talking about.

“The trend is sustainability across all categories of products and criteria. It’s clear to see this trend or movement is coming, even if it is not in the mainstream of the market. The direction is clear.

“I’d like to thank all of those who submitted an entry. It’s fantastic to see people challenging themselves and getting something reviewed by their peers. That made for a high standard of competition, and the competition was fierce. So, the winners can be particularly proud of what they achieved and it will hopefully energise development departments.”

Leopold Wernich, Managing Director of Tubex, a producer of aluminium aerosol cans, was delighted to land one award and three certificates for its holistic work in sustainability. “It is great to see the team recognised for its work in creating unique technology that opens up new design possibilities,” he said. “We’re trying to create products that have ecological and economic benefits, and this recognition is further evidence we are now valued as experts, and for that, we should be truly proud and honoured.”

The winners of each of the six categories were as follows: 

ADF Sustainable Innovation

  • Award: Minimalist – TUBEX GmbH 
  • Certificate: Nivea Deo Spray + New Leipzig Aerosol Production Center – Beiersdorf AG, head office 
  • Certificate: CFPA and BPA-NI for steel mounting cups – ArcelorMittal Flat Europe 

Personal Care 

  • Award: PureOra36500 CREAMY TOOTHPASTE – Kao Corporation 
  • Certificate: SAGE® Azalea Flow Control – DTS Europe 
  • Certificate: Refill by Respray Solutions Kft – TUBEX GmbH 
  • Certificate: Nivea pearl & beauty – TUBEX GmbH 

Household 

  • Award: Lysol Air Sanitizer – Reckitt 

Industrial & Technical Application 

  • Award: Monoblock steel can for Förch TF60 – xtracan GmbH 

Concept of the year 

  • Award: Kao Salon Color Wizard – Kao Germany GmbH 
  • Certificate: Rainbow – TUBEX GmbH 

NEW: FEA Aerosol Technology of the Year

  • Award: Rabanne Shimmer Bomb – ENVASES GROUP 
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