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Categories & Judging

Categories

  • Beverages
  • Food
  • Health, beauty, medical & pharmaceutical
  • Household including domestic goods, hardware, appliances and and automotive products
  • Transit, secondary packaging & industrial products
  • Packaging Related including components, materials, machinery, processes, supplies and point-of-sale displays
     
  • Substrates
    In addition awards will be given to best entries across each the major substrates
    (i.e. paper, glass, metal and plastic).

     
  • Save Food
    The judges will be be looking for a packaging solution that significantly reduces food losses or food wastage in the supply chain. Your motivation for the entry should demonstrate how and where in the supply chain the packaging saves a relevant amount of food. You should attempt to quantify this in tonnage and monetary value.* See the background information at the bottom of this page
     
  • Judges Special Mention
    Awards may be given to entries deserving a "special mention"
  • The Afristar Trophy
    The judges will select the one entry that they consider to be the best entry across all categories
     
Judging & Judging Criteria

An expert panel will be selected for their specialist knowledge of packaging and of the packaging industry and markets in Africa. This panel, once selected, will be publicised here and in the media.
Judging will take place in mid July.

The judges will be looking for the excellent application and execution of packaging produced and manufactured in Africa that demonstrates creativity in any or all of the following

Design
Marketing
Technology

The doing so the judges will consider the following criteria:

  • Protection and preservation of contents (in the Food category the issues of SAFE and SAVE FOOD)
  • Ease of handling, filling, closing, opening and reclosing
  • Sales Appeal
  • Graphic Design
  • Quality of Production
  • Cost Reduction, economy of material
  • Environment compatibility and sustainability - (reduce, recycle, re-use, recover)
  • Ingenuity of construction
  • Suitability for local conditions (production, materials, market conditions, etc.)

The finalists will be announced in early August and the winners will be revealed at a presentation ceremony which will take place at a date and place still to be decided. 

*Save Food Award Background Information
A quarter of the food that is currently lost and wasted would already be sufficient to feed the starving world population. About 1.3 billion tons of food is actually thrown away each year, either because it spoils due to incorrect storage or inappropriate transport methods or because it no longer meets the standards of the trade and consumers. Furthermore, a lot of food is left uneaten by consumers because, for example, the quantities purchased by them are too large. Studies have shown that in less developed countries food tends to be lost at pre-harvest, harvest and initial handling phase. With increasing development food waste tends to move up the distribution chain to retail and consumption level. Here food is more likely thrown away when still edible.

The judges will be be looking for a packaging solution that significantly reduces food losses or food wastage in the supply chain. Your motivation for the entry should demonstrate how and where in the supply chain the packaging saves a relevant amount of food. You should attempt to quantify this in tonnage and monetary value.

Issues such as appropriateness, adequacy, convenience, feasibility and sustainability may be relevant to your entry. Examples of packaging solutions that may be considered for this award are: 
 Appropriate packaging 
 Appropriate materials 
 Modern packaging such as active and intelligent packaging 
 Portion sized packaging 
 Re-closable packaging 
 Convenient packaging 
 Hygienic processing and packaging.