SPC snares global packaging award

SPC's ProVital snares 2018 WorldStar Packaging Award for easy-open cup range

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BIG WIN: SPC's ProVital range of packaged fruit has won an international award for its packaging innovation which features a textured grip and decagon shape for easier use by hospital patients.

BIG WIN: SPC's ProVital range of packaged fruit has won an international award for its packaging innovation which features a textured grip and decagon shape for easier use by hospital patients.

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A pureed fruit cup designed to make it easier for hospital patients to open has been internationally recognised.

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AN easy-open cup for pureed fruit has won Australian food producer SPC an international packaging award. 

SPC’s ProVital cup range took out the food category at the 2018 WorldStar Packaging Organisation Awards this month.

The Australian first innovation was recognised for the design of its accessible food packaging solution.

The packaging was developed to address the key issue contributing to rates of poor patient nutrition within hospitals across Australia. 

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Years of research prompted SPC to commission the project which led to the easy-to-open cups.

Design features include a textured and lengthened pull tab for easier grip, clear instructions for opening, a decagon shape for easier grip, and an optimised seal to reduce force.

SPC engaged design and packaging suppliers using guidelines provided by NSW Health and Arthritis Australia.

PRACTICAL: Design features of the SPC ProVital cups include a textured and lengthened pull tab for easier grip, clear instructions for opening, a decagon shape for easier grip, and an optimised seal to reduce force.

PRACTICAL: Design features of the SPC ProVital cups include a textured and lengthened pull tab for easier grip, clear instructions for opening, a decagon shape for easier grip, and an optimised seal to reduce force.

SPC category marketing manager ProVital, Chris Deed, said the issue of packaging accessibility was becoming more and more prominent in society as the population ages. 

“For us, having our range receive the highest possible accessibility rating from Arthritis Australia of +8, with 95 per cent of the population reporting an easy-to-open product is one thing – but to be recognised by the WPO with an award of this stature, is something that makes the journey so worthwhile,” Mr Deed said.

HealthShare NSW Clinical Support Services executive director, Carmen Rechbauer, said it was essential the packaging of food served in hospital was easier for patients to open in order to support their nutrition outcomes.

“Easy open packaging not only contributes to improved nutrition in hospitals, but it also allows our most vulnerable patients to retain their independence and dignity by easily accessing their own food,” Ms Rechbauer said.

SPC’s Mr Deed said his team was particularly proud of the innovation as it represented how industry, supplier and corporate collaboration could result in increased efficiency for customers.

BIG GRINS: The team from SPC accepting the 2018 WorldStar Packaging Award earlier this month.

BIG GRINS: The team from SPC accepting the 2018 WorldStar Packaging Award earlier this month.

SPC ProVital products are currently available through hospitals and aged care facilities, with further plans for expansion.

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