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Article by Nampak 29 September 2014

The Infini bottle is the cream of the crop

Nampak Plastics, the UK’s leading producer of plastic milk bottles, has triumphed at this year’s Farm Business Cream Awards for Packaging Innovation, with its multi-award-winning Infini bottle. The prestigious dairy industry awards were held last week at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle museum.

Now in its second year, the Cream Awards offer a stage to showcase the leading talent in the dairy industry trade sector. The judging panel was assembled with a list of eight renowned people within the field and each were joined with a guest judge in each sponsored category. Collectively, the judges carry with them a wealth of experience in the industry.

The Infini bottle managed to surpass 30 other applicants in the innovation category, with just three making the shortlist. Through winning the Farm Business Cream Awards, the Infini bottle has been recognised as an innovative and efficient product, which has challenged the norms of the milk bottle industry. It has resulted in the world's lightest 4-pint (2.27 litre, [Status]) 32g bottle, which contains up to 20% less material than a standard bottle, and up to 30% recycled HDPE. 

In addition, based on Infini being the bottle of choice, it could save the UK milk packaging industry 34,000 tonnes of plastic resin per annum, and 16,000 tonnes of carbon.

Other successes have seen Infini claim a number of industry awards, including some on a global scale, with a silver prize for sustainability at the coveted WorldStar Awards and winning Green Product of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards in 2013. Nampak also reaped reward success for packaging innovation earlier this year at the leading packaging awards scheme in the world, DuPont.

Commenting on the win, Eric Collins, Managing Director of Nampak Plastics, said: “Nampak Plastics is delighted to be recognised by the Cream Awards for innovation. The design and engineering team are always working on pushing innovation boundaries and aspiring to enhance even future lighter weights. We continue to focus on forward thinking technological advancements, whilst maintaining our duty to improve responsible packaging.”
Judges from the Innovation judging category commented: “Often overlooked, products such as these are simple innovations that can make a great difference to the world, and yet don’t jump off the page, they just do their job quietly, reducing plastic, creating efficiencies.”
More than 800 million Infini bottles have been sold and it is stocked in retailers including Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons within the UK. Infini will also be manufactured under license for the Australian & New Zealand markets in 2014, and discussions are in progress with licensing partners in the US, European, Asian and African markets for liquid dairy and non-dairy bottle packaging applications.

Nampak’s other dairy packaging products include its Cream Bottle, a light, re-sealable, leak-proof and easy-to-pour rigid plastic bottle – which independent research showed that many consumers preferred to a ‘traditional’ cream container.  

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