The dog food package for Nestlé Beneful Prepared Meals was selected the winner in the inaugural Pack Expo Selects™ program by packaging professionals attending last November’s Pack Expo Intl., which is sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org).
The package incorporates barriers for extended shelf stability, withstands the high temperature and pressure of the retort process, and appeals to pet owners. Thermoformed of a proprietary, clear, seven-layer polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol coextrusion, the package has an inner seal to lock out air and other elements to protect nutrients. A full-body, heat-shrink sleeve label includes windows so consumers can view the product inside. A snap-on lid makes it easy for consumers to reseal and refrigerate any leftovers for future use.
The package is used for eight 10-oz varieties that sell for $1.59 each in about 50% of the U.S., primarily in the East, South, and Southwest. Shelf life is one year from the date of production. Once opened, product should be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
A PMMI press release noted that supplier/exhibitors contributing to the Beneful package include … ORICS Industries, Inc. (www.orics.com). Nestlé did not comment on suppliers for proprietary reasons.