Printing Gold Medals Awarded for Innovative and Compostable Packaging

7 May 2019 – Convex’s commitment to producing great looking innovative and environmentally responsible packaging was recognised with three Gold medals at the 2019 Pride In Print Awards on 3 May.

Gold medals were awarded in the innovation in packaging design – new product to market category for packaging Convex produced and printed for Bostock Brothers Organic Free Range Chicken and Omega Plus® Pet Food. The home compostable Bostock Brothers pack also won a Pride In Print gold medal in the Environmental Packaging category.

Convex managing director Owen Embling says receiving printing industry gold medals for innovation and environmental packaging was particularly satisfying; given Convex’s longstanding focus in these areas.

He says, “Innovation has been the backbone of our business since we were established over 40 years’ ago and we have been actively developing compostable packaging for over two decades. Winning these awards is a huge reflection of the innovative companies we are working with who are prepared to push the boundaries of packaging design in their industries. Both Bostock Brothers and Omega Innovations are pioneers in their fields and we are very proud to be have able to partner with them to produce some award-worthy packaging.”

The award-winning Omega Plus® pet food packs were launched in August 2018 by Omega Innovations, a division of the iconic Marlborough Sounds-based company, New Zealand King Salmon. The eye-catching box pouches feature a precision gloss over lacquer that emphasises the fresh ingredients by making a photo of fresh salmon stand out on the pack print.

The double award-winning Bostock packs represent a huge stride forward in functional compostable packaging. Bostock spearheaded the development of the packs by asking Convex to develop a compostable vacuum pack for their organic free range chicken. Because moisture is a catalyst in the natural composting process, the development of moisture-resistant compostable packs was previously considered impossible. Through extensive testing and extrusion innovations, Convex successfully developed a functional compostable pack that works well for meat and other wet products with a shelf life of approximately 10 days. The packs are able to be composted in a home compost bin or worm farm, containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms.

Owen says, “We have built our business on finding ways to do things that were not considered possible, to deliver what our customers want. Receiving recognition from the printing industry for the work we have done for our customers is a great endorsement of the dedication and technical capabilities of our printing and productions teams, and their ongoing striving for excellence.”

The Pride In Print Awards were established in 1993 to promote excellence in New Zealand printing. The annual awards showcase the highest standards in the industry and the printers who have reached what the Pride In Print website describes as the elite Gold Medal status.

Since 2002, Convex has won 17 gold medals at the New Zealand printing industry Pride in Print Awards, and made the supreme award finals 4 times.