Double Success For Huhtamaki At FPA Awards

The much anticipated FPA (Foodservice Packaging Association) awards took place this month in Brighton. An annual affair that brings together the packaging and foodservice industry to celebrate achievements in areas such as innovation, manufacturing, retailing, catering and sustainability.  Judged by industry professionals, winning an FPA award denotes recognition from customers and associates within the industry and is quite rightly a very high accolade indeed.

The announcement that Huhtamaki (UK), working in collaboration with Ace UK (Ace Hygiene Supplies) were joint winners of the Product innovation Award was a fantastic achievement.   The partnership resulted in the creation of two pieces of innovative packaging, designed for Levy UK for supply to restaurants at the O2 Arena. The solutions proposed needed to reflect the status, spectacle and gravitas of a night out at this prestigious venue and to add value to its contemporary and up-market QSR dining experience.

Following on from the first win, Huhtamaki were then absolutely delighted to collect the award for Manufacturer of the Year.

Keith Crossley, Huhtamaki UK General Manager was thrilled with the award wins,

“Huhtamaki was voted winner of Manufacturer of the Year Award by our customers and distributors. To receive this level of recognition from within our industry is outstanding and reflects the dedication and commitment of our teams working across the UK.  This is further enhanced by winning the Product innovation Award with Ace UK where we were briefed to provide a range of stylish and functional packaging for ‘in situ’ and ‘to go’ food options for Levy UK at the O2.  Working collaboratively, we delivered a range with a stylish design, high quality print and unrivalled functionality to provide the O2 customer with a memorable dining experience in their seat, in precise keeping with the venue, the menu and the occasion.”

Huhtamaki were also awarded Runner Up in the Sustainability Award for their recently launched paper cup recycling scheme with Gosport Council.

Keith commented on recent recycling schemes:

 “Over the last 12 months, there have been a record number of paper cup recycling initiatives set in motion, from the Square Mile Challenge in London, the ACE UK agreement, a project at Reading and Leeds festivals and most recently an initiative with Gosport Borough Council and Huhtamaki to pilot a collection and recycling service for used coffee cups for residents and businesses of Gosport. There is undoubtedly still a significant amount of work that we at Huhtamaki and the entire supply chain can do to further improve recycling rates for our products, however, it is pleasing to see that more and more recycling projects are being developed and implemented.”