IOP: The Packaging Society (IOM3) has re-launched Starpack – the UK’s most prestigious packaging awards – to include a high level strategic business conference. Starpack Summit 2008 will include a revitalized awards programme focusing on consumers, brands and retailers, and “the significant improvements packaging suppliers and designers bring to consumer convenience environmental performance, marketing, and business strategies”.
“The UK’s packaging supply chain deserves a day which promotes not only the very best in packaging but also concentrates on the importance of the sector in consumers’ daily lives,” says Gordon Stewart, head of IOM3.
The theme of the Starpack Summit will be ‘The Packaging Dilemma – The Consumer Challenge’. It will provide “a strategic insight into consumer led packaging dilemmas and possible solutions through the eyes of major retailers, brand owners, environmental organizations, and consumer groups”.
Gordon Stewart adds: “The challenges facing the packaging supply chain are as great if not greater than they have ever been. Consumers are no longer prepared to pay only lip service to environmental issues; they are demanding real sustainable options from brand owners and retailers, alongside convenience and functionality. It is essential that the industry steps up to the mark to create real solutions.”
The Starpack Industry Awards 2008 have been arranged by end user market categories. Open to all material groups, manufacturing or conversion processes, the awards will be given for outstanding packaging design including surface graphics and print, form and functionality, use of materials and components, and environmental solutions.
Closing date for entries for the awards is January 31, 2008.
The Starpack Summit will be held at IOM3, in London, on May 22, 2008; the Starpack Industry Awards 2008 presentations, gala dinner and cabaret will take place that evening at the Café Royal.
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