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Brickwood has been presented the prestigious Gold Award in the Seasonal & Promotional category for the Footy Water bottle at the 2015 Australian Packaging Design Awards.
The annual Awards are run by the Packaging Council of Australia (PCA) with submissions judged by a panel of industry experts who assess nominations according to design and materials; environment and sustainability; accessibility and consumer interaction, and innovation.
Brickwood worked with The Promotions Factory (TPF) and the Australian Football League (AFL) to design and develop the innovative “Footy Water” bottle. The brief was to develop a PET water bottle that replicates the traditional Sherrin football shape and simultaneously promote water consumption and an active lifestyle. The challenge was that after consumption, the bottle had to be robust enough that it could be kicked around like a football without warping, splitting or breaking.
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Brickwood's licensor for the Infini bottle technology, Nampak Plastics has opened a new plant in Foston, Derbyshire as a result of a venture with Dairy Crest.
Nampak Plastic Managing Director Eric Collin and Dairy Crest Chief Executive Mark Allen unveiled a plaque to celebrate the venture, which will create new jobs at the plant.
The multi-million pound investment has been three years in the making and has enabled all bottling machines to feed directly into the dairy.
The machines have also been converted into two and four pint Nampak Infini Bottles.
The combined Foston site currently employees around 165 people. The new developments will provide extra demand that will see the company increase its workforce by a third.
Site Manager Carl Jones said: "Being an in-plant bottle manufacturer provides a lot of environmental benefits, such as reducing the cost of transporting emplty bottles to dairies for filling..."
Dairy Crest Chief Executive Mark Allen said: "We are pleased that Nampak has completed this project. We aim to have the most efficient dairies in the UK."
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Foodbank is the largest hunger relief ogranisation in Australia. A national organisation, with distribution centres in six states, the NT and eight regional centres, Foodbank distributed 19 million kilos of donated food last year, the equivalent of over 25 million meals. Foodbank helps feed over 70,000 people every day.
Foodbank supports over 2,200 welfare agencies providing soup kitchens, household hamper and emergency food parcels to the homeless and disadvantaged. To source these products, Foodbank actively seeks Partnerships with food manufacturers to collaboratively produce staple food items.
In partnership with Lion, Brickwood has agreed to provide 500,000 2L bottles per annum to facilitate Lion supplying 1,000,000L of fresh milk to foodbank.
Brickwood's participation in the program will help raise awareness and recognition for the dairy industry and help address the issue of hunger in Australia.