The winners of the European Aerosol Federation (FEA) Global Aerosol Awards 2021 have been revealed.
Suppliers, fillers, brand owners, and retailers were encouraged to present the innovative aerosol products they have launched on the market between July 2019 and June 2021. The jury panel chose the winning entries across five categories: Innovative Product, Packaging Element Design, Product Design, Sustainable Development Achievement, and Prototype.
This year’s judging panel included Sasha Nissen, head of sustainability at AISE; Natacha Fellous, B2B and B2C communications specialist and journalist; Bruno Siri, general director of the French Packaging Council; Ava Caridad, editorial director of Spray TM; Dr Manel Torres, director of Fabrican; Nora Schiemann, regional technical manager at IMCD Germany; and Laurence Joly, business development facilitator at IntPact.
Jago Pro’s ‘Crush the Sweat Out’ is a new concept for applying antiperspirants to underarms using mousse, gel, or cream formulations, and was chosen as this year’s winner in the Product Design category.
The products are equipped with a customised actuator that ensures ‘good adhesion’ on the skin and a pleasant application. It also prevents over-application of the product. The packaging is designed to be easily separated for recycling.
Jury comment: “The Crush the Sweat Out family interestingly explores non-conventional formulation types for the antiperspirant category to offer a new user experience.”
Volcke Aerosol Connection’s Caffè Freddo Spray was chosen as the winner of the Innovative Product category. Italian company Solchim, part of Volcke, launched the unique product which offers flavourings and mousses – a completely new concept for experiencing Italian coffee without prior preparation, or the need for mixers or stirrers.
The product offers a new concept to professional bartenders and consumers: ready-to-use sprays, propelled by nitrogen, to enhance and personalise drinks, coffees, dessert toppings and cocktails.
Jury comment: “Volcke Aerosol Connection succeeded in entering the highly competitive drinks market with an interesting and well-designed new concept. It demonstrates the food/drink markets can be further explored by the aerosol industry.”
Packaging Element Design
Lesso ‘spray less’ is a dose applicator designed specifically for compressed and bag-on-valve (BoV) aerosols and was chosen as the winning entry in the Packaging Element Design category. Aerosol Service said the product’s main purpose is to teach the consumer how to use the product consciously (one dose is enough.
Lesso is the first solution that allows product dosing to be packed in BoV technology.
Jury comment: “By pressing with the finger one of its sides, the applicator twists. This design is clever and allows for a new actuator movement. Lesso is versatile and can help reinforce sustainable uses.”
Sustainable Development Achievement
Coster’s proprietary ‘Vortex’ technology scooped the Sustainable Development Achievement Award. The technology optimises the spray performance of insert-less actuators. The idea behind this technology is to offer a sustainable, efficient solution to spray performance that also offers cost advantages.
Key advantages include: the possible use of PCR; cost competitiveness as no assembly is required; fully recyclable because no POM inserts are used; special insert-less spray technology with superior nebulisation performances.
Jury comment: “This innovation provides a new concept for the aerosol industry while following a key trend when designing more sustainable packaging: the development of mono-material packaging components to facilitate their recycling.”
LINDAL Group’s Added Value Gun (AVG) was chosen as this year’s winner of the Prototype award. PU foam applicator guns are well-established products used for a range of industrial and home insulation jobs, such as sealing holes, cracks and crevices quickly and efficiently.
This new polyurethane foam gun, the AVG, is a ‘game-changing’ product. Created and developed by Altachem, a subsidiary of LINDAL, the AVG addresses long-standing foam gun end-user challenges and introduces a range of value-added features and market opportunities.
Jury comment: “LINDAL’s added value gun is a game-changer. It improves performance and sustainability credentials compared to existing PU foam applications. Buildings are one of the largest sources of energy consumption in Europe, responsible for over a third of EU CO2 emissions. So, this innovation addresses a key societal challenge.”
Look out for more information on the winning entries in the November/December edition of World Aerosols magazine.