Parkside and Riverford wins gold at Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards 

Innovative sustainable packaging solutions provider, Parkside, has picked up top honours in the food markets category at the Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards, for its compostable pack project with Riverford Foods. 

The award highlighted the blend of performance and innovation that has become a hallmark of the Parkside business, and particularly that of its Park2Nature sustainable packaging range.  

Leading organic produce supplier, Riverford, currently uses 82% less plastic in its food packaging when compared to mainstream supermarkets and has a precise aim of ensuring all its packaging meets its strong environmental strategy. 

Winning solution Park2Nature is a sustainable, TUV accredited compostable range of flexible packaging laminates made from renewable resources, such as ethically sourced plant fibres. The class leading material structures enable brands, producers, and retailers to lessen their reliance on petrochemicals.  

The range combines greener packaging with robust product protection through the food supply chain, enhanced shelf-life capabilities and meets the strict hygiene standards of modern food manufacturing. 

Paula Birch, director of Global Sales and Innovation at Parkside, said: “Our team is delighted to pick up another award – it’s a true testament to how far compostable flexible packaging has come. Collaborating with Riverford was extremely exciting as it gave us the chance to take our innovation and their sustainability efforts to the next level together.” 

The prestigious Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards celebrate the most remarkable achievements and innovations in the packaging industry. The Awards recognise the people and companies that are driving change through a rapidly changing commercial landscape. 

Birch, also commented: “The Packaging Gateway Excellence Awards programme is highly regarded in the industry, so this is an extremely proud moment for Parkside and our experienced team. It is a privilege to have our hard work showcased on the world’s stage – and what a great way to close 2021!” 

The innovative pack design was created in partnership with Futamura, a renewable and compostable cellulose film provider. Futamura films provide excellent oxygen, aroma, and moisture barriers that extend product shelf life, while maintaining optimum flavour and form part of Parkside’s ever-expanding Park2Nature range of packaging.