Ten finalists Packaging Innovation Contest De Gouden Noot 2016 attract global attention

01 July 2016

The ten finalists of packaging innovation contest De Gouden Noot 2016 that were announced on 1 July 2016 are attracting global attention as the debate unfolds which of these will become the final Gold winner later this year. De Gouden Noot is arguably the world’s most competitive packaging innovation contest. With De Gouden Noot the NVC stimulates innovation of packaging and packaged products. The unique trophy with a solid golden walnut inside is the symbol of the contest.

The kick-off of this 28th edition took place on 1 October 2015 at the Royal Industrieele Groote Club in Amsterdam and the deadline for entry was 1 May 2016. This provided the global packaging community with sufficient time to decide on participating and thoroughly prepare their entries. On 8 and 9 June 2016 the first judging round took place, with all 36 ultimate entries physically available for the Jury to discuss.
The 20-person jury made their final choice for the ten finalists after this two-day judging procedure.

The finalists are:

Smurfit Kappa Zedek

BOW label
Eshuis BV

Emmi’s All in one Fondu
Ardagh Metal Packaging

FLEXA Creations Color Testers

Fully biobased and
compostable coffee capsules
Bio4Pack and ATI

Huhtamaki Molded Fiber Netherlands B.V.


Ecobulk HX IBC
Schütz Benelux B.V.

SmartMix Pro
Sealed Air - Diversey Care

Packaging for the
Ultimaker 2 Go

All finalists are published on www.degoudennoot.com, and will be ‘physically’ on display at the NVC stand at the interpack (4-10 May 2017).

In November 2016 the second jury round will take place. Each finalist will present their entry to the full jury, explaining why his/her entry should be the ultimate winner compared to the other nine finalists. Who will actually hold the trophy with the solid Gold walnut in his/her hands will be announced on the evening of 24 November 2016 at the Award Ceremony in the UFO-shaped Evoluon in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

This unique event, presented by TV celebrity, actor and applied economist Mrs Francesca Vanthielen will bring together the 160 finest in packaging innovation in a truly unique environment. After the announcement of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, the world’s first live crowdfunding event on packaging will unfold. After receiving €1,100 in NVC currency each, the participants will be challenged to invest in two businesses starting in packaging, who will be presenting their plans and required investment to the audience. It’s up to the audience then to put their money where their mouth might be….

Click here to see the ten finalists on the website.
Click here to register for the Award Ceremony on 24 November 2016 (maximum number of seats is 160).
Click here to meet NVC if you are planning to visit the interpack in 2017

More information

For more information and/or pictures of the 10 finalists please contact Ger Standhardt, g.standhardt@nvc.nl or +31-(0)182-512411.