Packaging Innovation Contest De Gouden Noot 2022


Since its inception in 1958, Packaging Innovation Contest De Gouden Noot (“The Golden Walnut”) has developed into the world's most competitive packaging contest. With De Gouden Noot, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre stimulates 'holistic' innovation in packaged products and packaging. The contest has no subcategories; all entries are judged on their over-all innovativeness.  

The contest owes its name to the unique winner’s trophy containing a solid gold walnut, symbol of sustainable, effective and innovative packaging. Winning brings significant worldwide fame, both ‘online’ and ‘physical’ through leading packaging exhibitions and events, including interpack 2023 and the ALL4PACK Emballage Paris. Participation also gives the company and its employees recognition for all their innovation efforts.

The judging has taken place in two rounds. The jury is independent and its members cover all aspects of packaging. Chairman of the jury is Professor Renee Wever. In the first round of the judgment, on 19 en 20  May 2022, ten finalists were selected from a maximum of forty entries. Non-finalists have received a report containing the jury's findings on their entry. In the second round of judging on the 15th of September 2022, the finalists each had a chance to present their entry to the entire jury. The jury will then decide which entry wins the Gold and which one wins the Silver and Bronze.

Winners and finalists De Gouden Noot 2022
The awards ceremony of the 31st edition of packaging innovation competition De Gouden Noot took place on Thursday, October 6, 2022, and was streamed live from the A'DAM Tower. During this amazing livestream, presented by Francesca Vanthielen, De Gouden Noot was given away with its runners up. The honor for De Gouden Noot 2022 went to Masterpack Group with its 'Modified Atmosphere Technology' (GOLD), followed by PACKSYS GmbH with the Capsule Dispenser (SILVER) and Mibelle Group with the PET bottles from CO2 recycling (BRONZE). You can see the winners and the other finalists here.

De Gouden Noot 2024
The packaging innovation contest De Gouden Noot is organized every 2 years and will return again in 2024!  On May 4, 2023, registration will open for the 32nd edition of packaging innovation contest De Gouden Noot.


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