Label and packaging providers in the flexographic industry were recognised at the 2020 European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) Print Awards, which was held virtually for the first time.

Companies that picked up gold awards this year included DS Smith Packaging, FFP Packaging Solutions, Roberts Mart, Interflex Group, Encore Group, Saica and Coveris. Leading the winners was Smurfit Kappa, taking home a haul of 17 accolades.

Other gold winners on the night included Reflex Mansfield, East Riding Snacks, Emirates Printing, Uniflex CJSC, BOBST UK & Ireland, JFM Plates, The Label Makers and Z Due snc.

FFP Packaging Solutions was the overall winner of the event, winning Best in Show for its Juicy Meat Company Large Beef Easy Cook Pouch; Interflex claimed second place in the category, with Saica Flex Buxton finishing third.

Another big winner on the night was Roberts Mart & Co Ltd, picking up eight accolades including a Gold Award for its work in flexo printing, taking the company’s total to 11 golds in the last five years.

Supplier of the Year, voted for by the print members of EFIA, was handed to Contact Originators, and the company also collected the Repro Company of the Year award. This was a particularly outstanding result having experienced a serious fire at its Bredbury site earlier in 2020.

Following its successful introduction in 2019, the Environmental and Sustainability award was once again up for grabs. This year it was handed to FFP Packaging Solutions for its innovative work in creating its Esterseal pack, a complete PET lidding film and tray solution that produced the first resealable pack in the UK to be classified as fully recyclable by OPRL.