There is now an awards program for private label brand packaging design, and a NZ firm has taken top prize

The Vertex Awards are a new international award program devoted exclusively to packaging design for private brand product ranges. The brands or private labels entered are those owned by large retail groups ranging from supermarkets to pet care chains and hardware stores. This year’s inaugural awards received entries from over 11 different international markets.

Winning ‘Best in Show’ and four gold medals for their designs, Brother Design won with its packaging designs for the Pams private label owned by Foodstuffs NZ. Top prize went to the Pams range of flour, which was judged ‘Best in Show’ and also took out Gold in the Packaged Goods category.

Pams Foodstuffs flour 600w

The winning entry beat designs created for global retail giants including Tesco and Lidl from Europe, America’s Safeway as well as Australia’s Woolworths.

Foodstuffs’ Jocelyn McCallum, national private label manager, said, “To have Pams receive such high praise and international recognition makes us immensely proud and is a further confirmation of the calibre of Brother’s work.”

Brother’s leadership team Jennifer McMillan and Paula Bunny said, “Our brief includes a mandate to create designs that are friendly and down to earth with an element of surprise and delight… Foodstuffs encourage us to ‘break the category’ and achieve a fresh approach to packaging design formulas. I know that helped set us apart at these awards and importantly it achieves return for Foodstuffs, too.”