The Awards Ceremony

Watch the Awards Ceremony on YouTube
Click on the image below to view the full award presentation. The individual categories are also available as separate videos on the Institute's YouTube Channel.

To view on screen or download a printable Gold Pack 2021 Winners brochure, click on the image below.

PHOTO LIST - View / Download / Print
For a list and to view or download a printable copy of any pictures taken at the limited attendance awards ceremony click on the link below.


The Gold Pack Awards programme is designed to showcase the very best of the packaging industry. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the top three winners in each category. However, all entries achieving finalist status as well as the medal winners qualify for entry into the international WPO WorldStar Awards. The Institute of Packaging SA GOLD PACK AWARDS have grown into a competition of considerable importance and prestige. Winning any GOLD PACK medal is held in high esteem by the packaging industry.

The judges comprise a panel of impartial and experienced people with a wide range of packaging knowledge. They look specifically for the excellent application and execution of anything that may involve new, innovative or creative design, marketing or technology applied to packaging produced in Africa. The judges take into account the imported technology, components, constituents etc. and look specifically for the African input in the creation of excellent packaging. The critical qualification for entry is that the packaging must have been converted in Africa. Anyone may enter a pack, however in all cases the converter and the brand owner must co-approve the entry form.

Although innovation is an appealing reason for awarding Gold Pack medals, it is primarily excellence in packaging execution that creates medal winners. The categories are wide and varied and are divided into two broad groups. The first group relates to the product’s market type – from beverages and food to industrial, packaging components and packaging processes and systems. The second group is defined by packaging materials – from metals, glass and paper to rigid and flexible plastics.

Criteria in the two groups are quite different with the substrate categories tending to be focused more on the technical superiority of the packaging’s manufacture and conversion.

Of course, the most coveted award is the Institute of Packaging SA Gold Pack Trophy presented to the best entry overall. The GOLD PACK Awards presentation event is a true celebration for the African Packaging Industry, honouring excellence across a wide range of entries. This prestigious function takes the form of a formal ‘black-tie’ banquet and will be held on Wednesday 24th November 2021 at the Inanda Club Polo Room, Sandton (Covid pandemic permitting).

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The IPSA Gold Pack Awards is the showcase for the South African packaging industry and from its inception in 1973 it has grown into an event of considerable importance and prestige. The competition for medals is fierce, however the awards event is a celebration for everyone involved or interested in packaging.