The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) has announced the return of the Clear Choice Awards, with the winners announced in autumn 2021.

The Clear Choice Awards recognises the contributions that glass makes to the image, success, and recyclability of a variety of packaging products.

The 2021 Clear Choice Awards are open to all North American glass container manufacturers and their customers.

Products introduced between January 2019 and January 2021 may be entered for an award in one of eight categories:

  • Food;
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages;
  • Wine;
  • Spirits;
  • Beer, Cider & Flavoured Alcoholic Beverages;
  • Cosmetics, Fragrances & Pharmaceutical;
  • Sustainability and Innovation.

The decision to include entries from 2019 and 2020 ensures that products produced during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic are able to receive recognition.

Submissions are required by 1st April 1, 2021. Full details can be found here: https://www.gpi.org/2021-clear-choice-awards.

An independent panel of leaders from the food and beverage media and industry, lifestyle editors and contributors, and design and packaging professionals will judge each submission on four criteria:

  • Innovation,
  • Package design,
  • Shelf impact,
  • And how well the package tells the story of the brand or product

“GPI is thrilled to revive the Clear Choice Awards in 2021,” said Scott DeFife, President of GPI.

“After careful consideration of past awards, we decided to fine-tune entry categories to reflect new packaging trends, including an emphasis on sustainability and innovation, two aspects that are vitally important to a responsible glass product.

“Glass bottles and jars are a sustainable and healthy choice that delivers on taste and premium appeal. We look forward to seeing this year’s submissions and to celebrating the beauty of glass packaging.”

Entries for the 2021 Clear Choice Awards are also eligible for the People’s Choice Glass Awards, which will be decided on by the general public via social media. More details will follow later in the year.