The Canmaker magazine’s Can of the Year Award for 2020 has been won by a container that attracted the unanimous praise of all seven judges for its engineering excellence, visual majesty and design brilliance.

With an embossed ‘netting’ effect that was designed to reflect the coastal provenance of the product it contains, the Can of the Year trophy was won by UK-based Crown Packaging’s secondary decorated container for Fishers Gin, which is based at Aldeburgh in Suffolk, a fishing village on the east coast of England.

Generating superlatives such as “stunning”, “imaginative” and “beautiful” from the judges, the tin particularly impressed them with its solid fabrication and the outstanding tactile effect of the embossed relief work.

The tin also won Gold in the Fancy Cans category, which was among the most hotly contested in this year’s awards. Judges agreed that this year’s entries showed that canmakers were placing greater attention to detail and quality in the category.

Corrina Korrubel, who was involved with the tin’s design for Product, Packaging & Graphics at the Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK plant of Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging Europe, was thrilled at seeing the announcement in a presentation on The Canmaker’s web site.

“This is just the best news ever… we are so happy!” said Korrubel. “Winning an award on the day, sorry two awards, has just elated us! We were not expecting it, so the surprise is just the best! Fishers are going to be over the moon!”

More about the Cans of the Year Gold award winners is in the November issue of The Canmaker.

Here is the full list of winners for 2020:

Can of the Year 2020
WINNER: Crown Packaging, UK
Three Piece Speciality Tin for Fishers Gin

Category Winners

Aerosol Cans
Gold: Aryum Aluminium Aerosols, Turkey
200ml aluminium can with 360 degree embossed shaping for Parfumerie Ennour Distribution, UP Life & Up Lady
Silver: Tubex, Germany
150ml impact-extruded aluminium can for Unilever, Rexona Recycled
Bronze: Trivium Packaging, USA
7oz (207ml) impact-extruded aluminium can for Formulated Solutions, Cutter Foaming Hand Sanitiser

Beverage Three-Piece
Gold: Daiwa Can Company, Japan
237ml three-piece welded tinplate can for Nippon Steel Corporation, Kyushu Works black coffee
Silver: Huber Packaging Group, Germany
Five-litre tinplate keg for St Peter’s Brewery, Original Stormtroopers
Bronze: Daiwa Can Company, Japan
237ml three-piece welded tinplate can for Frucor Suntory New Zealand, Boss Iced Latte

Beverage Two-Piece
Gold: Crown Packaging, UK
500ml D&I aluminium can for Efes, Natakhtari
Silver: Canpack, Poland
500ml D&I aluminium can for Kompania Piwowarska, Żubr
Bronze: Caribbean Can Manufacturing Company, USA
375ml D&I aluminium slim can for Florida Caribbean Distillers, Le Rosey wine

Gold: Ball Aerosol Packaging, France
Aluminium Infinity bottle, Grove Collaborative
Silver: Trivium Packaging, USA
250ml impact-extruded aluminium bottle for Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Chateau Ste Michelle
Bronze: Trivium Packaging, USA
10oz (296ml) impact-extruded aluminium bottle for Hand in Hand soap

Decoration & Print Quality
Gold: Meister, Brazil
Two-piece steel shaped tin for Easter Egg Astral
Silver: ORG Technology, China
Three-piece welded tinplate can with three-dimensional effect for milk powder
Bronze: Dongguan GM Metal Packaging, China
Three-piece tinplate can with metallic finish for Haigh’s, Haigh’s chocolate

Ends, Caps & Closures
Gold: Trivium Packaging, Netherlands & Denmark
Tinplate end with easy peel aluminium membrane for Royal Friesland Campina, Friso Infant Nutrition
Silver: N2 Packaging Systems, USA & China
Metal food grade two-piece can with child resistant lid for True North Organics of Utah
Bronze: Shetron, India
Tin-free steel twist off lug cap for Rivana Foods, Gwill

Fancy Cans
Gold: Crown Packaging, UK
Three-piece speciality embossed tin for Fishers Gin bottle
Silver: Hindustan Tin Works, India
Three-piece locking can with gloss finish for DS Group, RG
Joint Bronze: Virojanglor, France
Tin box with sliding lid and personalised effects, Moët & Chandon
Joint Bronze: Meister, Brazil
Two-piece steel shaped tin for Easter Egg Astral

Food Three-Piece
Gold: Colep, Portugal
25-litre three-piece welded tinplate can for vegetable oil for Lesieur
Silver: Brasilata, Brazil
Three-piece welded tinplate can with Ploc Off closure & digital printing for Casa Cafe, premium coffee
Joint Bronze: ORG Technology, China
Three-piece welded tinplate can for olive oil for Jisuoyu, Ji Suo Yu
Joint Bronze: Independent Can Company, USA
Three-piece welded tinplate can with matching snap cover for Jittery Joe’s Coffee Company, Jittery Joe’s Wide Spread Panic, Proving Grounds

General Line
Gold: Brasilata, Brazil
Three-piece welded tinplate can with Ploc Off closure and digital printing with Amazonia theme for O Aço Retorna à Natureza – Lata Promocional Brasilata
Silver: Tinpak, Sri Lanka
Three-piece lock seam rectangular can with slip lid for Ramico International, Abou Husain
Bronze: Bharat Tin Works, India
Three-piece welded tinplate can with special integrated top for pesticide for Excel Crop Care, Celquin

Gold: Toyo Seikan, Japan
Aluminium dry-DWI aTULC beverage can using Compression Bottom Reform
Silver: Pelliconi, Italy
0.15mm tinplate/TFS Flower twist cap
Joint Bronze: Quality Pack, Hungary
D&I aluminium beverage can with high recycled content, Hell Energy
Joint Bronze: Moravia Cans, Czech Republic
D&I aluminium aerosol can with 87 per cent recycled content


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