TREVOR, WI (March 6, 2019) – Vonco Products, LLC, was awarded a Gold Award for Technical Innovation, a Silver Award for Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging and a Silver Award for Packaging Excellence in the 2019 Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) Achievement Awards for the company’s development support and manufacture of the Willow Pump milk bag.
The Willow Pump bag is a 4oz., doughnut-shaped milk bag that supports the new wearable Willow Breast Pump, named one of Time Magazine’s Top 25 Best Innovations of 2017. Made of BPA-free, low-density polyethylene, the food-safe, spill proof Willow Pump Pouch features a one-way valve, sterilizable ink and is fully recyclable. The uniquely shaped Willow Breast Pump milk bag is designed to contour perfectly to the Willow Pump.
“The Willow bag incorporates so many of our unique capabilities – all in a single bag. It’s a custom shaped flexible bag that features an unsupported polyolefin film, a one-way valve insertion with extremely tight tolerances, sterilizable inks, and liquid-tight seals,” said Vonco President Keith Smith. “This bag, along with the Willow Pump, is a game-changer for nursing mothers. It’s especially meaningful to receive recognition for helping our customer implement a technology that’s changing mothers’ lives.”
Willow 2.0 was introduced to the market on February 15, 2018 with the custom Vonco milk bag. “Vonco has a special ability to manufacture unique shaped packaging. The Willow bag fabrication process required a level of dimension control beyond traditional pouching equipment,” said Naomi Kelman, President and CEO of California-based Willow.
Awards will be presented at the 2019 FPA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, on March 6, 2019.
“The FPA Awards put Vonco on the map as a leading medical fluid bag supplier. Out of 450 U.S.-based flexible packaging companies, we’re honored to have been the only one capable of mass-producing what Willow envisioned. To be honored by the FPA for it as well is extremely gratifying for all of us at
Vonco Products, LLC, is the premier manufacturer of custom flexible liquid-tight packaging and component solutions. In business for over 60 years, Vonco has an unparalleled ability to customize liquid tight bags of any desired shape with fitment insertions using both supported and unsupported films in the medical device and fluids, animal health and stand-up pouch markets. Vonco’s new flagship facility in Trevor, WI, features a new 8-color press, a clean manufacturing room and a Customer Design Center where customers can bring “crazy” design ideas, and leave with prototypes the same day.