Reynolds Presto Products: Brilliance in safe packaging

INSIGHT INNOVATION AWARD WINNER: PRODUCT

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 :: Innovation
Sean P. Johnson
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Reynolds Presto Products – Specialty Division designed and patented a child-resistant package closure system to protect small children from accidental contact with dangerous chemicals.

This innovation is the Insight Innovation Award winner in the Product division.

Launched in 2016 on big- name laundry detergent pods, the innovation, trademarked Child-Guard, is a child-resistant package closure system.

“Anyone who has a child or grandchildren understands the importance of this innovation,” said one judge. “It’s a unique solution to a challenge that had plagued the industry” that makes pod-type dishwasher and laundry soap.

Another said, “They’re doing things because it’s the right thing to do.”

Presto Specialty was contacted in late 2012 by a major consumer packaged goods brand and asked to create a package closure design that would meet or exceed child-resistant standards. At the time, no such closure existed that met the company’s standards.

The Presto R&D team designed and patented several closure options.

Prototypes were made and tested on children in controlled, government–defined settings and procedures. Patents were issued in 2016.

In 2015, Reynolds Presto launched the Child-Guard closure in the cannabis industry. The relatively low-volume order gave the company a chance to fine-tune the product and processes.

In the spring of 2016, several laundry detergent pods consumer product lines began manufacturing their flexible packaging with the Child-Guard closure system.

After years in development, today the Child-Guard system can be found on many pod-type products.

Reynolds Presto has increased its production capacity and acquired a new building to support its growth.

The company has an R&D team in Appleton, as well as in New York, with over 250 active patents to its name. Presto Specialty ships products globally — and the majority are manufactured here in the New North.

In 2014, the company received the Dupont Package Innovation Gold Award for Child-Guard.

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