Early July marks the event we wait for all year long: the judging of PPC’s North American Paperboard Packaging Competition! Day in and day out, our members work hard designing and manufacturing amazing folding cartons and rigid boxes, and the Carton Competition allows them to put that work on display for peers, customers, prospects, and the industry at large. We reveal the winners each year during our Fall Meeting, but for now it’s time for our esteemed judges to evaluate the entries!
We’ve invited eight experienced packaging professionals to serve on this year’s jury. Among them are university professors, brand owners, retired industry executives, as well as project management and supplier quality assurance professionals. You can get to know them here.
As you can see in the photo, the judges have their work cut out for them. This year we received more than 150 submissions. Among them are folding cartons and rigid boxes manufactured by PPC members for a variety of different markets, including beverage, confection, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical/healthcare. We’ve also received several exciting self-promotional cartons that showcase the depth and breadth the manufacturers’ capabilities.
Over the next three days at PPC’s headquarters, the judges will evaluate all of the boxes, inspecting them visually, touching them, and importantly, reading the write-ups accompany them. Every carton is sure to tell its own special story—how it solved a customer’s problem, how it boosted shelf presence and increased sales, or how it’s structurally unique. To that end, the judges will score each entry based on criteria such as concept and design, converting techniques, distribution, fulfillment, and retail presence.
While most of the entries will be judged in the General category, some have been entered into the competition’s two special categories: Eco and Innovation. The judges will score the Eco entries based on how well they reduced or eliminated the need for less sustainable substrates or decreased overall material usage. Innovation entries will be adjudicated based upon their new, groundbreaking attributes. This could be anything from novel structural elements to unique substrate usage or finishing treatments.
The excitement here is palpable. We are surrounded by our industry’s best work, and soon the best-of-the-best will be revealed. Soon we’ll blog about emerging trends we see from this year’s entries, and the winners will be revealed during our Fall Meeting, Oct. 4-6 in Scottsdale, AZ. Stay tuned!