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PPC Calls for Entries to Paperboard Packaging Competition

SPRINGFIELD, MA | Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) members are now invited to submit their best package designs to PPC’s 70th annual North American Paperboard Packaging Competition (NAPPC). Administered and hosted by PPC and judged by a jury of packaging professionals, industry experts, and college professors, the NAPPC is the premier competition for carton manufacturers involved in the concept, design, print, performance, and shelf appeal of paperboard packaging.

To be eligible for the competition, an entry must be converted in a facility that is owned or operated by a PPC member and not outsourced to a third party and produced and sold for the first time between May 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013. The packages must be designed to distribute, market, and protect a product and must consist of at least 50% paperboard visible to the end-user. (Laminated grades made from E-flute, F-flute, and other small flute paperboard qualifies.) In addition, each entry must not have been submitted into a previous NAPPC competition.

The top-scoring rigid box will receive the Rigid Box of the Year Award, the top-scoring folding carton will receive the Folding Carton of the Year Award, and the best entry overall will receive the Paperboard Package of the Year Award. A discretionary Judges’ Award may also be given. All entries are eligible to receive gold, excellence, or boxmaker awards in the three categories of General, Eco, and Innovation, based on point scores. In the Eco and Innovation categories, a special top award will be given to the highest scoring entry in each category.

Winners will be announced at PPC’s Outlook & Strategies Conference, October 23-25, 2013, in Dallas, TX and will receive national recognition in the competition awards program, magazine, and trade publications, and PPC’s website and social media pages. Award certificates, plaques, and trophies are also provided to competition winners.

“This competition provides our members with an important opportunity to be rewarded for their best packaging design work,” said Ben Markens, president of PPC. “The event also creates a forum for all our members to extol the viability of paperboard packaging and all the ingenuity converters use to design innovative packages year after year.”

The early bird entry deadline is May 1 (and offers one free entry) while the regular entry deadline is June 1. Entry forms and competition details are available at www.ppcnet.org/cc. Non-members who would like information on how to join PPC so that they can enter the competition should contact Kim Guarnaccia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (413) 686-9193.

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