PPC Folding Carton Competition calls for entries by July 1

The Folding Carton of the Year from last year’s competition was manufactured by PPC member Bert-Co Industries.
The Folding Carton of the Year from last year’s competition was manufactured by PPC member Bert-Co Industries.

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) is once again holding its celebrated North American Paperboard Packaging Competition. Now in its 73rd year, the 2016 competition will recognize the folding carton industry’s most innovative and sustainable designs of the past year. PPC is currently accepting submissions, which will be judged by a panel of packaging experts in July at PPC headquarters in Springfield, MA. The winning cartons will be revealed at PPC’s 2016 Fall Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Deadline for entries is Friday, July 1.

The competition features three submission categories: General, Innovation (for new and unique solutions), and Eco (for cartons that replaced a less sustainable substrate or result in decreased waste). Within each category, judges will evaluate the cartons on a myriad of criteria including graphic and structural design, printing, branding, marketing and shelf differentiation, storage, distribution and warehousing, line efficiencies and sustainability. Each carton may receive a Gold, Silver or Boxmaker Award. The competition’s overall awards include Paperboard Package of the Year, Folding Carton of the Year, Rigid Box of the Year, the Innovation Award, and the Eco Award.

Ben Markens.
Ben Markens.

“For more than 70 years, PPC’s North American Paperboard Packaging Competition has been the premiere showcase for our industry’s best work, as well as emerging design trends and production techniques,” said Ben Markens, PPC President. “Considering all of the unique submissions we’ve already received, the 2016 competition will be no different.”

The 2016 panel of judges is comprised of packaging experts with a wide variety of backgrounds – from technical converting to branding and marketing.

The panel includes: Satkar Gidda (Sales & Marketing Director at brand and packaging design consultancy SiebertHead); Joanne Grennille (Senior Packaging Scientist at Mars Chocolate NA); Sandra A. Krasovec (Packaging Design Professor at FIT); Bill Wynkoop (Adjunct Packaging Professor at RIT); John Lyons III (former Associate Publisher of Package Design Magazine); Lynsie Gibson (Packaging Engineer at Performance Health/Hygenic Corporation); and retired packaging executives Gary Miller and Richard DePaul.

ppc2016competition-inFor more information on the Paperboard Packaging Council’s North American Paperboard Packaging Competition for 2016, please visit www.paperbox.org/cc.

Now in its 87th year, the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging. PPC works to grow, promote and protect the paperboard packaging industry, while providing its members with resources and tools to compete effectively and successfully in today’s challenging marketplace.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.