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2013 Excellence Awards: Simply a Great Piece

Diamond Packaging demonstrated a multitude of capabilities in taking home Best of Show honors in packagePRINTING's 27th annual Excellence Awards competition.

August 2013 By Tom Polischuk
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Excellence it is! The 27th edition of packagePRINTING's Excellence Awards competition lived up to its name. A wide array of entries representing the breadth of the package-printing industry—labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and corrugated—again reflected what is happening throughout the industry as a whole.

Companies are lean and mean, quality is a given, and eye-catching graphic presentation is a must. The 2013 Excellence Awards competition demonstrated these characteristics and much more. The judges—Peter Menzian, DuPont; Jim Flynn, Gallus; Joe Hamway, Mark Andy; and Bob Waddington, Nazdar—noted the overall consistency in the great quality of the workmanship; "Everything is good; some could have been interchangeable," said
Hamway. The judges also noted the steadily improving quality in corrugated printing, singling out this segment as the most improved category versus recent years. All companies that participated in this year's contest are to be commended.

Best of the best

On this annual "judgement day" the fun really begins when the Best of Show selections starts. After all of the category award winners are decided, each of the first place winning entries are "up on the table" vying for selection as best of the best. Many times the judges have favorites in mind based on the good hard look they were given through the first go-around, but the judges also know well that this is where they really need to be tough. As Waddington noted, "For Best of Show, it's got to be perfect; one wrong step and it's out."

With seven entries still in contention, the judges recognized that all of these had "great printing." In the end, Diamond Packaging's 2013 Calendar won Best of Show honors nosing out Ten High, a beautiful flexo (process) printed wine from McDowell Label & Screen Printing.

To get into Best of Show contention, the Diamond Packaging 2013 Calendar had already taken first place in the Specialty Category–Technical Achievement—and special it was. The judges were impressed with the creative graphic presentation and the number of elements incorporated in the calendar. "It was impeccable and hit all the marks," remarked Hamway. "Everything was well put together—embossing, varnish, diecutting, and a great design," added Waddington.


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