The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has announced the opening of the 2020 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition. Administered and hosted by PPC and judged by a jury of packaging professionals, industry experts, and professors, the North American Paperboard Packaging Competition is the premier competition for carton manufacturers involved in the concept, design, print, performance, and shelf appeal of paperboard packaging.

Entries are rated on how well they meet the criteria outlined on the entry form below. The more complete the write-up for each entry, the better the judges will understand your package’s development objectives and impact. Thoroughly answering the entry form questions is vital to receiving the best possible score!

To be eligible to enter the competition, each entry must be submitted by a PPC member and converted in their facility. Unless it is a self-promotional piece, each entry must have been produced and sold by a PPC member for the first time between January 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

The packages must be designed to distribute, market, and protect a product and must consist of at least 50 percent paperboard that is visible to the end user. Laminated grades made with E-flute, F-flute, and other micro-flute corrugated qualify, as does molded fiber. In addition, each entry must not have been submitted into a previous NAPPC competition unless as a self-promotion or pre-commercialization.

Judges consider all designs the original work of the entrant — and all descriptions and explanations provided — as true, accurate, and complete. Since the judges do not rely on external verification to assess the originality of any design or the truth, accuracy, or completeness of any entry, by submitting an entry into the competition, each company warrants that each entry represents the member’s original design; that all information, descriptions, and explanations provided are true and accurate; and that none of the design, information, descriptions, explanations, or any other material provided with the entry violates or infringes upon the intellectual property rights (including any patent, trademark, copyright, or trade secrets), of any other person or entity.

Photos to give the judges a better understanding of the package’s function or shelf presence are encouraged, as are those that show the previous design if the entry is a redesign.

Judges and PPC reserve the right to reclassify entries as necessary.

The identity of participating converters is intended to remain anonymous to the judges, so we request that you cover your logo, including dielines, wherever possible and omit your company name in the write-up. However, we do encourage you to specify the brand of paperboard used, even if it was produced by your own company. Note that self-promotional pieces can include your logo and any other identifiers.

Please fill out a separate entry form for each package you wish to submit. Each entry must be sent digitally as a word document and emailed to eric@paperbox.org.

Payment may be made payable to “Paperboard Packaging Council,” and mailed to 1350 Main Street, Suite 1508, Springfield, MA 01103. For payment via credit card please call (413) 686-9191. After submitting your entry form(s), mail your cartons to PPC headquarters at the address above. Visit paperbox.org for more.