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Diamond Packaging Wins Four Awards in 2022 Paperboard Packaging Competition

December 6, 2022

Awards showcase Diamond’s decorative capabilities, including printing, cold foiling, and multi-level embossing.


Diamond Packaging today announced that it won four awards in the 2022 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition, the premier competition for carton manufacturers involved in the concept, design, print, performance, and shelf appeal of paperboard packaging. Awards were presented last month during the 2022 Fall Meeting & Leadership Conference in Austin, TX.


The competition, sponsored by the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) and judged by a jury of packaging professionals, industry experts, and professors, is a celebration of the industry and its creative potential. It is also an affirmation of paperboard as the more sustainable choice for packaging in today’s eco-conscious world.


“On behalf of the Paperboard Packaging Council, I congratulate all of this year’s deserving winners,” said Ben Markens, President of PPC. “To be recognized in our competition is a feat, demonstrating mastery in design, manufacturing, distribution, shelf presence, and much more. It is a true stamp of excellence.”


Diamond won an Excellence Award: Sustainability in the Cosmetics category for Caldera + Lab’s The Clean Slate packaging.


The folding cartons were converted utilizing FSC-certified Neenah 100 PC White Vellum paperboard – made with 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) fiber – and offset printed with process black and PMS inks, in-line with UV matte coating. The inside was printed with custom black and PMS inks, in-line with UV matte coating.


The graphic design incorporates clean, simple graphics and a color palette reminiscent of the natural tones in the American West. Vertical columns of alternating, italicized text span the panels and create visual interest.


An embossed logo block on the front panel adds depth and dimension along with an appealing tactile quality that promotes consumer interaction.


Diamond won an Excellence Award in the Cosmetics category for Inter Parfums' Oscar de la Renta Alibi packaging.


The folding cartons were converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce SBS paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with custom gold and process black inks, in-line with UV gloss coating, and aqueous matte coating. Overprinting transparent gold ink over foil creates shimmering metallic effects.


The graphic design incorporates an overall embossed leather pattern with exquisite stitching detail inspired by the fashion brand’s Alibi handbag with its signature lock clasp. The debossed Oscar de la Renta logo framed by an embossed white block on the front panel adds dimension and contributes to a unique visual and tactile presentation.


The combination of colors and textures beautifully complement the design of the primary container – a thick-walled flacon with clean structural lines highlighting the fragrance within, topped with a gold-colored cap.


Diamond won an Excellence Award: Sustainability in the Pharmaceutical/Healthcare category for P&G’s Crest 3D Whitestrips Radiant Express packaging.


The trapezoid-shaped folding cartons were converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce SBS paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with four color process, opaque white, and three PMS inks, in-line with DiamondTouch soft touch coating.


The packaging size and caliper was reduced for sustainability reasons, thus reducing the amount of paperboard fiber tonnage required.


Overprinting transparent inks over silver cold foil on the front and top panels creates shimmering, colorful metallic effects that catch the eye and invite closer inspection.


Embossed accents add dimension and provide an upscale appearance unique to personal care products.


Diamond won an Excellence Award in the Self-Promotional category for its 2022 corporate calendar.


Diamond's 2022 calendar celebrates the company's sustainability and conservation efforts through its partnership with the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY. Diamond has a long-standing relationship with the zoo and proudly supports the organization through donations, participation in their Environmental Innovation Awards, and annual Earth Day events.


The header features Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Laura Wilder’s “Animals of the Savanna” print commissioned by the Seneca Park Zoo. It commemorates the Animals of the Savanna Exhibit expansion, which features Masai giraffes, zebras, ostriches, a southern white rhino, and over a dozen other species.


The calendars were converted utilizing Clearwater ReMagine 30% PCW paperboard, cold foiled, and offset printed with four color process inks, in-line with UV matte, aqueous, and soft touch coatings.


Tightly-registered coatings were used to enhance the design and highlight the individual calendar components, including UV matte coating on the trees, grass, and animals, and aqueous coating on the sky and backgrounds. Soft touch coating adds a tactile effect to the giraffe and zebra. Cold foil was used on the Diamond text.


Multi-level embossing lends distinction and depth to the design. Many of the header components were embossed, including the iron gates, trees, animals, and text. Subtle debossing frames the entire calendar. Select backers components (including the lion, rhino, elephants, and Seneca Park Zoo text) were also embossed to add more depth and realism.


The calendar pages were converted utilizing Domtar Cougar Natural Smooth 80# Text paper and offset printed with four color process inks and UV matte coating. The watermarks continue the image printed on each of the three panels underneath. The unique finish and subtle colors beautifully complement the design concept.


The recyclable shipper was converted utilizing Clearwater Candesce SBS paperboard laminated to E-flute corrugated fiberboard, and offset printed with four color process inks, in-line with and aqueous gloss coating. It is artfully decorated with the custom giraffe pattern from Laura Wilder's “Animals of the Savanna” print.


All of Diamond’s entries were designed utilizing recycled and recyclable paperboards and manufactured using 100% clean, renewable wind energy, in a Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) and Carbon Neutral (Scope 1 and Scope 2) facility.


About Diamond Packaging:

Founded in 1911, Diamond Packaging is a WBENC-certified, industry leader specializing in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Utilizing state of-the-art technologies, Diamond designs and manufactures folding cartons for the personal care (cosmetics, hair care, skin care, fragrance, oral care, and shaving), health care, pharmaceutical, cannabis, and consumer electronics industries. Its client portfolio includes Bausch + Lomb, Charlotte’s Web, Kendo, L’Oréal, Otter Products, Procter & Gamble, Revlon, Shiseido, and many other leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. Diamond differentiates itself through award-winning creative design, packaging innovation/technical expertise, and its greenbox sustainability initiative. For more information visit, or follow Diamond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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