15th Annual Excellence Awards
McCoy Packaging's "Kuleto Villa" wine label poured on enough printing charm to ace two categories and capture Best of Show honors in packagePRINTING's 15th annual Excellence Awards.
by Susan Friedman, Editor
If McCoy Packaging's Best of Show-winning strategy was to forge an indelible impression in the judge's minds, it succeeded, hands down.
McCoy's "Kuleto Villa" wine label repeatedly stood up to its competitors in packagePRINTING's 2001 Excellence Awards, initially nabbing first place in the Labels—Flexo (Process) category, where judges singled it out as a difficult printing, diecutting, and embossing job well executed. "[This label] holds beautiful register at 175 line screen," commented judge Roy Webb, national sales manager for Mark Andy.
The "Kuleto Villa" label again reigned supreme in the Labels—Combination Process category, where Webb noted its combination of multiple printing processes, hot foil stamping, and intricate diecutting "fit this category to a tee."
McCoy's printing prowess was memorable enough to edge out Ivy Hill Corp.'s "Complete National Geographic," an entry similar in appearance and quality to the "National Geographic CD Set" carton that captured Best of Show for Ivy Hill in last year's competition. For the second year in a row, Ivy Hill netted multiple awards, in the Labels—Carton and Innovative Use of Stamping/Embossing categories.
Bert-Co Graphics, too, turned in another strong performance, dominating the crowded Folding Carton—Offset category with First, Second, and Honorable Mention placements. Bert-Co's "Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection" carton's superior combination of quality printing and embossing garnered the top spot.
The entry that came closest to stealing "Kuleto Villa"'s Best of Show thunder was Inland Paperboard & Packaging's "Yuengling & Son Inc. Variety Pack," the First Place winner in the Corrugated (Preprint)—Flexo (Process) category.
"The quality of print on this 98˝-wide job is remarkable," said judge Mark Mazur, digital prepress consultant at DuPont. "The highlight dots have tremendous tonal range," he added.