Sep. 3, 2013

Diamond Wins Best of Show in 27th Annual Excellence Awards Competition

Rochester, NY – Diamond Packaging won three awards, including Best of Show, in the 27th annual packagePRINTING Excellence Awards Competition, the industry's only competition recognizing the highest level of printing quality and technical achievement across the full range of packaging segments – tags and labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and corrugated cartons. Winners were chosen from hundreds of entries submitted in over 40 different categories. Entries were judged on print quality, functionality, and secondary converting and finishing attributes.

Diamond won Best of Show and First Place in the Technical Achievement category for its 2013 Carousel Calendar. 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 Joe Hamway of Mark Andy Inc. “Everything was well put together—embossing, varnish, diecutting, and a great design,” added Bob Waddington, Nazdar.

Diamond’s three-month corporate calendar is a long-standing company tradition and popular promotional item given to customers and suppliers. The 2013 carousel-themed calendar illustrates many of Diamond's capabilities, including creative design, Liquid Metal™ brilliant metallic UV specialty coating, UV gloss spot coating, multi-level embossing, and intricate die cutting.

The header depicts the nationally-renowned carousel at historic Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, NY. The carousel was built in the Philadelphia Toboggan Company tradition, featuring hand-carved horses and chariots that have created lasting memories for generations of families.

Multi-level embossing creates a dramatic sense of texture and depth while a decorative die cut pattern conveys the energy and movement of the carousel.

The graphics were enhanced with four color process inks, UV matte coating, UV gloss spot coating (carousel, horses, poles, paisley accents), and Liquid Metal™ silver metallic specialty UV coating.

Diamond also won First Place in the Sustainability category for Procter & Gamble's Gillette Venus Embrace Razor Cartridges carton.

The new Embrace packaging is the latest iteration in Gillette's Venus family of products. The new packaging also embraced the latest sustainable production methods.

The design beautifully complements the Venus brand with smooth, radiant graphics. Soft, rounded corners and oval shapes dominate the structural design, giving the packaging a unique and elegant look, representative of the fluid nature of the products.

The carton was offset printed with specialty spot colors, process inks, and Top Star silver metallic ink, with UV gloss coating and Cast and Cure holographic effects.

Cast and Cure is a key component of Diamond's Green Chic™ packaging model, which delivers “Beauty without Compromise” through the use of more sustainable converting methods. Cast and Cure technology is a cost effective, inline process that produces high-gloss, holographic finishes through the use of UV coatings and specialty film.

About Diamond Packaging

Founded in 1911, Diamond Packaging is a WBENC-certified woman-owned business specializing in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Utilizing state of-the-art technologies, Diamond designs and manufactures paperboard and plastic folding cartons, and provides comprehensive contract packaging services for the personal care (cosmetics, hair care, skin care, fragrance, oral care, and shaving), health care, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and food and confectionery industries. Its client portfolio includes Bausch & Lomb, Beiersdorf, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Godiva Chocolatier, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, and Procter & Gamble. As part of the Global Packaging Alliance® (GPA), Diamond and its alliance members offer packaging solutions to companies operating on an international scale. Customers receive responsive, localized service, award-winning creative designs, identical product specifications and consistent brand recognition, resulting in unparalleled worldwide packaging support. For more information about Diamond Packaging, contact Dennis Bacchetta at (585) 334-8030 x229 or visit the website at For more information about Diamond’s greenbox initiative, visit the sustainability microsite at