With Pro Carton’s pan-European Awards set to return this September to mark its 27th year, the countdown to enter the European Carton Excellence Award (ECEA) has begun.
There is just one month left to enter the ECEA, hosted by Pro Carton and the European Carton Makers Association, which acknowledges, rewards, and challenges partners across the supply chain to showcase their most innovative cartonboard packaging designs. Interested parties have until 26 May 2023 – with no deadline extension – to submit their award-worthy designs. Entries can be made in four categories:
- General Packaging – Virgin Fibre
- General Packaging – Recycled Fibre
- Food & Drink Packaging – Virgin Fibre
- Food & Drink Packaging – Recycled Fibre
All award submissions will automatically be entered into the Carton of the Year Award, while entrants can also choose to enter the Sustainability and/or Innovation Award. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite pack in the Public Award, while Platinum and Gold Award winners will also be chosen in each category.
Winners are chosen by a prestigious panel of packaging experts representing different stakeholders from the cartonboard value chain. This includes Saatkar Gidda, consultant and chair of the jury; Susanna Lippitsch, leading packaging designer; and Sanjeev Das, Global Packaging Director for Unilever. The panel will assess each entry against rigorous criteria, including graphic and structural design, production techniques, cost-efficiency, ecology, innovation, and convenience.
Winfried Muehling, Pro Carton’s Marketing and Communication Director, commented, “Each year, the standard of entries for the European Carton Excellence Awards is exceptionally high. The awards recognise the beauty of cartonboard – not only in its visual form, which is highly aesthetic – but the functional benefits it offers. It is fast becoming the preferred packaging material for brands looking for a renewable, recyclable, and sustainable alternative. Since the award launched back in 1997, it has grown into the industry’s must-attend ceremony and the perfect place to meet and greet fellow packaging professionals, giving attendees the chance to network and celebrate with the industry. We can’t wait to see this year’s entries and celebrate our next class of winners this September in Seville, Spain.”
Winners will be announced at the official awards gala on Thursday, 21 September 2023 in Seville, Spain, attended by participants from the entire value chain.