Tap Recognized For Printing Excellence

by Megan Arnold January 28, 2020

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland-based packaging manufacturer Tap Packaging + Design is already off to a running start in 2020, having been awarded four Print Excellence Awards from Graphic Media Alliance (GMA) and two Excellence Awards from the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC).

The Print Excellence Awards Competition, a yearly competition held by Graphic Media Alliance, recognizes Ohio, Michigan, and northern Kentucky printers who have demonstrated excellence across 35 different categories. This year’s competition was judged by Ken Eberhart of Merrick Printing and Jeff Ekstein of Willow Printing Group. Together, they presented Tap Packaging + Design with four different awards from four distinct categories:

  • Silver in Digital Printing for the Wasa Superfood Crackers Folding Carton 
  • Silver in Specialty Finishing for the Galactic Fruit Gushers Folding Carton
  • Silver in Packaging for the Petlandia Rigid Box
  • Silver in Environmentally Sound Materials for the Sesame Flatbread Crackers Folding Carton

Tap has also been awarded with two Excellence Awards from the North American Paperboard Packaging Competition held by the Paperboard Packaging Council.

The first Excellence Award was presented for the Cleveland Crate Promotion Box, a digitally executed promotional package designed to showcase innovation in both digital print using an HP Indigo 30000 digital printing press and digital finishing using a Scodix digital enhancement press. Designed for the Retail Confectioners International (RCI) Tradeshow, it depicts some of the memorable buildings and landmarks around Cleveland and served as the perfect way to present those RCI members touring the Tap facility with a collection of Cleveland-based goodies.

Also winning an Excellence Award was the Autumn’s Gold Grain Free Granola Bar Box. This box was designed with natural, uncoated kraft paper and was printed using the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press. The kraft paper allowed the packaging to perfectly match the natural and simple ingredients of the granola bar while the digital press made it possible to match an already existing product pouch that featured a bright light blue color, which is difficult to match on a conventional press without UV ink and on a brown Kraft substrate. The end result was an attention-grabbing box that has quickly gained consumer popularity.

Megan Arnold
Megan Arnold