Simply the best of in-mold labeling and decorating

  • Award

    The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA; Skokie, IL) announced the winners of its 13th Annual Awards Competition on June 3 at the IMDA Symposium in Franklin, TN. The 2019 IMDA Awards Competition honors the industry’s best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold decorated durable products. The winning entries brimmed with design creativity, engineering ingenuity and innovation. But don't take our word for it—judge for yourself by clicking through this slide show.

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  • 2019 IMDA prize winner

    Best Part Design

    Verstraete In Mold Labels (Maldegem, Belgium), a Multi-Color Co., supplied the labels for brand owner Star Gate Innovations’ Ella Cappuccino.

    The Ella is “convenience in a capsule,” delivering a premium liquid espresso and low-fat milk in an instant: Simply shake and add boiling water or cold water over ice. No machine required. The IML barrier labels prevent oxygen from entering the packaging, thus extending the shelf life and aroma of the cappuccino. The molder is Polyoak Dairy Pack Tubs (Cape Town, South Africa).

  • 2019 IMDA prize winner

    Best Label Design

    Korsini (Collierville, TN) provided the labels for brand owner Kraft Heinz Co. for its Cream of Tomato Pot Soup. The SuperLock pot from injection molder RPC Superfos (Taastrup, Denmark), in combination with Korsini-SAF’s autoclave-resistant oxygen-barrier labels, allows for post-fill sterilization at up to 120°C for 80 minutes.

    The pot and lid are injection molded and the pot comes with in-mold labeling and oxygen-barrier protection. The lid is decorated with a standard in-mold label and the pots are sealed with aluminum foil for long shelf life. The pot is microwaveable, and both pot and lid are 100% recyclable, which is clearly indicated by an on-pack recycling label.

  • 2019 IMDA prize winner

    Best In-Mold Decorated Package

    Polytainers Inc., an injection molder and deep draw thermoformer with plants in Lees Summit, MO, and Simi Valley, CA, produced the innovative Sidekick container for brand owner Blue Diamond Growers’ Almond Breeze almond-milk yogurt alternative.

    The dual-compartment Sidekick container is designed with thin walls, thus reducing the amount of plastic used during the manufacturing process. Both the container and in-mold label (supplied by Verstraete IML) are made of polypropylene, resulting in a 100% recyclable package that the consumer does not need to separate before recycling.

    The Sidekick increases shelf density by 36%.

  • 2019 IMDA prize winner

    Best In-Mold Decorated Durable Part

    Label supplier Taylor Communications (Mankato, MN) partnered with Heritage Manufacturing (Miami Lakes, FL) to extend and diversify Heritage’s pistol product line.

    Taylor’s development of flexographic 3D formable inks and custom five-axis trim cell enable high-quality, custom graphics like woodgrain, metallic, pearlescent and other effects to be applied using the IMD process.

    Widgets Ltd. (Dayton, OH) is the molder.

  • 2019 IMDA prize winner

    Best Technical Achievement

    Brand owner United Caps (Luxembourg), a manufacturer of caps and closures, teamed up with Morphotonix (Lausanne, Switzerland), a nano-imprinting company providing anti-counterfeiting features, to create Holographic Closure technology. Morphotonix's nano-engraved steel cavities with 130,000-DPI custom diffractive holograms were replicated by United Caps within the closures via injection molding. The cavities are seamlessly integrated in the molding process and the closures are produced at standard speeds with no additional consumables.

    The security designs provide immediate verification without scanning, and cannot be removed from the product.



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