Recyclable Packages Win Best of Show in Excellence in Flexography Awards

Colbert Packaging Corp. has been honored in the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) Excellence in Flexography Awards competition. Colbert’s EnviroGuard package for VetGuard Plus was selected as the Excellence in Flexography Best of Show winner in the paperboard class, the company reported in a press release. EnviroGuard is a paperboard package offered as an alternative to plastic clamshells. 

“It is an honor to have been chosen for this highly coveted award from a pool of many qualified entrants,” said Brad Davis, general manager of Colbert Flexographic Packaging, in the press release. “VetGuard Plus was the first commercial application for EnviroGuard, and this Best of Show Award lends credence to EnviroGuard’s viability in the market. It’s also a testament to our advanced flexographic capabilities and to our ability to provide consumer goods manufacturers with secure, sustainable and designer-friendly alternatives to plastic clamshells.”

VetGuard Plus is a flea, tick, and mosquito treatment for dogs that launched in 2012 "in eight fully recyclable versions of EnviroGuard," Colbert reported on its Web site. VetGuard Plus is available in big box retail and club stores nationwide.

VetGuard Plus packages are manufactured on a custom-built CPS CP 585 in Colbert’s Lake Forest, IL, facility. The CP 585 employs nine print stations for printing four-color processes and for coating both sides of web-fed paperboard (up to 23 inches wide) in a single pass. The press prints water-based and ultraviolet inks, and it can also produce metallic and holographic effects, the company reports.

"All VetGuard Plus packages consist of treatment applicators, calendar reminder labels, and a printed and micro-folded insert that contains important product information and meets FDA and EPA regulations for veterinary medications," the company reports. The paper insert was printed and micro-folded by C and H Printing Solutions, a joint venture between Colbert Packaging and Haapanen Brothers.

VetGuard Plus has also won General Gold, Eco Excellence and Innovation Excellence Awards from the Paperboard Packaging Council, and EnviroGuard is a former winner of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Sustainable Technology Award.

Colbert Packaging manufactures folding cartons, rigid paper boxes, and paperboard specialty products. 

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