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Judging Criteria

AmeriStar judges will score each criteria listed within each section below on a scale of 1-5. 5= strongly agree, 1=strongly disagree.

Category

Criteria

Beverages, Alcoholic

Beverages, Non Alcoholic

Cosmetics

Drug & Pharmaceutical

Electronics

Food, Frozen

Food, Refrigerated

Food, Shelf Stable

Health & Beauty Aids

Household Products

Industrial /Commercial

Medical Device

Promotional / Display

Other

Economics

  • The package addresses a specific economic concern.
  • The package design results in cost savings. Cost savings may be demonstrated by any or all of the following:
    • Distribution Improvements
    • Damage Reduction
    • Packing/Processing Efficiencies
    • Machinability
    • Material Standardization
    • Labor Costs
    • Warehousing/Storage costs
    • Material Costs
  • This design addresses the package’s life cycle, as demonstrated by any/all of the following:
    • Reusability
    • Recyclability
    • Material Reduction
    • Improved Material Strength
    • Density Improvements

Environmental Impact

  • The package successfully addresses current and appropriate environmental concerns.
  • The package design has eliminated, avoided or reduced unnecessary materials.
  • Design consideration includes reusable and/or recyclable materials/systems where available.
  • The package uses recycled materials where possible.
  • The design has considered end-of-life scenarios for the package.
  • The design minimizes the potential negative effects the package and its components will have on the environment.
  • The design has undergone a life cycle review—“cradle to grave.”

Innovation

  • The package demonstrates an application of a “new idea.”
  • The package demonstrates a creative use of existing ideas.
  • The package makes use of new design, material or technique.
  • The design successfully transfers packaging principles from other industries.
  • The package reflects important new marketing strategies.
  • The package reflects new manufacturing advances.

Marketing

  • The structural design contributes to product image or shelf impact.
  • The package design improves or contributes to acceptance of the product.
  • The package’s marketing appeal has been significantly improved by the redesign

Package Performance

  • The package is easily filled, opened, dispensed, reclosed, stored.
  • It can be run on existing packaging machinery.
  • It is easily integrated into the existing distribution system.
  • The package offers significant new benefits in handling, storage and warehousing.

Product Protection

  • The package successfully protects the biological, chemical and/or physical integrity of the product.
  • The original product protection requirements, as specified, are sufficiently addressed by this package design.
  • The testing specified sufficiently addresses the need for protection for this application.
  • The package successfully meets the test requirements expressed (evidence shown).

     

Category

Criteria

Design Excellence - New category! 

Innovation

  • The package demonstrates an application of a “new idea”.
  • The package demonstrates a creative use of existing ideas.
  • The package makes use of new design, material or technique.
  • The design successfully transfers packaging principles from other industries.
  • The package reflects important new marketing strategies.
  • The package reflects new manufacturing advances.

Product Protection

  • The package successfully protects the biological, chemical and/or physical integrity of the product.
  • The original product protection requirements, as specified, are sufficiently addressed by this package design.
  • The testing specified sufficiently addresses the need for protection for this application.
  • The package successfully meets the test requirements expressed (evidence shown)

Package Design

  • The package structure and package design are integrated to coordinate the product’s value
  • The package improves the functionality of the product
  • The package persuades consumers to think about the product/category in a new way
  • The package showcases the product’s design benefit
  • The package improves the findability of the product on shelf (is this enhanced merchandising?)
  • The package motivates consumers to purchase
  • The package improves the user experience (could be in both the supply chain and consumers)
  • The package effectively uses materials to support the circular economy

 

Category

Criteria

Packaging that Saves Food: Agriculture/
Food Service
/Retail (Primary Packaging)

Innovation

  • The package demonstrates an application of a “new idea.”
  • The package demonstrates a creative use of existing ideas.
  • The package makes use of new design, material or technique.
  • The design successfully transfers packaging principles from other industries.
  • The package reflects important new marketing strategies.
  • The package reflects new manufacturing advances.

Product Protection

  • The package successfully protects the biological, chemical and/or physical integrity of the product.
  • The original product protection requirements, as specified, are sufficiently addressed by this package design.
  • The testing specified sufficiently addresses the need for protection for this application.
  • The package successfully meets the test requirements expressed (evidence shown)

Saves Food

  • The package minimizes food loss?
  • The package minimizes food waste?
  • The package extends the product’s shelf life?
  • The package improves the supply chain for food?
  • The package enhances distribution efficiency

 

Category

Criteria

Sustainable Packaging - New category! 

Innovation

  • The package demonstrates an application of a “new idea”.
  • The package demonstrates a creative use of existing ideas.
  • The package makes use of new design, material or technique.
  • The design successfully transfers packaging principles from other industries.
  • The package reflects important new marketing strategies.
  • The package reflects new manufacturing advances.

Product Protection

  • The package successfully protects the biological, chemical and/or physical integrity of the product.
  • The original product protection requirements, as specified, are sufficiently addressed by this package design.
  • The testing specified sufficiently addresses the need for protection for this application.
  • The package successfully meets the test requirements expressed (evidence shown).

Sustainability

  • The package successfully addresses current and appropriate environmental concerns.
  • The package design has eliminated, avoided or reduced unnecessary materials.
  • Design consideration includes reusable and/or recyclable materials/systems where available.
  • The package uses recycled, compostable, or biodegradable materials where possible.
  • The design has considered end-of-life or circular economy scenarios for the package.
  • The design minimizes the potential negative effects the package and its components will have on the environment.
  • The design has undergone a life cycle review—“cradle to grave.”


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