Winners of this year’s international FINAT Label Competition awards included a Group Award for marketing and end use applications to Labelgraphics (Glasgow), UK, for the labels on bottles of Ernest & Julio Gallo’s Turning Leaf-brand Californian Chardonnay. The judges said the labels “demonstrated exceptional aesthetics, and the high quality of printing – of the lettering and tints, as well as the halftone image – coupled with the intricate die cutting made them outstanding”. Labelgraphics printed them flexo in a single pass in seven colours – including gold foil blocking – plus varnishing on a Gallus EM280 press on Raflatac Multiprint self adhesive paper.

The group award for overall print excellence went to Canadian label printer Tapp Technologies – again for a ‘New World’ wine label. The labels on Oliver Winery’s 2003 Sauvignon Blanc were judged to “demonstrate how much can be achieved today with reel-to-reel offset” – for which they also took the category prize. Printed UV waterless offset in a single pass on a Sanjo PO 2/6 in four colours plus foil blocking using Toka waterless UV inks, the labels were printed on Classic Linen substrate and overvarnished.

The judges gave a special Innovation Award to a German print group Schreiner. Its winning entry was an added value device containing an electric circuit for application to blister packs of pharmaceutical tablets, to control and record when, and how many, pills had been taken by the patient. It was, said the judges, “a fine example of the use of narrow web print technology to produce a ‘different’ label”. They also praised the complicated die cutting and the consistent deposition of the conductive silver ink. Conversion was achieved in five machine passes on an ICI PET substrate in three ‘colours’ using screen process and a SMAG press.


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