The three countries most awarded are Japan, with 34 awards for the third year running, followed by China, taking 22, Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) taking 13 collective, and Germany 12. The short-listed candidates for the special categories - President’s Award, Sustainability Award, Marketing Award and Packaging that Saves Food Award - will be announced soon, as well as the winners of WorldStar Student Awards.
PHOTO: The Kari Kari high-barrier standup pouch with window for Japanese premium snacks, converted by Kanodia Technoplast, Ltd. (India), is one example of this year's WorldStar Award winners in the Food Category.
Packages eligible for WorldStar are those that have already received a national award recognized by WPO. In its 52nd year, WorldStar is one of the major events of WPO, and this year attracted 321 entries from 36 countries all over the world.
New for next year's WorldStars is that the 2020 AIMCAL Award winners are eligible to participate in the WPO competition. The entry deadline for AIMCAL Awards is Jan. 11, 2020. Winners will be recognized at the 2020 AIMCAL Executive Leadership Conference in Charlotte, NC, on March 24-25.
More information and entry forms are available at https://www.aimcal.org/aimcal-awards.html
"This year we had a record number of entries; 321. The submissions were again of a significantly high standard, and to note was how well the submissions in general reflected the focus of packaging with sustainability in mind. Also of interest was the number of clever and unique ideas. I particularly was impressed with the number of submissions from countries that have in the past not partaken in any significant way. We received a good variety of entries covering all the categories. We will continue to review the categories thus ensuring due relevance is always maintained," says Pierre Pienaar, WPO president.
"I would also like to thank all the judges who so diligently and with such intentional focus spent hours and hours going through each 321 submissions, to come up with the 214 WorldStar winners for 2019. I look forward to handing over the WorldStar Awards to the respective winners during interpack 2020 in Dusseldorf, Germany, on May 8, 2020."
The complete list of winners of WorldStar Packaging Awards 2020 can be viewed at http://www.worldstar.org/worldstar-winners-2020.