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 shortlisted 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.
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. 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. 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 the Interpack week in Dusseldorf on 8 May 2020”, states Pierre Pienaar, President of WPO.
All winners will be recognised in an Awards Gala Ceremony on May 8, 2020, in Dusseldorf, Germany, alongside interpack, which takes place 7 – 13 May.
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