WPO names winners of WorldStar 2022 at ceremony in Milan

After two years of online ceremonies, around 300 packaging professionals from 37countries got together to celebrate the winners of the WorldStar 2022 awards, organised by the World packaging Organisation (WPO).  

The ceremony was part of WPO’s activities in Milan, Italy, during IPACK IMA 2022.

During the ceremony, the winners of the Special Categories – Marketing, Sustainability, Packaging that Saves Food and President’s Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement that recognises practitioners, from all packaging disciplines, who have made a significant national or international contribution in packaging over a prolonged and sustained period were also announced.

The winners of the special categories include:

President Award

GOLD:  Functional Barrier Papers – a complete range of recyclable barrier papers for sustainable packaging solutions (Mondi– Austria) 

SILVER: PACKSYS Capsule Dispenser (PACKSYS GmbH – Germany) 

BRONZE: BeeeerBox (Smurfit Kappa – Czech Republic)

BRONZE: Compostable Anti Rust VCI Film” (Safepack Ltd. – India) 

Marketing Award

GOLD: CoolCAN – web2print solution for personalised can printing, (Colognia press – Czech Republic) 

SILVER:  Greyder V (Tasarist – Turkey)

BRONZE: Asahi Suoer Dry Nama Jokki Can, (Asahi Breweries – Japan)

Packaging that Saves Food Award

GOLD: hvb HiPack (hvb Innova AG – Switzerland) 

SILVER: IceCoat – Mini Fridfe without Electricity (STREIFFGruppe – Sven Holger Streiff and Maik   Bermeitinger – Germany) 

BRONZE: Junee Prime Lamb and Sealed Air for CRYOVAC brand Total Bone Guard (Sealed Air – Australia and New Zealand)

Sustainability Award

GOLD: rPET school milk cup (Pet-Man, Starlinger viscotec, Greiner Packaging, Schulmilchbauern Oberösterreich – Austria) 

SILVER: Woolworths PaperSeal ® Meat Tray, (Woolworths Group – Australia & New Zealand) 


BRONZE: Flexible and sustainable packaging concept for fruit and vegetables (Bama Packaging –   Norway) 


All the 240 winners in the various categories of WorldStar Awards can be seen here.  

The 2022 World Star edition attracted over 440 entries from 37 countries around the globe. The countries most awarded are Germany, with 28 awards, followed by A/NZ taking 27, Japan taking 23, and China taking 15 awards each. 

WPO president Pierre Pienaar said the President’s Award recognszes innovative solutions that, somehow, can contribute to the development of a sustainable world.

“In other words, I have the mission of choosing the best from the best, knowing that this packaging will make the difference in the world and will have a positive impact in one or various important aspects of modern life, as environment protection, sustainability, food safety or save food,” he said.

WPO senior vice-president Luciana Pellegrino said packages eligible for the WorldStars are those that have already received a national award recognised by WPO.

“The submissions for the 2022 edition were high standard and they really reflect the focus of the global packaging industry in innovation. We can see several clever and unique ideas, from a significant number of countries, in all categories,” she mentioned.

The winners of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award in Packaging for 2022 edition are Ms Rachel Bayswater from UK and Mr. Graeme Lang from Australia.

Entries to the WorldStar 2023 Awards will open on 15 June until 15 October.

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