Representatives from 20 packaging associations, members of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), met in Jinan, China, the week of October 22nd for the judging of the WorldStar Packaging Awards, the well-recognized global packaging award program. 

There were 319 packaging projects from 35 countries that entered the WorldStar Awards 2019. The number of winners, by category, was: Beverages 45 (out of 74 entries); Electronics 5 (7 entries);  Food 38 (56 entries); Health & Personal Care 11 (32 entries); Household 9 (13 entries); Labeling & Decoration 3 ( 5 entries); Luxury 5 (out of 10), Medical & Pharmaceutical 11 (out of 13 entries); Other 22 (29 entries), Packaging Materials & Components 14 (31 entries); Point of Sale 9 (out of 14) and Transit 18 (out of 35). 

Japan took the highest number of WorldStars – 26; closely followed by Turkey taking 22 and China, 21. All winners will be posted at the week of December 4, 2018. The candidates for the Special Award categories will be announced in January. All winners will be recognized in an Awards Ceremony and Gala Evening on May 15, 2019, in Prague as part of the 1st WPO Board Meeting´s program.

To be eligible to enter WorldStar Awards the packaging must be a winner in a national or multi-national competition that is recognized by WPO.