WPO (World Packaging Organisation) has just announced the 189 winners of the global packaging competition, WorldStar Packaging Awards 2019. The judging session was held in Jinan, China, last October. 

The three countries most awarded are Japan, with 26 awards for the second year running, followed by Turkey, taking 22 and China, 21. The United States received seven awards from PepsiCo (2), Pretium (2), and one each from Plastic Ingenuity, ProAmpac and The Coca-Cola Co. And the United Kingdom received three.

Packages eligible for WorldStar are those that have already received a national award recognized by WPO. “In its 51st year, WorldStar is one of the major events of WPO and this year attracted 319 entries from all over the world. It is also interesting to note that the categories with more entries were the special ones: Sustainabily with 193 entries and Packaging that Saves Food, with 189. As always, our aim for the next competition is to increase the number of entries and countries participating,” said Pierre Pienaar, president of WPO.

The 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.

All winners will be recognized in an Awards Gala Ceremony on May 15, 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic.

The complete list of winners of WorldStar Packaging Awards 2019 can be viewed at http://www.worldstar.org/worldstar-winners-2019.