• Woolpack Australia has won 2018 WorldStar awards in three categories for its Woolcool concept.
    Woolpack Australia has won 2018 WorldStar awards in three categories for its Woolcool concept.

Woolpack Australia has scored a WorldStar awards hat-trick for its Woolcool concept, with SPC, Pact Group, CHEP, Sealed Air and Plantic also announced as winners.

The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) has announced the winners in its 2018 Worldstar Awards program, with Australia scoring eight wins in total.

Leading countries were Japan with 26 awards, followed by India taking 24, and China, 14. A record number of 200 WorldStars were awarded this year – an indication, perhaps, of a stronger global focus on packaging innovation.

The WorldStar awards will be presented in Australia on 2 May 2018, at a gala dinner taking place during the AIP National Conference at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, where the region's PIDA awards will also be presented.

The Australian winners, as listed below, were eligible for WorldStar entry because they were winners of the Australia and New Zealand 2017 PIDA awards.

Australian WorldStar 2018 winners.
Australian WorldStar 2018 winners.

Entries are now open for this year's PIDA awards, and winners will be eligible to enter the 2019 WorldStar Awards.

You can view a full list of WorldStar winners by all countries and winners by category here.

The candidates for the special categories – President’s Award, Sustainability Award, Marketing Award, and Packaging that Saves Food Award – will be announced in January.

Food & Drink Business

Freedom Foods Group is rolling out its own A2 milk products under the umbrella of a new Australia's Own Dairy-branded range.

Computer vision could soon be used to grade meat if a project by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Wiley bears fruit.

Drones are just about set to deliver everything from takeaway meals to medication following testing in rural areas.