• WPO president Pierre Pienaar (right) presented the 2021 WorldStar awards with co-host Nerida Kelton, executive director of the AIP and VP Sustainability & Save Food, WPO.
    WPO president Pierre Pienaar (right) presented the 2021 WorldStar awards with co-host Nerida Kelton, executive director of the AIP and VP Sustainability & Save Food, WPO.

As the world opens up and the packaging events calendar takes shape, IPACK-IMA has announced it will host the WorldStar 2022 packaging awards during the show to be held in Milan from 3-6 May.

WorldStar is the global packaging awards program run by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and draws entries from winners of national packaging competitions around the world. For the Australia New Zealand region, winners of the 2021 Packaging Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) are eligible for entry into the WorldStar 2022 competition.

President of the WPO Pierre Pienaar said, “It is important for us to be present in Italy, one of the world's leading countries in the production of packaging technologies and materials. Bringing our awards to IPACK-IMA means highlighting innovation and design in a highly technological hub with strong international appeal.”

Pienaar said the applications WPO is receiving from producers from all over the world, food and non-food, are of the highest level, with unique ideas.

“The goal of the WorldStar Awards is to raise awareness of the importance of packaging and recognise the efforts of brand owners, manufacturers, designers and branding agencies in creating solutions that address new global challenges and trends such as sustainability, hygiene and safety,” Pienaar said.

Among the attendees from Australia will be Nerida Kelton, executive director of the Australian Institute of Packaging, the organiser of the ANZ PIDAs. Kelton said, “It is wonderful news that the WorldStar Packaging Awards will be held as a part of IPACK-IMA 2022 as the first physical awards in three years. The WorldStar Packaging Awards will not only be a celebration of all the fantastic innovations that are being developed around the world but also a chance to finally be able to meet again in person after such a long time. I hope to see a contingent of Australian and New Zealand PIDA winners also attending the WorldStar packaging awards next year.”

President of IPACK-IMA Valerio Soli said the show is delighted to host an event of such importance, confirming the international stature of the trade fair, which specialises in food and non-food processing and packaging.

“IPACK-IMA represents a crucial moment for suppliers of processing and packaging solutions at the service of a market that every day asks for more and more advanced technological solutions: a trade fair supporting a supply chain that needs to get back together and talk to its partners,” Soli said.

IPACK-IMA will also celebrate the winners of the Best Packaging Awards 2022 organised by the Italian Packaging Institute to highlight innovation developed by the Italian industry.

IPACK-IMA 2022 is scheduled to take place at Fiera Milano from 3 to 6 May 2022.


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