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Ten Australian and New Zealand companies have been internationally recognised with 13 awards across seven categories in the prestigious WorldStar Packaging Awards 2021. 

The WorldStar Packaging Awards are run by the World Packaging Organisation. This year, Australia and New Zealand combined received the fourth highest number of awards in the world behind Japan, China and USA. There were 194 winners overall selected from 345 entries.

The ANZ winners are winners from the annual Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards program, presented by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), which is the exclusive feeder program for the two countries into the WorldStar Packaging Awards.

The categories where ANZ designs were recognised include Food, Beverage, Labelling & Decoration, Health & Personal Care, Household, Packaging Materials & Components and Transit. Planet Protector Packaging was the top achivever in the region, recognised across three categories – Food, Packaging Materials & Components and Transit. The WorldStar Special Awards, for which there are a number of ANZ entries, will not be announced until the 2021 virtual WorldStar Awards ceremony in May.

Commenting on the calibre of the entries, WPO president Pierre Pienaar said, “The submissions were, again, of a significantly high standard, and it was notable how well the entries in general reflected the focus of packaging with sustainability in mind. I particularly was impressed with the number of submissions from countries that have in the past not partaken in any significant way."

The 2021 WorldStar Packaging Award winners for Australia and New Zealand are:

WorldStar Packaging Awards Food Category:

  • Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector
  • Disruptive Packaging for Uniqcor for cold chain environments
  • Platypus Print Packaging for the Youfoodz Meal Kit
  • Sealed Air Brand Protective Packaging for the TempGuard kerbside recyclable packaging for pre-packaged, temperature sensitive goods

WorldStar Packaging Awards Beverage Category:

  • Coca-Cola Amatil for 100% recyclable rPET bottles
  • Ecolean for the Bannister Downs Dairy WA chilled pasteurised range
  • Brownes Dairy for Australia’s first renewable gable top milk carton

WorldStar Packaging Awards Labelling & Decoration Category:

  • NCI Packaging & DuluxGroup for the Porter’s Paints superior crafted paint can range

WorldStar Packaging Awards Household Category:

  • Pact Group for New Zealand’s Earthwise brand of PCR 75% rHDPE household cleaning range
  • Birdstone Collective & NCI Packaging for the DuluxGroup Cabot’s Ready Bucket

WorldStar Packaging Awards Packaging Materials & Components Category:

  • Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector

 WorldStar Packaging Awards Health & Personal Care Category:

  • Pact Group for the New Zealand Earthwise Glow Labs brand of PCR 100% rPET bottle range

 WorldStar Packaging Awards Transit Category:

  • Planet Protector Packaging for the Lobster Protector

Applications are now open for the 2021 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design Awards, with a deadline of 5 March 2021.

To download the entry forms and criteria visit http://aipack.com.au/2021-pida-awards/ or email pida@aipack.com.au for further information.

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