Judging has just finished for the WorldStar Awards 2013, the most important packaging awards competition in the world, organized by WPO (World Packaging Organization). Once more the process identified the best-of-the-best in the world of packaging. 25 judges from all over the world comprised the jury and they came together as part of the World Packaging Organization’s series of meetings in Singapore between November 24 and 27. Judges represented WPO board members, bodies from national, regional and other packaging organizations.

This year the jury convened on two separate days to consider the record number of entries in recent years. Out of the 316 entries from 33 countries, there were 159 winners.  Beverages had 78 entries and 41 took a WorldStar, Electronics 18 with 11 winners, Food 42 winners from 81 entries, Health & Beauty 15 winners from 33 entries, Pharmaceutical & Medical received 24 entries and 11 took a WorldStar and finally the Other category had 35 winners from 69 entries.

The Sustainability shortlisted candidates along with the President’s Award shortlist will be announced in the New Year.  For the first time the World Packaging Organization has introduced a Marketing Award and the shortlist will also be announced next year.

According to WPO president, Thomas Schneider, “Once again the WorldStar judging event brings together packaging leaders from all over the world for a singular purpose: to judge the best of the best packaging designs from every continent. In doing so, the World Packaging Organization highlights the creativity that is alive and quite well within the packaging community.”

WorldStar 2013 winners will be presented with their trophies at the next WPO meeting in Sydney, Australia in May 2013.  This will coincide with AusPack Plus 2013.  At this time, the winners of both the Sustainability and President’s Awards, along with the new Marketing Award, will also be announced. A complete list of the winners can be found atwww.worldstar.organdwww.worldpackaging.org/default.asp.

The next WorldStar judging is due to take place in November 2013 in Barcelona. Details about qualifying competitions to enter can be found at www.worldstar.org. For further information on WorldStar contact Rachel Brooks atRachel.brooks@iom3.org.  rachel.brooks@iom3.org