The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is pleased to announce that the 2x of the Australian and New Zealand companies that were shortlisted as finalists for 2020 WorldStar Packaging Special Awards have won their categories globally. The other two ANZ finalists were awarded Silver and Bronze awards which is an incredible feat for the ANZ region.

The Gold winner of the 2020 Packaging that Saves Food Special Award is Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm & Sealed Air for Cryovac Darfresh on Tray vacuum skin technology that has been engineered to address food safety, 25% extension of shelf life over the previously used Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) format, improved on-pack communication. (Australia)

The Gold winner of the 2020 Sustainability Special Award is PACT Group for the New Zealand brand Lewis Road Creamery PCR 100% recycled PET milk bottle range. (New Zealand).

The Silver winner in the 2020 Sustainability Special Award was awarded to Woolworths Australia for replacing plastic trays with pulp based trays nationally into all stores for over 50 of their in-store bakery products. (Australia).

The Bronze winner of the 2020 WPO Presidents Award is Plantic Technologies for the Plantic RV Material that was designed for Moana seafood company to be able to supply fresh fish to the on-line meal delivery company ‘My Food Bag’. This is the first time an ANZ entry has ever won an award in this category.

Winners from across Australia and New Zealand received the highest amount of Special Awards and the third highest amount of WorldStar Packaging Awards in the world this year. This brings the ANZ total awards to 21 for the 2020 WorldStar Packaging Awards. This global recognition is a significant achievement for the Australia and New Zealand packaging industries and for the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) who have led the annual Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards program for industry which are the exclusive feeder program for the WorldStar Packaging Awards for ANZ. The 2021 PIDA Awards program will be open for entries late 2020.

Due to the current pandemic the winners of each Special Award will receive their awards at Interpack in Duesseldorf, Germany on the 26th of February 2021