interpack cooperates with World Packaging Organisation

WorldStar Awards to include Save Food category

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The Save Food Packaging Awards recognize packaging solutions distinguished by their capacity to reduce food loss and wastage

In anticipation of the upcoming edition of the world’s most important trade fair for the packaging sector and related processing industries, which is taking place from 4 to 10 May 2017, interpack is cooperating with the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Within the scope of this cooperation, the WPO has extended its celebrated WorldStar Awards to include the category ‘Save Food Packaging Awards.’ The WorldStar Awards commend best-practice approaches that have already proven themselves at the national level, and the awards will presented at a ceremony during interpack 2017.

“We are giving the WorldStar Awards a platform in keeping with the standing of these celebrated awards. After all, in terms of innovation density and internationality, no other event can rival interpack worldwide,” says Bernd Jablonowski, global portfolio director packaging and processing at Messe Düsseldorf. “We are delighted to be able to support the idea of Save Food with an award. Good packaging can of course go a long way towards reducing food loss and wastage,” stresses Johannes Bergmair, vice president sustainability and food safety at the WPO.

The Save Food Packaging Awards recognize packaging solutions distinguished by their capacity to reduce food loss and wastage – for instance, by prolonging the packaged product’s shelf-life or with intelligent concepts for portioning or protecting the contents of packages once they have been opened. In the adjudication of the submissions, it is also important that the package’s production is resource-efficient and makes use of as little packaging material as necessary.

Overall, associations from more than 15 countries are participating – including ones in Africa and the Middle East – in the staging of the awards. These are choosing national winners in a variety of categories before interpack 2017. Honours will be going to retail and transport packages, among other things. The national winners will then be competing at interpack 2017 for the WorldStar Award in the Save Food category and will be exhibited at the ‘innovationparc’ special show, which will again, following on from 2014, be devoted to the topics associated with Save Food.

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