The Packaging Society wins WPO Awards contract

14 Dec 2009
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At a meeting of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) in Sri Lanka, the WPO agreed to award the contract for running the prestigious WorldStar competition for at least the next three years to The Packaging Society, a division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) based in the UK.

The WorldStar Competition is run annually by the WPO to give worldwide recognition to packs that have gained an award in a national or regional packaging competition. WorldStar is the pre-eminent international award in packaging and illustrates the continual advancement of the state of packaging design and technology creating a standard of international packaging excellence from which others may learn.

The Packaging Society has considerable experience of organising this type of competition as for the past fifty years it has run the UK-based Starpack Awards. Rachel Brooks, the Institute's Awards and Starpack Manager, said she was looking forward to the additional challenges that the new contract will bring. “We are pleased that the WPO had the confidence to award the contract to us and are extremely keen to ensure that we make a success of running such a highly acclaimed competition," she said.

Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive of IOM3, underlined Rachel’s comments and added “we were founding members of the WPO and have always worked closely with them. Winning this contract means our relationship with the WPO will be strengthened and we look forward to helping make WorldStar even more successful”.

Judging for the 2009 WorldStar has just been completed and the results can be found at There were over 230 entries from those gaining packaging awards in 35 countries and 129 won WorldStar awards. In addition to these the surprise “Sustainability” and the prestigious “President's” awards will also be announced at an international awards dinner to be held in Beijing at the beginning of June next year.

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