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April 2016

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312) 781-5185
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Messe Düsseldorf North America
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Chicago, IL 60601

New SAVE FOOD Packaging Awards

In preparation for the upcoming edition of the world’s most important trade fair for the packaging sector and related processing industries, interpack is cooperating with the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Within the scope of this cooperation, the WPO has extended its renowned WorldStar Awards to include the category “SAVE FOOD Packaging Awards”. The WorldStar Awards commend best-practice approaches that have already proven themselves on the national level. These awards will be presented at a ceremony during interpack 2017. interpack will take place from May 4 - 10, 2017 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“We are giving the WorldStar Awards the perfect platform for these famous awards. After all, in terms of innovation range and internationality, no other event can rival interpack worldwide,” stated Bernd Jablonowski, Global Portfolio Director Packaging & 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 waste,” remarked Dr. Johannes Bergmair, Vice President Sustainability & Food Safety at the WPO.

SAVE FOOD Packaging Awards
The SAVE FOOD Packaging Awards recognize packaging solutions who distinguish themselves by their capacity to reduce food loss and waste – 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. It is also important that the package is produced resource-efficient and with as little packaging material as necessary. Overall, associations from more than 15 countries (including Africa and the Middle East) are involved in the award competition and will choose the national winners in a variety of categories in advance of interpack 2017. Among others, awards will be given for retail and transportation packages.

The national winners will then compete at interpack 2017 for the WorldStar Award in the SAVE FOOD category and their innovations will be exhibited at the “innovationparc” special show, which will again be devoted to topics associated with SAVE FOOD.

About the World Packaging Organisation (WPO):

The World Packaging Organisation is a non-profit, non-governmental, international federation of national packaging institutes and associations, regional packaging federations and other interested parties including corporations and trade associations. Founded on September 6, 1968 in Tokyo by visionary leaders from the global packaging community, the primary activities of the organization today are to promote education through meetings, special activities and publications, to sponsor an international packaging design awards program and to facilitate contact and exchange among the various national institutes of packaging. The WPO vision is “Better Quality of Life, Through Better Packaging, For More People”.

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