The recyclable packaging solution, developed by A. HATZOPOULOS S.A. for the Greek olives’ producer GAEA, has been awarded with the WorldStar 2022 in the Food Category.

GAEA has partnered with A. HATZOPOULOS S.A. for the launch of its first recyclable, mono-material olives’ snack packs destined for the European market. The conventional packaging film previously-used for the olives packs was completely redesigned, to meet the latest guidelines for packaging design for recycling, based on the X-CYCLE packaging concept. The mono-material, all-PP packs of this new product line have been certified by Interseroh and carry the “Made for Recycling” mark. At the same time, the new resource-efficient film offers an important pack weight reduction, compared to the previous film formulation, while it maintains the same functional and high-protective properties.

We are thrilled that the new recyclable solution we designed for GAEA has gained the highest level of international recognition, positioned among the greatest achievements in packaging innovation worldwide. This Worldstar 2022 rewards our dedication to helping our customers achieve their packaging sustainability targets.

About Worldstar Competition

Since 1970, the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) has been organizing WorldStar awards recognizing the best of the best in packaging innovations from across the globe. The objective of WPO is to increase awareness on the importance of packaging in having a better life and to recognize the innovation and efforts of brand owners, designers, students and branding agencies for creating packaging solutions of the future and in responding to new challenges and global trends such as sustainability, hygiene and more consumer trends.

This year 440 entries from 37 countries participated in the WorldStar competition. The winners per category and per country are listed online here: and they will be recognised in the Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner to be held physically on 4 May 2022, in Milan, during IPACK IMA packaging exhibition! The special awards for Marketing, Sustainability, Packaging that Saves Food and the ultimate President’s Award will be announced also on this special night.


Meet you there!