The winners of the third Gulfood Awards, the Middle East’s most highly regarded food and beverage accolades, were crowned last night (Sunday) at a spectacular gala dinner held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on the opening day of Gulfood.
Organised by The Dubai World Trade Centre, the awards were judged by an international panel of independent industry experts and attracted more than 120 entries from 30 countries in 20 different categories including: best health education initiative, best new halal food, best environmental sustainability initiative, and best packaging innovation.
Helal Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The exceptional calibre of entries received this year highlights the talent and innovation that is emerging from the region’s food and beverage industry professionals. As the largest and most influential annual trade exhibition in the world, Gulfood has consistently attracted industry leaders from across the globe, and to see this excellence carried through to the Awards only adds to the exhibition’s growing influence.”
Gulfood Award Winners 2012 include:
Best Trade Stand up to 100m²: Bakemart
Best Trade Stand over 100m²: ProChile
Best Food Packaging Innovation: Tilda – for Tilda Steamed Basmati
Best New Health Food or Beverage Ingredient: Eurodelices – for Sunny Bio Agave Syrup
Best Sustainable Catering Innovation Equipment: Granuldisk – for Granule Solo
Best new Halal food award: Midamar Corporation – for Halal Black Pepper Smoked Beef Strips
Best health education initiative award: Al Ghurair Foods – for Integrating and Education Special Needs Programme
Best environmental sustainability initiative award: Octal Petrochemicals for PET Packaging
Best consumer marketing campaign award: Del Monte Foods – I love Del Monte
A new addition this year was the Outstanding Achievement Award, in recognition of a company or personality that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement within the food and beverage industry in the Middle East. This year’s award was presented to Truebell Marketing, a leading importer, distributor and exporter and one of the most respected food organisations in the Gulf region.
Gulfood is the region’s largest and most important industry event of the year and a strategic platform for buyers and sellers to conduct direct business face-to-face. The exhibition is a showcase for manufacturers, distributors and suppliers from around the world, representing all of the key sectors within the food and hospitality trade.