Sharjah-headquartered Global Food Industries (GFI), a value-added frozen food manufacturing unit of Albatha Holding, one of the largest conglomerates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was a finalist at the recently concluded World Food Innovation Awards (WFIA) 2018 in the United Kingdom. In a highly competitive event during which 220 entries from more than 29 countries were evaluated, GFI edged out major global contenders in the “Best Children’s Product” category to rank among the top five adjudged as excellent by a panel of jurists.
Its 100% natural Chicken Quinoa & Kale Burgers and Super Chicken Quinoa & Kale Nuggets boast 30% more protein, 90% more fiber, 40% less sodium, 40% less carbohydrates and 60% less calories than similar products on the market. They also contain eight times less fat, 12 times less saturated fat and six times more calcium as compared to the other chicken burger patties and nuggets offered to retail consumers in the UAE.
General Manager Jacek Plewa commented: “We are proud to come to the international stage and be recognized for efforts to develop healthier food choices for kids. In the midst of growing unhealthy lifestyles choices in our communities, the launch of our Healthy Farm brand products has helped address the numerous health challenges facing society today.”
The annual WFIA showcases some of the most ambitious new products and developments of the year from a wide range of both small and large international companies. Staged at Hotelympia in London, the fourth edition celebrated innovation and excellence across every product category, seeking out the best in packaging, marketing, technology and sustainability.
This is not the first time that GFI has been recognized by food industry judges and peers. It received three major prizes in February of this year, namely the Best Halal Food and Best Meat or Poultry Innovation awards at Gulfood Dubai 2018, as well as the UAE Innovation Award organized by Dubai Quality Group. GFI was the only food company to win the prestigious UAE Innovation Award.
Global Food Industries was established in 1992 to provide value-added products to discerning consumers in the Arabian Gulf region and beyond. Containing top quality halal raw materials sourced from around the world, GFI brands enjoy a significant presence across all trade channels throughout the GCC region. The company’s near term distribution goal is “to reach 1 million consumers with an innovative healthy range of products.”