The winners of the Gulfood Awards 2011 were announced last night at a gala dinner held following the show’s first day at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in Dubai.
An international panel of industry experts judged the 150 entries against criteria that emphasised genuine innovation and added value.
FoodBev Media group editorial director Bill Bruce hosted the ceremony, while Ishta Nyakoojo from Bateaux Dubai presented the awards to the winners from each of the 14 categories.
An extra award for innovation was especially created to recognise the achievement of Australian start-up business Flexsil-Lid Pty Ltd, inventor of a silicone lid designed to replace cling-film and foil for use in both trade and retail kitchens.
FoodBev’s Bruce said: “With entries from more than 23 countries across the globe, the quality and breadth of this year’s entrants to the Gulfood Awards makes it clear that not only is it the largest and most important food trade exhibition in the world, but it is also the most international.”
GULFOOD AWARD WINNERS 2010:
Best New Non-Alcoholic Beverage – Vistern Health Sdn BHD, Sparkling Euphoria, Malaysia
Best New Frozen or Chilled Food – St James Smokehouse Ltd, St James Scotch Reserve Scotch Egg, UK
Best New Fast Food Product or Innovation – Lebanese Co for Modern Food Industry, Gardenia Grain d’or Gourmet du President, Lebanon
Best Newcomer Brand or Business – Morlife Pty Ltd, Morlife, Australia
Best New Health Food or Beverage Ingredient – Roquette, VegBoost, France
Best Packaging Innovation – Korozo Ambalaj, Wine & olive oil pouches, Turkey
Best Foodservice Innovation – Henny Penny, Single Well Evolution Elite Open Fryer, USA
Best Environmental Sustainability Initiative – Masafi Co LLC, Go Green, UAE
Best New Functional Food or Drink – Tiffany Foods Ltd, Tiffany Activ Pro, UAE
Best Health Education Initiative – Al Ghurair Foods, School Feeding Campaign – Dubai Cares, UAE
Best New Baked or Confectionery Product – Backaldrin International, Pur pur bread, UAE
Best New Halal Food – Midamar Corporation, Midamar Halal Air Grilled Chicken, USA
Best New Catering Equipment Innovation – Flexil-Lid, Flexsil-Lid, Australia
Best Equipment Innovation, YS Systemfiltration GmbH, Vito oil filter system, Germany
Best Trade Stand up to 100 square metres – Masafi, UAE
Best Trade Stand over 100 square metres – Tetra Pak, Switzerland
Best Innovation – Flexil-Lid, Flexsil-Lid, Australia