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Global Food Industries is the only UAE-based company named as finalist at the 4th World Food Innovation Awards in UK

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Award-winning Global Food Industries (GFI), a world-class value-added frozen food manufacturing company and part of Albatha Holding – one of the largest conglomerates in the UAE - has made history anew on the global stage after it became the first and only company across the Middle East to become a finalist at the recently concluded World Food Innovation Awards (WFIA) 2018, the latest edition of the international food industry’s leading and most established awards scheme, in the UK. In a fierce contest that received a total of 220 entries from more than 29 countries, GFI edged out its major global contenders in the ‘Best Children’s Product’ category to land in the top five adjudged as excellent by the judges.

Being named as one of the finalists in the international food setting is proof that GFI stands firmly behind the Healthy Farm brand promise - 'Nothing to hide, the choice is yours' – which is meant to empower consumers into making the right choice. ‘Nothing to hide, the choice is yours’ entails communicating the authentic benefits of the delicious Healthy Farm products in the most transparent and honest way.

The company's 'Chicken Quinoa & Kale Burgers' and ‘Super Chicken Quinoa & Kale Nuggets’ are all 100 per cent natural--being presented with 30 per cent more protein, 90 per cent more fibre, 40 per cent less sodium, 40 per cent less carbohydrates and 60 per cent less calories. The highly innovative products also offer eight times less fat, 12 times less saturated fat and six times more calcium as compared to the other chicken burger patties and nuggets available in the market today.

Jacek Plewa, General Manager, GFI, said: “We are proud to come to the international stage and be recognized for our efforts to develop healthier food choices for kids around the world. In the midst of growing unhealthy lifestyles choices in our communities, GFI has launched the Healthy Farm products to help address the numerous health challenges facing our society today. We are privileged that the international community has duly recognized our efforts as evidenced by this great achievement. We were the only UAE-based company to reach that esteemed level. Rest assured that this will continue to inspire us to further innovate and positively impact the lives of many people.”

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, WFIA’s 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 in the industry. The company received three major awards in February of this year alone, namely the ‘Best Halal Food’ and the ‘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’ despite strong competition from well-known private organizations from all verticals, including education, energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retail, sports, technology, tourism and hospitality, transport, and non-profit.

About Global Food Industries

Global Food Industries (GFI), which is part of the reputable Albatha Holding, was established in 1992 to provide delicious value-added food products to its discerning consumers. Containing the finest halal raw materials from across the world, GFI brands enjoy a significant presence across all trade channels throughout the GCC region. The company guided by its principles of commitment, achievement, teamwork, and entrepreneurship fully adheres to innovation and stringent standards to deliver products that are highly regarded for their unique taste, nutritional value, and convenience.

Global Food Industries recognized for innovation in food manufacturing

Company plans to reach 1 million consumers with its innovative healthy range of products

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Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2018: World-class value-added frozen food manufacturer, Global Food Industries (GFI) was the proud recipient of the UAE Innovation Award. Part of Albatha Holding, one of the largest conglomerates in the UAE, GFI was the only food company to win the prestigious award, despite strong competition from well-known organisations from all verticals of the private sector, including education, energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retail, sports, technology, tourism & hospitality, transport and non-profit. The UAE Innovation Award, organised by the Dubai Quality Group, is a unique award to recognize innovation in private sector companies throughout the UAE.

Speaking at the event, Jacek Plewa, General Manager, Global Food Industries, commented, “We are extremely proud to be the recipient of the UAE Innovation Award. Being recognized for our innovation capabilities is extremely gratifying. We, at Global Food, always strive to provide the most rewarding culinary experience for our consumers. It is through our relentless efforts and the utilisation of innovative processes that we are able to provide products that are a healthy alternative. The UAE Innovation award complemented along with the two major awards at Gulfood is a great start to the year. It will set a positive tone for the rest of the year in terms of meeting and exceeding consumer expectations”.

Held at the Le Meridian, the UAE Innovation awards under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority & Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, are a step in support of the UAE National Innovation Strategy. These awards were created to acknowledge and propagate a culture that promotes innovation in private sector organisations in the UAE. Celebrating the Innovation month, the aim of the award is to raise the level of innovative practices that strengthen the capabilities to create sustainable value for the industry as well as the customers.

Earlier this month, Global Foods Industries bagged two awards during this year's edition of the Gulfood Innovation Awards held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The company's deliciously tasty and healthy 'Chicken Quinoa & Kale Burgers' and ‘Super Chicken Quinoa & Kale Nuggets’ won in the ‘Best Halal Food’ and ‘Best Meat or Poultry Innovation’ categories, besting other local and international brands. The awards were given in recognition of the company’s contributions to the rapidly thriving food industry and its achievement as the first company in the Middle East region to launch a pioneering range of healthy chicken burgers and nuggets, which are being produced and manufactured under the Healthy Farm brand. These awards are proof that GFI stands firmly behind the Healthy Farm brand promise - ‘Nothing to hide, the choice is yours’. GFI plans to reach more than a million consumers with the new brand, within a year’s time. Healthy Farm products would soon be available in all local stores and hypermarkets in the UAE.

On the way forward for Global Food Industries, Plewa commented “At GFI we aim to improve and augment health standards in every market we operate. The award demonstrates our continuous efforts at creating innovative products that address the growing health challenges for our customers. Through intensive research programmes and interaction with our customers, we create products that not only deliver unparalleled nutritional value, but also delicious taste that is unmatched in their respective categories. Our processes undergo auditing frequently so that we are able to ensure our products are congruent with our brand values and we are in a perpetual state of innovation to serve our customers in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East”.

Global Food Industries is the manufacturing arm of Albatha Consumer Group of Albatha Holding, which is one of the leading private business groups in the UAE, consisting of more than 25 autonomous companies in diversified sectors such as automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, FMCG, engineering, electronics, food and real estate.

Global Food Industries trailblazes with latest breakthroughs at GulFood Innovation Awards 2018

Cutting-edge, Innovative 'Chicken Quinoa & Kale Burgers' and ‘Super Chicken Quinoa & Kale Nuggets’ bag ‘Best Meat or Poultry Innovation’ and ‘Best Halal Food’ awards over international and local brands

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Global Food Industries (GFI), a world-class value added frozen food manufacturing company is part of Albatha Holding, one of the largest conglomerates in the UAE. GFI bagged two major awards at this year's edition of the Gulfood Innovation Awards, which was held last (date) at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The company's deliciously tasty and healthy 'Chicken Quinoa & Kale Burgers' and ‘Super Chicken Quinoa & Kale Nuggets’ won in the ‘Best Halal Food’ and ‘Best Meat or Poultry Innovation’ categories, besting other local and international brands. The awards were organized as part of the annual Gulfood show, the largest gathering of food, beverage & hospitality suppliers ever assembled globally, which opened on February 18 and will run until February 22, 2018 at the DWTC.

The awards were given in recognition of the company's contributions to the rapidly thriving food industry and its achievement as the first company in the Middle East region to launch a pioneering range of healthy chicken burgers and nuggets, which are being produced and manufactured under GFI's Healthy Farm brand.  

The company's 'Chicken Quinoa & Kale Burgers' and ‘Super Chicken Quinoa & Kale Nuggets’ are all 100 per cent natural--being presented with 30 per cent more protein, 90 per cent more fibre, 40 per cent less sodium, 40 per cent less carbohydrates and 60 per cent less calories. The highly innovative products also offer eight times less fat, 12 times less saturated fat and six times more calcium as compared to the other chicken burger patties and nuggets available in the market today.  

With no preservatives, monosodium glutamate (MSG), trans fat, sugars, food fillers, food colouring and gluten, they aptly reflect the Healthy Farm’s philosophy, ‘Nothing to hide, the choice is yours.’  

Comprised of boneless halal chicken breast, superfoods red quinoa and kale, and seven other mixed vegetables, these products boast of rich protein and fiber content that fits well into GFI’s ‘Better for you’ suggested food proposition for consumers, which highlights the benefits of healthy eating, without compromising on taste. This new concept looks towards countering continuously increasing obesity rates, cases of diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases--especially among children.  

The recently-launched range immediately made waves in the world of food innovation for its honest and transparent approach to product development of nutritious and deliciuous food options for a region waking up to the urgent need of adhering to a healthy eating lifestyle.  

Jacek Plewa, General Manager of Global Food Industries, said: “It is a very inspiring moment for Global Food Industries to once again be recognized for two major awards at Gulfood. These awards demonstrate our relentless efforts to create innovative products that aim at addressing health chanllenges of our consumers like obesity to diabetes via our Healthy Farm products. This win proves the very strong potential of our unique chicken burgers and nuggets to truly serve the UAE and regional market with highly-nutritious and tasty food products.”  

Plewa commented: “These awards have prompted us to work harder with our research and development initiatives in the food sector and continue to demonstrate our commitment towards promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle to our consumers. The rising health concerns of our society have inspired us to keep introducing new products that will significantly contribute to the country’s efforts in reducing lifestyle diseases. We believe that natural and healthy options, combined with transparent food production and clean labeling, are the way to move these goals forward.”  

GFI envisions its Healthy Farm products reaching more than 1,000,000 people within a year’s time. The Healthy Farm range will soon be available across all hyper-markets and stores in the UAE and the region. The Healthy Farm range also includes ‘Aqua Kale 7 Portions,’ a revolutionary healthy new product that offers all the health benefits of the renowned superfood in the most convenient way. GFI is part of the reputable Albatha Group, a Shariah-compliant organization that comprises of over 25 companies with over 7,000 employees spread across seven industry sectors i.e. automotive, consumer, engineering, home products, real estate, healthcare, household and personal care. Albatha has marked a strong presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through a distribution network that expands from the Indian sub-continent to Europe. Albatha represents over 200 international corporations serving them with their business and branding needs in the most effective and professional manner.

Global Food Industries the first frozen food Companyin UAE to receive HALAL certification from ESMA

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology presented the certification and HALAL trophy to Global Food Industries for its frozen food manufacturing division at Gulfood

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Dubai, UAE, February 8th, 2015: Global Food Industries (GFI), part of the Albatha Group has been awarded HALAL trophy and HALAL certification from Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) during the Gulfood exhibition. Global Food Industries is the first Frozen Food manufacturing company in the UAE that has been awarded such a certification from ESMA. GFI would be the first company to use the UAE ‘Halal Mark’ on their packaging. ESMA was established as the sole standardization body in the UAE under the Law No. 28/2001.

After awarding the HALAL trophy to GFI, HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, chairman of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology, said that, "The launch of the national brand for Halal comes within the UAE system requirements for the control of halal products. The national brand of Halal adopted by the Commission is awarded to products conforming to the requirements of ‘Emirati control system’ of halal products.

Global Food Industries (GFI), established in 1992, is a world-class value-added frozen food manufacturing company based in Sharjah, UAE. The company’s productsunder Al Areesh and Arctic Gold brands encompasses frozen foods mainly portfolio of poultry, meat, seafood and range of vegetables.

Albatha Group’s Managing Director Mr. Ishaque Noor said, “We are delighted to be the first company in the UAE for meeting all the necessary requirements that was needed to be HALAL certified by ESMA. We are an organisation that is purely driven by values. We adopt best industry practices and standards that are ahead of the industry. We source the finest HALAL raw materials from across the world, process them at our state-of-the-art facilities and ship the finished goods across Middle East and African region.GFI caters to the needs of discerning consumers by providing them with delicious value added food products. Today, our brands enjoy a significant presence across all trade channels throughout GCC”.

Global Food Industries General Manager Mr. Jacek Plewa said. “We value our consumer, customers and such quality certifications are necessary in the industry to build customer confidence. Educating the audience about this certification is extremely important so that they can trust the products and are sure of the quality. With our comprehensive expertise, commitment to innovation and adherence to stringent standards, our brands are highly regarded for their unique taste, nutritional value and convenience.We are on a constant endeavor to develop new product categories, expand our geographic presence and further strengthen our role in enhancing the quality of life for our consumers, partners, personnel and the society at large.”


Introduced Zing Range September 2014
Al Areesh introduced the most mouth-watering ZING RANGE, which constitutes Zing Chicken Fillets, Zing Chicken Strips and Zing Chicken Pops. These convenient products are full of incredible crispy and spicy flavors, and can be served anytime conveniently. Now the zing range is available at all stores nearest to the consumers and they can surprise their family with restaurant taste at home.

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