Iowa-based Midamar Corporation became the first American company to win the prestigious Gulfood Award when it won The Best New Halal Food title for its new line of Halal Air Chilled Chicken.

Owners Yahya and Jalel Aossey accepted the award at the Gulfood Gala Dinner, held to honor and recognise the best of the best in the international food and beverage industry. The prize-giving ceremony was held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 27th, 2011.

The two directors with their well-deserved award.

“Midamar has been attending Gulfood since it started many years ago,” said Jalel Aossey, director of the Cedar Rapids food processor. “It is an excellent event for meeting, building relationships and doing business with companies from around the world. The awards make it that much better, as they recognize innovation and excellence on a global level.”

“We know our new line of Halal Air Chilled Chicken is delicious, healthy, humane and environmentally sustainable, but it is really nice to be recognized for it by a panel of expert judges from around the world,” he added.

Organised by The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in association with UK-based FoodBev Media, the Gulfood Awards attracted more than 150 entries from 23 countries in 16 different categories, and were judged by an international panel of experts.

The event was inaugurated by Issam Kazim, Director, Dubai World Trade Centre, and hosted by FoodBev Media Group Editorial Director, Bill Bruce and presented by Ishta Nyakooja from Jebel Ali International.

“The region’s food and drink industry has once again delivered a comprehensive range of innovations and initiatives,” commented Bill Bruce. “From new flavours and ingredients to packaging and foodservice developments, the judging panel was impressed by the passion and creativity demonstrated by many of the entries in this year’s awards.

“This is why the food and beverage industry is the fastest moving in the FMCG category, meeting and frequently exceeding the expectations of consumers and taking a leading role in global issues from health to environmental sustainability.”

Adapted from news release