Meet the Sponsors: The Leaders in F&B Awards

by Mahak Mannan | Published 1 year ago

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Following the success of the first two editions, The Leaders in F&B Awards, hosted by Hotel & Catering News Middle East, A BNC Publishing title, is back for its third year running. The ceremony will take place at Hilton Dubai, Al Habtoor City on 14 November, where we will recognise the best names in the industry. Here we look at the companies supporting the Leaders in F&B awards this year.



du is a vibrant and multiple award-winning telecommunications service provider serving nine million individual customers with its mobile, fixedline, broadband internet, and, home services over its 4G LTE network. du also caters to over 100,000 UAE businesses with its vast range of ICT and managed services. Since its launch in 2007, more than 6.5 million mobile customers (almost 50% market share), 555,000 fixed line subscribers, 180,000 home services subscribers and over 70,000 businesses have chosen to use du’s services.


Gold Sponsor


Lamia Rochdi, regional communications, Bidfood Middle East on partnering with The Leaders in F&B Awards


Why did you choose to sponsor the event?

Being the leading foodservice partner in the industry, HORECA Trade is always keen to support events in the F&B industry. This is also a great opportunity to meet and honour the industry leaders and to build networks.

What are your company’s plans for the next few months?

HORECA Trade is focusing on customer service by ensuring we meet all our customers’ expectations in terms of demand, quality, and delivery timings. We will also continue to strengthen our market presence by regularly adding top brands to our portfolio.

Brief about the company.

HORECA Trade, a company of the Bidfood Group, takes multiple UAE foodservice channels under its wing, offering an extensive food and beverage portfolio that boosts iconic and internationally recognised brands.

In the food division, Rosedale Ruby is a highly recognised meat brand for its premium and superior taste. Pacific West takes pride in offering the finest quality of seafood. Lamb Weston is the ultimate potato quality brand in potato products and appetisers. Chefmate, HORECA’s private brand, delivers condiments and oils amongst many other products that every chef needs.

Nestle Professionals stands as a brand for savoury solutions. All the sweet treats offered by HORECA Trade come from Sweet Street, as well as MRS Packaging which delivers high quality waffles, and Bridor is a top quality brand when it comes to bread and croissant.

The beverages under HORECA Trade deliver the best qualities worldwide. Water products such as Acqua Panna and S. Pellegrino, finds home in HORECA, as well as Sohat, a Lebanese brand of natural mineral water originating from the Falougha mountains in Lebanon.



Elias Rached, regional director of sales, MKN, Middle East and Africa shared his thoughts on the Leaders in F&B Awards.

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Why did you choose to sponsor the event?

This event meets our vision in terms of supporting the F&B market and the special people in this industry. We look forward to supporting the operators too, knowing that partnering with such an event is great exposure for us.

What are your company’s plans for the next few months?

MKN is concentrating on its multi-million investments in the company’s headquarters in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. The positive business development is reflected internationally particularly at the company’s head offices. In the last few years MKN has invested heavily in the development of its process and production facilities. In 2014 a new production hall was built with a state of the art stainless steel processing centre.

Brief about the company

MKN, or Maschinenfabrik Kurt Neubauer is a German specialist specialising in the development, manufacture, and worldwide sales of professional thermal cooking technologies. MKN looks back on more than 70 years of special expertise which has given rise to a comprehensive product range covering all thermal processes applied in professional kitchens as well as being geared towards user-friendly optimisation of kitchen workflows. In recent years, exportable equipment innovations have resulted in a strong level of internationalisation.




Glee Hospitality Solutions

Abdul Kader Saadi, managing director, Glee Hospitality Solutions comments on their sponsorship for the Leaders in F&B Awards.


Why did you choose to sponsor the event?
We represent a portion of the concepts in the market and have operated many too. We are looking to strengthen our ties with professionals in the industry and it is always good to have your name out in the market for people in the field to be aware of the services we offer. This event aims to reward the hard-working people of this industry and we want to be part of it

What are your company’s plans for the next few months?

We are continuously focusing on delivering new concepts with unique USPs and we are currently working on over 15 live projects. Other areas which we are focusing on now include Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Our Cairo office was established in September with the focus on offering similar services as well as an investment vehicle for parties looking to enter the Egyptian market. By the start of 2019 we will have our first management operational agreement in Riyadh as well as consultancy projects in Khobar and Riyadh.

About the Company

Glee Hospitality Solutions was established in Dubai almost nine years ago. We are a consultancy and management company specialising in the food and beverage business. GHS has developed and implemented over 50 concepts and currently managing nine brands. We manage a team of around 350 employees and offer full turnkey solutions when it comes to developing new food and beverage concepts from idea creations, business plan, brand identity development, interior design, recruitment, site selection, contractor coordination, and sourcing of all operating equipment to kitchen design, food and supplier selection. As part of the post opening services, we take over the entire management and have a team of 15 people focusing on the day to day management of the outlets from accounts and human resource to proving area managers.



Simon Parke-Davis, managing director, rational comments on sponsoring the Leaders in F&B Awards 2018

Why did you choose to sponsor the event?

Rational understands the importance of supporting the regions F&B entrepreneurs and facilitators. This event is a great platform for us to honour and recognise those who make our industry a key part of the region’s growth and future revenues to deliver the ambitions of its patriots.

What are your company’s plans for the next few months?

We are always looking to expand our team to deliver the highest level of customer benefit and ensure this is for the entire lifecycle of the product. We want to ensure each of our products deliver not only fair price for quality, but also expected service and support with respect to spares, technical, and operational training.

Brief about the company.

Rational is a global and technology pioneer in the field of hot food preparation for large scale and commercial kitchens preparing thousands of meals per day. We are a solutions provider who develop our appliances focusing solely on customer benefit. Since 1976, the German company has provided innovative products for professional kitchens setting the global standard for cooking intelligence, production quality, simplicity, and resource efficiency.


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