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Gulfood Innovation Awards Entry 2021

Gulfood Innovation Awards Entry 2021

Submit your entry for the Gulfood Innovation Awards 

Dear Exhibitor, 

We are pleased to announce that Gulfood Innovation Awards are returning by popular demand to Gulfood 2021.

As a confirmed exhibitor, you are invited to be a part of the Gulfood Innovation Awards 2021

If your company has launched a new innovative solution relevant to the food and beverage industry and one which matches our categories, please upload your entries here for inclusion in the Awards Programme. If selected, you may be a proud winner and your innovation will receive tremendous publicity through the various show marketing channels, with your innovation being showcased at a very special ceremony which will be attended by top industry executives, key buyers and influencers.

Award categories 

The Gulfood Innovation Awards 2021 competing categories are:

  • Most Innovative Beverage         
  • Most Innovative Dairy Product
  • Most Innovative Halal Product
  • Most Innovative Baked Product
  • Most Innovative Organic Product
  • Most Innovative Frozen or Chilled Food
  • Most Innovative Health & Wellness Product
  • Most Innovative Meat or Poultry Product
  • Best Packaging Design Impact
  • Innovation in Food Security
  • Most Impactful Sustainable Product


How to apply

All Gulfood confirmed exhibitors are welcome to apply to the awards free of charge through the Exhibitor Portal.

Login to the Exhibitor Portal

Be sure to select the award category you are entering for in the form. 

Judging Criteria

In addition to relevance to the criteria the prejudging of the nominations will be based on:

  • Innovation / Originality / Advancement in the Segment
  • Efficiency / Cost Reduction
  • Health & Environment
  • Customer Centric

Relevant segments will also be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Aroma - Pleasantness & uniqueness of aroma, character, etc.
  • Taste - Flavor, aftertaste etc., that offers something new to the tongue palate
  • Body - Mouthfeel, Texture, consistency etc. that contributes to a pleasant consuming experience
  • Formula - Excellence in formulation with a particular emphasis on improving nutrition value, use of ingredients, the consumer experience etc
  • Presentation - Look & feel, Packaging including unique technology and design positioning aspects etc. that make the product stand out
  • Overall impression - Complete experience, Wow! Factor etc. that the product offers in totality.

Important information about submitting entries 

Rules of Participation

  • Participation is free.
  • Only Gulfood confirmed exhibitors are entitled to participate for the Awards.
  • Exhibitor can enter multiple categories, however each category would need to be completed on a separate online form.
  • Exhibitor can enter multiple products, however each product/innovation would need to be completed on a separate online form.
  • Entries can be from a brand new product/innovation, re-launch of an established product or launch of an innovative initiative
  • Entries of products launched/re-launched strictly January 2019 onwards.
  • Entries need to be submitted only through the official Exhibitor Portal online. Entries sent via email will not be accepted.
  • Participants are responsible for uploading product information, images and videos themselves. This data will be used to generate an online register of participant and for promotional purpose as per the discretion of the organisers.

For enquiries about the nomination process contact: gulfoodmarketing@dwtc.com

About the judges 

The judging panel consists of a diverse profile of handpicked F&B supply-chain professionals. The list of judges will be available on the Gulfood website soon. Judges will review the submissions individually online, the scores will be collectively delibrated and shortlisted Finalists will be announced on the website on Wednesday, 10 February, 2021.


Award submissions open:                                 Now LIVE 

Deadline for submissions (Extended):             Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 1200hrs (GMT+4)

Shortlist announced on:                                    Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Winners announced:                                          Sunday, 21 February 2021


Marketing & Information 

The Gulfood Innovation Awards logo and related assets will be available for download and can be used by all competing companies in their marketing activities. Winners and finalists will receive media coverage and promotional tools including a Gulfood Innovation Award Winner / Finalist logo to use on their collateral and website for the following year, and maximize the benefits of the globally recognized Gulfood brand.

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