Global Food Industries wins big at Gulfood Innovation Awards 2018

The awards were given in recognition of the company’s contributions to the rapidly thriving food industry.
Updated 19 February 2018
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Global Food Industries wins big at Gulfood Innovation Awards 2018

Global Food Industries (GFI) bagged two major awards at this year’s edition of the Gulfood Innovation Awards, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
GFI is a world-class value-added frozen food manufacturing company, part of Albatha Holding, one of the largest conglomerates in the UAE.
The company’s “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 and hospitality suppliers, which opened on Sunday and will run until Thursday at the DWTC.
The awards were given in recognition of the company’s contributions to the rapidly growing 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 percent natural — with 30 percent more protein, 90 percent more fiber, 40 percent less sodium, 40 percent less carbohydrates and 60 percent less calories. The 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 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 challenges 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 added: “These awards have prompted us to work harder with our research and development initiatives in the food sector and continue to demonstrate our commitment toward 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.”


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”