The jury of the International Taste Institute, composed of some of the world’s best Taste Experts and Chefs, has awarded 39 products from Middle Eastern companies with the 2021 Superior Taste Award.
Alan Coxon, president of the International Taste Institute jury: “The overall quality of products submitted in 2021 from the Middle East has been exceptionally high. We are delighted to witness that the food & beverages industry in the region is increasingly developing high quality products with keeping a strong focus on taste.”
The awarded companies are:
- Al Ain Food & Beverages P.J.S.C.- UAE
- Al Douri Food Industries LLC- UAE
- Al- Sultan Sweets International-UAE
- Al Jameel International Co. LTD- Saudi Arabia
- Alsuman Tea- Saudi Arabia
- Pal Gardens Agriculture Co- Palestine
- Saharkhiz Saffron Co.- Iran
- Ramadan Abu Lebbeh & Sons Co. L.L.C- Jordan
Globally, 2,218 products received the 2021 Superior Taste Award, a certification granted to products that meet or exceed (tasting score above 70%) the expectations of our chefs and Taste Experts. Awarded products are well made, balanced and delicious. Every year, thousands of products are evaluated, while only very good products are awarded.
About the International Taste Institute
The International Taste Institute, founded in 2005 and based in Brussels, Belgium, evaluates and certifies the taste of foods and drinks from around the world. Its jury is composed of over 200 renowned chefs and taste experts from 15 European culinary and sommelier associations.
Over the years, more than 18,000 products have been certified by the International Taste Institute’s jury, which features prestigious chefs and sommeliers such as Ferran Centelles (head sommelier at El Bulli Foundation), Manuel Jimenez (Best Sommelier of Spain 2017), Alain Nonnet (2 Michelin Stars for 36 years), Gaetano Raguni (winner of Italy Bocuse d’Or 2017), Alan Coxon (British Ambassador for Food/Drink and BBC TV chef presenter), and Cristina Figueira (1 Michelin Star), among many other accomplished Chefs and Sommeliers.
The International Taste Institute performs objective sensory evaluation: its jury follows a rigorous blind- tasting methodology in which product samples are anonymised to avoid any scoring biases. In addition to scoring product performance according to the 5 standard sensory criteria, the jury provides comments as well as suggestions for further product improvement.