• 2021 Gama Innovation Conference & Awards celebrated the best and brightest product development projects of the last year
  • Kiri Greek Style has achieved an 89% product acceptance rate and 5% market share in the UAE within the first three months of launch as of October 2021 

Dubai, UAE : Kiri, the leading Bel Group brand in the Middle East, has received another stamp of approval for impactful innovation in the fast-moving consumers goods (FMCG) space, winning the ‘Best of Middle East’ award at the 2021 Gama Innovation Conference & Awards. The annual event, which showcases the best and brightest new launches of the past year, once again celebrated the biggest brand accomplishments across eight categories. Kiri was honored for outstanding innovation in the regional sector, with an ensemble international panel of judges selecting Kiri Greek Style Cheese as this year’s winner.

Since becoming available on shelves, Kiri’s newest cheese product has become more and more popular, appealing to customers through its “Deliciously Good for You” messaging. 4Sight Research & Analytics found that Kiri has achieved an 89% product acceptance rate, with Nielsen RMS UAE 2021 shedding light on Kiri’s 5% market share in the UAE within the first three months of launch. This is due to the product not only being innovative and delicious, but also rich in protein and answering today’s growing trend around the key nutrition source. Additionally, Kiri Greek Style Cheese has brought a new level of excitement to the cheese market, with many active mums and families choosing the product thanks its taste and richness in protein benefits.

Coline Tatibouet, Middle East Marketing Director, Bel Group, said: “For Bel Group and every brand under our umbrella, innovating and presenting distinctive quality is a long-standing tradition. And with Kiri Greek Style Cheese, the winning combination of nutritional value and an entirely fresh concept has been key to our recognition at this year’s Gama Innovation Conference & Awards. Since Kiri Greek Style Cheese was launched, consumers across the region have welcomed the product, driving its increasing popularity which has, in turn, led to us being honored at the event. Such success that brand’s enjoy has always stemmed from a collaborative culture, and this is why we will continue honoring this tradition now and in the future.”

A testament to Bel Group’s 70-year dedication toward the Middle East consumer, Kiri’s Greek Style Cheese was recognized in a highly competitive field, with Al Kabeer, Al Rawabi, Delektia, Hunter Foods, Kimri, Nature’s Kitchen, and Nestle among the brands shortlisted for 2021. Gama’s global team looked at thousands of recent product launches from over 40 countries before selecting eight finalists. Kiri was then chosen as the winner for 2021, joining previous winners such as PepsiCo, Agthia Group, and Nestle. The ‘Best of Middle East’ award is a great recognition for the R&D, industrial, sales and marketing teams who worked on the project over the last two years and a shining example of how Kiri and Bel Group deliver locally on their corporate “For all For good” mission.

Cesar Pereira, Founder & CEO, Gama, added: “Kiri Greek Style Cheese was a worthy winner of the Gama Innovation Award – Best of Middle East for 2021. Judges were impressed by the distinctive format that ties into ongoing interest in Greek yoghurt as a healthful yet indulgent dairy product”.

The 6th edition of the Gama Innovation Awards presented a series of unique and inspiring presentations and discussions on the theme of FMCG innovation, with the invitation-only event bringing together 200 FMCG thought leaders from around the globe, along with selected partners and retail buyers. 


About Bel Group

Founded in 1865, Bel Group is a family company and major player in healthy fruit and dairy single-serving portion snacking. Its international development draws on a portfolio of positive brands, which attract consumers in more than 120 countries through an ambitious and sustainable growth strategy. Guided by its corporate mission, Bel Group aims to promote healthier, responsible, and accessible food for all consumers worldwide by offering them a range of healthy snacks and meal solutions that enable everyone to enjoy the goodness of dairy and fruit products and lead healthier lifestyles. The group has 32 factories located in numerous countries and has been operating in the Middle East for over 70 years, positively impacting people of all religions, traditions, and customs as part of its 'For All For Good' ethos. 

About Kiri

Kiri is the leading Bel Group brand in the Middle East and one the best-selling cheese manufacturers regionally and internationally. Inspired by its Kindness philosophy, Kiri has created wonderful moments for family everyday gatherings in the Middle East for almost 50 years. Since 1972, the brand has provided naturally indulgent products and delicious recipes that meet every taste and wellness requirement. Did you know that 1 billion Kiri square portions are consumed every year across the region? If 1 billion Kiri square portions were placed next to each other, they would cover almost 40,000km – the same size as planet Earth’s perimeter! With its creaminess, superior taste and unctuous texture, Kiri makes every day even more indulgent. And by delighting the customers and families the brand kindly serves, Kiri continues consolidating its status as a regional love brand and leader in cream cheese.

About Gama

Gama is a global provider of business information and services specializing in innovation and international trade. Through our worldwide network of over 100 specialists in 46 countries, we offer high-quality news, research, analysis and partnering services, delivering compelling insights and supporting you to unlock new business opportunities. www.gamaconsumer.com 

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