GFI and IBFI officially named one of the top 30 workplaces for Millennials in the GCC

Being the torchbearers of a high-performance culture, GFI and IBFI are the first Food and Beverage companies in Sharjah, UAE to be featured in the list

GFI and IBFI officially named one of the top 30 workplaces for Millennials in the GCC
  • Recognized as ‘Employer of Choice’ for the second time this year, GFI and IBFI rank 22nd and 20th respectively on the 2021 Best Workplaces for Millennials list by Great Place to Work® in the GCC
  • Fostering a favorable and positive work environment for multigenerational teams, GFI and IBFI are also a part of ‘Top 45 Best Workplaces in the UAE 2021’.

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Global Food Industries (GFI) and International Beverage Filling Industries (IBFI), both part of the Albatha Group conglomerate officially named one of the 30 best workplaces for millennials by Great Place to Work® (GPTW) in the GCC, the global authority on high trust workplace culture.  Ranking #22 and #20, both GFI and IBFI respectively are the first food and beverage companies in Sharjah to be featured in the prestigious list.

Having led multigenerational teams for almost three decades, both UAE-based manufacturing firms are demonstrating a truly serious commitment to creating workplaces that foster trust, pride and camaraderie amongst their employees, especially in the midst of a global pandemic.

Commenting on the prestigious win, Mr. Ahmed Bayoumi, CEO of GFI and IBFI said, “Our ranking among the best places to work for the second time this year is a testament to our strong employee centered workplace policies. We take great pride in being ‘employer of choice’.”

“Maintaining and building a collaborative, and supportive environment is crucial to retaining and encouraging the people-focused culture of our organization,” Bayoumi added.

Hasan Rasheed,Head of Human Resources at GFI and IBFI, the architect behind achieving this key milestone,has been responsible for successfully supporting GFI and IBFI’s diverse workforce and coaching them to live by the ‘Good to Great’ & Albatha Group’s principles of ‘doing business with values. “The award highlights GFI and IBFI’s successful partnerships and celebrates the great relationships with its employees.  The group’s policies for its employees are centered around each one of their success, health, and growth, to drive meaningful long-term business outcomes,” commented Rasheed.

The accolade has been awarded to GFI and IBFI following an anonymous survey conducted among the millennial employees by the workplace culture experts and is highly competitive. GPTW certification is the most definitive 'Employer-of-Choice' recognition and is considered the 'Gold Standard' in identifying and recognizing Great Workplaces with High Trust and High-Performance Cultures.

About GFI and IBFI

GFI’s frozen and snacking food divisions were established in Sharjah in 1992 and 2010, respectively. GFI produces renowned brands such as Al Areesh, Arctic Gold and Al Ameer frozen food products, as well as Glenda and Amara snacks. On the other hand, IBFI was established in 1993 and produces an extensive range of beverages under the flagship STAR brand.

Both GFI and IBFI operate from state-of-the-art food and beverage manufacturing units in Sharjah, managed by a dynamic team of seasoned industry experts, and are certified according to the best global industry practices and standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 22000, Halal, HACCP and BRC.


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