The Middle East welcomes The Mercurys
ABU DHABI - A pleasant evening of dining, sipping Argentinian Malbec wine from Trapiche, and laughter kicked off events in the UAE capital city December 10 as attendees of this year’s SIAL Middle East began their week by recognizing the contributions of companies in the travel catering industry for the 37th Mercury Awards.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was a striking blue and white presence across the water from the Shangri-La Hotel where this year's awards were held, and a crescent moon hung high in the sky above the festivities. Throughout the evening, winners in five categories received a gold-plated statue bearing the likeness of the Roman god whose name inspired the awards while the event’s host, Jeremy Clark, kept the atmosphere light and jovial.
In addition to the Mercurys, PAX International honored the efforts of Etihad Airways to raise awareness and combat the depletion of wildlife through its association with the Born Free Foundation, a partnership now going into its fourth year. For its efforts, the airline received this year's PAX International Pay it Forward Award.
But the stars of the show were the innovative products that judges awarded from a selection of finalists. Below are the winners of this year’s Mercury Awards.
Category One: Airline Meal
Airline Meal - Economy Class: Tops Foods for its Vegan Ambient Lasagne
Category Two: Service Concept
Highly Commended Certificate: SATS Ltd for its SATS Culinary Consultant's Panel
Service Concept - Premium Class: En Route International for its Business Class cheese service, a selection of cheeses and garnishes packaged to improve crew handling and enhance shelf life
Category Three: Food Product
Food Product - Snack: Beemster for its “Beemster Bun” Premium Cheese Snack based on the traditional Dutch sausage roll
Highly Commended Certificate: Mr. Lee's Pure Foods Co. for its healthy, gourmet snacks
Food Product - Savory: Zadi-Dates and Saudia Catering for its salad dressings infused with the flavor of dates
Food Product - Sweet: Savarin for its frozen deserts with single pop-out action and flowing sauce topping
Category Four: Beverage
Winner: Fibs for its Virgin Gin and Tonic non-alcoholic cocktail, available in two flavors
Category Five: Equipment
Equipment - Production: Diversey for its remote guidance diagnosing technology for iOS and Android smartphones