Saudi Arabia and Kuwait emerged top winners at the 2020-2021 World Branding Awards, the ultimate global brand recognition accolade being constituted by the World Branding Forum (WBF), a registered global non-profit organisation.
Now in its 12th edition, the World Branding Awards saw over 400 brands from more than 45 countries named 'Brand of the Year' in the 2020-2021, nominated by over 250,000 consumers across the globe.
National Tier winners from Kuwait include Al Salam International Hospital (Healthcare – Hospitals), Aqua Gulf (Water), and Gulf Insurance Group – GIG (Insurance), amongst others.
National Tier winners from Saudi Arabia include, Almarai (Dairy Products – Milk), Nahdi (Healthcare – Pharmacies), Rubaiyat (Luxury Retailer), and Suntop (Beverages – Juices), amongst many others.
Amongst the top tier brands listed as Global Tier winners are Beijing Tong Ren Tang, CoCo, Faber Castell, Fender, Heinz, Ikea, Lego, Lurpak, McCain, Netflix, Pilot, Spotify, Yakult, and Yamaha, amongst others.
Regional Tier winners include Anchor (New Zealand), Cotton On (Australia), Elkjøp (Norway), LuLu (UAE), Isetan and Uniqlo (Japan), amongst others.
Richard Rowles, Chairman of the World Branding Forum said: "This is a celebration of the best marketers from across the globe. The Awards are an acknowledgment of the tireless effort of the teams that build and maintain their brand presence in an ever-changing market."
Winners are uniquely judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. Seventy percent of the scoring process comes from consumer votes.
"To be a winner at the Awards, a brand has shown that they have built themselves up to such a degree that they are placed amongst the best brands in the world," said Danny Pek, Chief Executive of the World Branding Forum.
The voting and nomination had taken place amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic whilst many countries were faced with restriction measures that had greatly disrupted the economic landscape.
The awards celebrates the innovative and creative ways these successful brands have managed to remain distinct and relevant to their consumers over the past year, he added.-TradeArabia News Service