We celebrate our 35th Anniversary!
We’re very excited to be celebrating our 35th anniversary this month. With our profound connection to Dubai, it feels only right that we are celebrating our milestone the same year that the country will celebrate 50 years of the UAE.
Anniversaries have this magical power to stir up memories, which makes this a perfect opportunity for us to take stock of how far we’ve come and how we hope to grow in the future.
We have deep roots.
Our founder, Bharat Narayan, came to Dubai at H.H. Sheikh Rashid’s invitation during the nation-building era of the 1970s. 35 years ago, with the help of his wife Madhulika, he embarked on something new. They wanted to lovingly produce simple, honest, high-quality snacks starting with Safari chips.
Bharat based the brand on his love of animals, introducing both our locally-made, crunchy savoury Potato Grills and the representative members from the animal kingdom of the “Anipal” family. From Chi Lee the Lion to Salty the Elephant, he used these characters to teach children about wildlife preservation, water conservation and other environmental issues.
35 years later…
We’ve grown into a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative, alternative, BETTER for YOU snacks and foods in the Middle East. With the launch of Hunter’s Gourmet and the expansion of our offerings, we’ve grown from a small family business to a much bigger one with a vast global reach and an internationally diverse team behind the success.
Despite this epic growth, Hunter Foods still proudly makes most of its products here, in the UAE. Our Dubai-born premium brand, Hunter’s Gourmet, has become one of the region’s leading, trendsetting, award-winning snack food brands. Our commitment to constantly making our products Better For You, has resonated with our customers and consumers over the years. It continuously fueled our drive towards many industry firsts and innovations – like our transition to using 100% sunflower oil to cook the snacks made at our factory.
Where do we grow from here?
2021 will be a #SimplyBetter year for Hunter Foods. Just last month, we’ve already taken home a Gulfood Innovation Awards for Best Packaging Design Impact for our Superfoods range and there are plenty more exciting things on the horizon.
Soon, Safari will be re-launched with their new packaging design and Hunter’s Gourmet will introduce a range of hand cooked potato chips with the flavours faithfully-based on and inspried by iconic Middle Eastern dishes. There will also be a collection of luxurious and gastronomic flavours led by the absolutely beloved Black Truffle flavoured Hand Cooked Potato Chips!
A heart-felt “Thank You” to our team, our suppliers, our partners, our customers and our ultimate consumers, for the contributions and support to us over the past 35 years. We simply can’t wait for you to see and taste what we are “cooking” for the future!