Kenya\u2019s Java House Group has won the Brand of the Year award in the Coffee and Food chain\u00a0 category at the World Branding Awards. The awards ceremony \u2013 which took place at Kensington Palace in London, \u2013 recognises the world\u2019s best brands for their work and achievements. The event is a great opportunity for global brands to come together and learn more about each other\u2019s successes. Java House now joins iconic global brands such as Barclays and Heinz in winning the award. With just 245 winners from over 3,000 nominated brands, winning the awards is truly an impressive achievement, the chain of coffee houses said in a statement yesterday. Java House Chief Executive Paul Smith (pictured) said it was a pleasure and honour to represent the group in receiving the Global Brand Award. Fantastic guests \u201cWithout the great team of people being behind everything we do in Java, this would not be possible. I thank them, and all our fantastic guests for supporting us,\u201d said as he received the trophy,\u201d he added. Java\u2019s achievement comes shortly after they were crowned a super brand in East Africa following a strict selection process by the Super brands Council and consumers from across East Africa. Since the group\u2019s inception in 1999, Java House has revolutionised how Kenyans perceive coffee while influencing gourmet coffee culture in East Africa. \u201cIn 1999, we introduced coffee drinking and gourmet caf\u00e9 culture to Kenya. As we grew, we created more spots where people could enjoy the Java experience conveniently,\u201d it said. The giant food chain currently operates 77 stores in 14 town across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.