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UAE team moves to next stage of project to source gelatin from camels

Researchers in Al Ain are nearing their goal to identify a new halal source of gelatin for food and pharmaceuticals.

Al Islami tops list of influential halal food companies

A UAE company has been named the world’s leading halal food vendor in a new report on the global market for food acceptable to Muslims.

Saudi minister: Qatar action is a boycott, not a blockade

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has clarified that what was perceived as a multinational blockade of Qatar is actually a boycott, and stated that his country is willing to provide food...

Saudi: Energy drinks prices double overnight

Prices of energy drinks have doubled in Saudi Arabia this week after a sin tax was introduced last Sunday. Health warnings have also arrived in stores and on cans.

New satellite data used to give long-lead warning of locust swarms

Information from satellites is being used in a new way to predict favourable conditions for swarms of desert locusts, as part of an early warning collaboration by scientists. 

Anton Paar boosts presence in ‘vital’ Middle East market

Anton Paar has opened a Middle East Technical Centre to serve customers in the Middle East and Africa.

News in brief

UAE fish safety scare was nothing more than rumours

A senior government official has brushed off suggestions that fish and shellfish captured in UAE waters have been affected by pollution and unsafe for consumption. 

Patchi to double manufacturing capacity with new Dubai plant

Patchi has begun work on a new 122,000 square-foot chocolate manufacturing facility in Dubai to serve as a “springboard” into regional and overseas markets when it opens in 18 months.

Dubai launches Ramadan Fridge programme to feed poor

Dubai residents will be able to donate food through 80 new Ramadan fridges at mosques across the emirate.

News in brief

Abu Dhabi redoubles safety inspections for Ramadan

Abu Dhabi food authorities have doubled down inspections over Ramadan, and at the time of writing have assessed almost 200 grocery stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets in the emirate.

Saudi sets date for 50-100% beverage sin tax next month

Saudi Arabia will begin to tax energy drinks and carbonated sodas from June 10, making it the first country in the Gulf to fix an implementation date. 

Nestlé’s Gulf business looking up as Dubai’s third plant opens

Business in the Gulf will bounce back after years of poor performance in the wake of collapsed oil prices, the world’s biggest food group’s regional chief has predicted while opened...

Last year’s bumper food M&A activity set to continue in 2017

Merger activity in the UAE’s food and beverage segment, which surged by US$3bn in 2016, is expected to remain strong this year, albeit after a slow start.

Dubai hydroponics investor launches global food security fund

Dubai’s Pegasus Agriculture Group, which owns various hydroponic farming facilities in the Middle East and North Africa, has established a futures fund to focus on food security.

Brands advised to change Ramadan messaging to reflect new behaviours

As the Gulf gears up for Ramadan, food companies would do well to tweak their social campaigns to reflect behavioural changes and growing demand for healthier and more nutritious foods.

Nestlé inaugurates Nescafé and Maggi factory in Dubai

Nestlé Middle East has inaugurated its Al-Maha factory in Dubai South; its 18th factory in the region. 

Green tea supplements: Good for weight loss, but lacking in anti-inflammation action against PCOS

Consumption of green tea supplements leads to weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it is still uncertain if supplementation provides a direct anti-inflammatory effect against the condition....

UAE says upcoming import ban will not affect produce availability

The UAE’s decision to ban certain produce exceeding minimum residue levels of pesticides from May 15 will not lead to food shortages in the country.

Yemen conflict leaves 17m people at risk of malnutrition

As Yemen’s conflict continues, two thirds of the country’s population are now suffering from severe food insecurity.

Open-source database launched to monitor region’s water use

An open-access database that sifts through satellite data to help farmers in water-scarce countries achieve more reliable yields has gone live.

Vimto gears up for bumper Ramadan

Despite “challenging” times in its home market, Vimto manufacturer Nichols is expecting another strong performance during the Ramadan season in the Middle East.

Sadafco continues health charge with fortified fruit laban

Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (Sadafco) has launched a functional laban fruit drink in the Middle East after demoing the product in the manufacturer's home market.

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

Insect protein production offers ‘viable alternative to landfill’

Organic waste is the opportunity, says Jason Drew, co-founder of the Cape Town headquartered AgriProtein, as he predicts huge growth for the insect protein industry over the next 10 to 15 years.

Dubai enlists Nutricia for grassroots infant healthy-eating initiative

Dubai health officials have called on Danone’s infant nutrition brand to support its drive to persuade parents to adopt health eating habits for their toddlers.

Food hub emerges in Qatar as Philippines vies for distribution trade

Qatar is emerging as a major regional food manufacturing hub as more warehousing and logistics parks reach completion.

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