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Top Iranian dairy companies and trends

The Iranian dairy industry is beginning to expand.  This growth domestically is being complemented by the country’s dairy companies now looking to export to countries such as Russia.

Municipality’s kitchen gardens campaign starts to bloom

Dubai Municipality’s two-year-old campaign to encourage the emirate’s residents to grow their own food has been gaining momentum, with 1,600 individuals now signed up.

Inflation and interest rates pile on hurt for Egyptian F&B majors

Food businesses have been suffering in Egypt, where rising interest rates and spiking inflation have caused a squeeze on consumer purchasing power.

Indian delegation touts for UAE trade

India’s food processing ministry has set out to woo businesses in the Gulf after the World Food India roadshow arrived in Dubai this week.

First Emirati food study could help with diabetes planning

Research led by a university in Abu Dhabi has provided new insights into how traditional Emirati foods can affect blood sugar levels.

FAO turns to mobile technology to tempt Iraqi farmers back to fields

Mobile money transfers has been adopted as part of a cash-for-work programme aimed at rehabilitating agricultural infrastructure for the benefit of vulnerable rural families in Iraq.

1.3k tonnes of rotten food discovered in UAE’s latest food fraud case

Health inspectors uncovered more than 1,300 tonnes of rotten fruit, vegetables, meat and being sold at unlicensed markets to poor residents in Dubai in the first half of this year.

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Sadara starts production of propylene glycol at huge new plant

Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical Company has begun production of propylene glycol at a new plant in Jubail Industrial City II.

Syrian farm production grows, but is still far from pre-war levels

Food security has improved in parts of Syria over the last year, though the overall situation remains far worse than before the war.

Roha acquires Delta’s colours business for Middle East expansion

Indian natural colours and pigments major Roha will expand into the Middle East and North Africa following its acquisition of the colour division of Delta Aromatics.

Halal meat business sets out ‘ambitious’ trade plans

UK-based firm Haloodies will start exporting meat snacks to United Arab Emirates (UAE) supermarkets as part of a big push to become a global halal brand.

Hogan to lead Middle East agri-food trade mission

European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan will front an autumnal trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Iran in what could unlock lucrative new deals for halal meat...

Dubai is latest emirate to announce food mega-park plans

Dubai’s first dedicated food park will be built at a cost of AED5.5m (US$1.5m) and incorporate a mix of government infrastructure, warehousing and manufacturing facilities. 

Refugees given tools and training in northern Iraq

A Germany-funded project to train refugees in greenhouse cultivation, beekeeping, hen production and food processing has been launched to help thousands of vulnerable Iraqis and Syrians.

Saudi exempts food packaging from plastics ban

Food packaging will be exempt from a new Saudi Arabian ban on the entry of non-biodegradable plastics into the country.

World Food Programme seeks to avert 'nutrition catastrophe' in crisis-hit Yemen

The UN's World Food Programme is seeking to improve the nutrition of 1.9 million children and women in war-torn Yemen by delivering targetted supplementary feeding programmes in the Middle East's...

UAE officials move to ban health risk 'fake herbal supplements'

Health officials in the United Arab Emirates have moved to clamp down on 11 'dangerous' supplements, which they say pose a serious health risk to the public.

East is eden: Middle East ripe for chocolate growth amid volume declines in the West

Euromonitor International suggests the Middle East offers opportunities for chocolate manufacturers seeking to drive value growth.

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Saudi Arabia bans Belgian poultry meat

Saudi Arabia has banned the import of poultry meat and eggs from Belgium following an outbreak of avian influenza.

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Del Monte buries the hatchet ahead of retail and NPD joint-venture

Philippines-based Del Monte Pacific has entered into a joint-venture with Arab-owned Fresh Del Monte Produce to expand its refrigerated fruit-based lines. 

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. 

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