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Nestlé to acquire Egyptian instant coffee company Caravan

Nestlé is to acquire Caravan Marketing Company SAE, the Egyptian instant coffee company behind the Bonjorno brand, eyeing up the ‘rapidly growing’ soluble coffee segment in the country. 

Poultry producer launches halal subsidiary

One of the world’s largest exporters of poultry BRF – which operates a factory in the UK – has launched a subsidiary to target the growing halal processed foods market...

Farming returning to Mosul even as fighting continues to ravage city

Thousands of the poorest residents of the war-torn region around Mosul, along with hundreds of thousands of other struggling Iraqis, are being given the chance to earn for themselves again...

Europe donates millions to Yemen to boost food production

The European Union has committed €12m (US$12.7m) in support of efforts to tackle rising hunger among the 14m food-insecure residents of strife-torn Yemen.

UAE improves food-safety competence by a quarter in quick time

UAE officials have been applauding themselves for the great strides the country has made by improving its food-safety index rating by a quarter in just three years.

Qatar-backed wealth fund joins BRF to buy Turkey’s poultry leader

An international consortium backed by a Gulf sovereign wealth fund has agreed to buy Turkey’s biggest poultry producer in a half-billion-dollar deal fuelled by a desire to expand into halal...

Australian meat chief targets China and Saudi in 2017

The CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has targeted market “diversification” as a key meat industry priority for 2017.

Farming in the desert: Quinoa could transform agriculture in the Gulf

Experts have urged Gulf states to look to an Andean super-food beloved of hipsters as a staple crop at a time when groundwater supplies are shrinking and becoming more saline.

FAO opens Lebanon office to boost conflict-hit food supplies

The director-general of the Food and Agriculture office of the United Nations has blamed conflicts in the Middle East for a doubling of undernourished people in the region as he...

UAE agribusiness buys Aussie feed producer to mitigate market risks

Al Dahra Agriculture has bought an Australia based feed producer to “geographically diversify investments, ensure product availability across all seasons and mitigate market risks.”

Swisslog taps into Mai Dubai $21m bottled water ‘mega expansion’

Mai Dubai, bottled water company, part of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has partnered with Swisslog to automate its storage and distribution centre as part of its 2020 $21m...

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MENA Millennials driving demand for bakery and snacks, says Golden Agri-Resources

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is developing a taste for luxury products, especially premium bakery goods, snacks and confectionery.

Mubadala mulls two big Russian agriculture investments

Abu Dhabi state investment vehicle Mubadala may make two food-supply investments worth up to US$200m to Russia’s food sector. 

Saudi PIF acquires half of Adeptio soon after Americana sale

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has made a rare foray into into the food industry after concluding a deal to buy half of Adeptio Holdings, which recently acquired a 67%...

Tetra Pak agrees deal to build packaging lines for Raubi juices

Tetra Pak has concluded an AED25m (US$6.8m) deal to construct processing and packaging lines for Binghatti Holding’s new food and beverage production plant in Abu Dhabi.

Yummex Middle East

Brazil candy firm Riclan calls for more African presence at Dubai tradeshow

Riclan candy company wanted to see more African firms and visitors at Yummex Middle East, part of Gulfood Manufacturing this year (November 7-9).

UAE orders withdrawal of further three ‘herbal supplements’

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has banned a further three ‘herbal supplements’ and warned they could endanger the lives of patients.

Yummex Middle East

Toffano coffee candy takes top spot in Yemen

Toffano has seen success with its coffee candy Café Gold and Brinq Bol Tutti-Frutti Flavoured Bubble Gum Candy in Yemen.

Government subsidies underpin Turkey’s export charge into Gulf

Turkey is looking to become a dominant player in food processing in the Middle East on the back of its halal expertise, alignment with regional tastes, market proximity and competitive...

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UNIDO helps in setting up Egyptian food safety agency

Egypt has signed two agreements with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) including helping to create the Egyptian Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

News in brief

Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Yummex Middle East

Katjes to launch ‘Cola the Cat’ in the Middle East

Katjes plans to launch ‘Cola the Cat’ jellies in 2017 after a successful year entering the Middle East market.

UAE bans two ‘health risk’ supplements after FDA intervention

Two supplements have been banned from sale by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention after receiving advice from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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Dubai confectionery and dairy procurement firm expands in Algeria

Ar-kom project management and consultancy firm, is building a confectionery plant in Algeria to become operational in 2017.

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Halal firm encourages buffalo consumption

Buffalo burgers should be considered a healthy and alternative option to the classic beef variety. That is the message being emphasised by Indian processor Allanasons Private Limited at Gulfood Manufacturing this...

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