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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.

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.

Foreign firms could get 40% tax breaks for Egypt investments

A proposal to offer tax breaks to several business segments including the food industry is being considered in Egypt in a bid to encourage much-needed overseas investment in the country.

US forage and hay exporter partners for Middle East expansion

Agthia Group and Anderson Hay and Grain are forming a joint venture to bring US forage and feed products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and GCC (Cooperation Council for...

From Andes to Abu Dhabi: Quinoa’s ‘major role’ in Gulf agriculture

Gulf states are being urged to look to an Andean super-food beloved of hipsters as a staple crop at a time when groundwater supplies are dwindling and and remaining sources...

Looming GCC sugar tax could be expanded to include food

Companies will not shoulder the increased cost of a selective tax that could increase the price of soft drinks by half once it is introduced in six Gulf countries.

Zespri’s new Dubai office sees potential for Ramadan kiwifruit sales

A Maori cultural delegation has inaugurated kiwifruit exporter Zespri’s new office in Dubai, which will oversee the firm’s expansion in the Middle East and other developing markets.

FAO: Agriculture support more important than human aid in Syria

Syrian agricultural production “can and should be kick-started” after the huge damage it has endured during years of fighting.

Almarai, ADM ‘preparing bid’ for Saudi milling monopoly sell-off

Almarai is rumoured to be among the companies in line to bid for Saudi Grains Organisation’s milling monopoly.

Korea to seek permission to begin halal exports to UAE

The UAE will soon begin negotiations with South Korea over allowing produce with local halal certification to be recognised in the emirates.

UAE ban for Croatian poultry as bird flu hits country

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned a number of live bird and poultry product imports from Croatia, following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Conflict a key driver behind soaring food insecurity worldwide

Over 100 million people worldwide are severely food insecure in 2016 - a jump from the 80 m recorded in 2015, despite the progress made in reducing food security, according...

UAE’s Hotpack tempted by wales for $62m plant investment

A UAE-based food packaging materials company is planning to invest US$62m in a manufacturing plant in Britain, which will also function as its new head office for the UK and...

Syrian government turns again to Russian for wheat supplies

A media report has revealed that Syria’s state grain buyer has agreed to purchase 1.2m tonnes of Russian wheat.

FAO DG chides Egypt over crop choice as water stocks drop further

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has called for an “urgent and massive response” to the problem of critically low water reserves in the Middle East and...

UN reveals scale of Yemeni food crisis after years of war

Seventeen million Yemenis face “crisis” levels of food insecurity, according to the latest United Nations humanitarian analysis of their war-ravaged country.

UAE prepares double-pronged assault on nutrition in schools

Dubai’s municipal authorities will soon begin to apply updated nutrition guidelines in school canteens to encourage healthier choices, while Abu Dhabi is engaging a task force to wage war on...

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

Dubai firm offers free finance for water made from thin air

A Dubai company has secured a finance partner to provide customers with interest-free loans over four years for machines that literally convert air into water.

Halal food manufacturers are destined to appeal even to non-Muslims

Halal is no longer the sole domain of Muslims, and is instead “a new culture many countries are keen to embrace” as they seek healthier and more sustainable food supplies.

Investigation reveals ‘horrific’ export of livestock ‘tortured’ in the Middle East

Europe’s livestock exports to the Middle East are under fire after a clandestine investigation revealed “horrific” footage detailing animal abuse, including alleged torture of cows in Lebanon. 

Kuwait lifts trade ban on UK lamb in £15m deal

A ban on United Kingdom lamb to Kuwait has been lifted, following a new deal worth £15 million ($18m). 

Politician plugs Irish beef in Dubai

Premium Irish beef has benefited from government support in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, helped secure endorsement from one...

Ülker in talks to secure MENA rights for McVitie’s

Ülker Bisküvi Sanayi A.Ş is in talks to acquire rights to McVitie’s products in Middle East and North Africa.

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