2017's top Middle East food and beverage industry stories revealed

By Gary Scattergood

- Last updated on GMT

Al Islami topped the list of influential halal food companies.
Al Islami topped the list of influential halal food companies.

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Sugar taxes, regional investment and multinational expansion were all featured in our top five Middle East food and drink stories of 2017.

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In the meantime, here are the top five most-read Middle East stories from 2017.

1) Al Islami tops list of influential halal food companies

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

Read the full story here.

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

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

Read the full story here.

3) Changes in consumer tastes offer crucial GCC investment opportunities

Food and beverage manufacturers must keep on top of the Gulf’s fast-changing tastes, workforce trends and government zeal for healthy diets, according to a new report.

Read the full story here.

4) Five top technology launches showcased at Gulfood Manufacturing

Take a look at some of the new technology and services that were on view in the halls of Gulfood Manufacturing 2017, held in Dubai.

Read the full story here.

5) Dubai launches hint at Middle East’s growing clout for Tetra Pak

It is no coincidence that Tetra Pak has chosen the Middle East as its launch site for a trio of new products, reflecting the relative importance of this previously unsophisticated market.

Raed the full story here.

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