Middle East

The GCC VAT had got food firms worries. ©iStock

Food firms worry about arrival of Gulf VAT

By RJ Whitehead

A Gulf-wide goods and services tax that will come into effect next year has been one of the main talking points among companies exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing this year, with its ripple effect likely to impact business in the food industry.

Tetra Pak sees reasons for optimism in the Middle East.

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

By RJ Whitehead

It is no coincidence that Tetra Pak has chosen the Middle East as its launch site for a trio of new products. Doing so reflects the relative importance of this previously unsophisticated market, which the company now brands as “dynamic” and sees as having...

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UAE’s ambitions on track to stay food secure

By RJ Whitehead

New estimates suggest that the Middle East will consume nearly 60m tonnes of food annually by 2050 due to soaring population growth, putting pressure on governments to find ways to secure their supplies.