Middle East

The Iranian government is working to maintain the pace of growth in the poultry and red meat industry

Iran looks to keep growth rate of meat industry

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Over the past three years Iran has managed to increase production of table poultry and red meat by 20% to reach an overall figure of 820,000 tonnes (t) of red meat and 2.2 million t of poultry. 

Iraq has been earmarked as an area of export growth

China aids exports to Iraq

By Mark Godfrey

One of America’s biggest poultry firms has secured exports to Iraq – thanks to help from China. 

Mezzan buys majority stake in Saudi’s Al Safi for $24m

Mezzan buys majority stake in Saudi’s Al Safi for $24m

By RJ Whitehead

One of the Gulf’s biggest food and beverage companies has completed the acquisition of 70% of Al Safi Food, effectively granting it a local platform to manufacture and distribute food and beverage products in the Kingdom. 

Americana saga ends after Alabbar’s Adeptio pulls out

Americana saga ends after Alabbar’s Adeptio pulls out

By RJ Whitehead

The on-again-off-again sale of a majority stake in Kuwait Food Co, otherwise known as Americana, to a Gulf-based consortium has been scrapped by the Al Kharafi family, bringing to an end months of negotiations over a deal worth billions of dollars.

UAE sends food worth $4bn to landfills each year

UAE sends food worth $4bn to landfills each year

By RJ Whitehead

Homes and restaurants in the UAE toss out food worth an estimated AED14.7bn (US$4bn) each year, according to the Emirates Environmental Group. The waste is then dumped in the country’s landfills where capacity is shrinking.

Camel milk producer given VAT exemption for trade with GCC

Camel milk producer given VAT exemption for trade with GCC

By RJ Whitehead

Dubai-based camel milk producer Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products has been awarded a VAT exemption certificate by the UAE’s Ministry of Economy, which the company hopes will help it increase exports of camel milk to other Arab countries.

Saudi merger turns Foodpanda profitable in Middle East

Saudi merger turns Foodpanda profitable in Middle East

By RJ Whitehead

Global online food delivery company Foodpanda has announced a deal to merge its Hellofood business with HungerStation in Saudi Arabia to create a market leader in one of the world’s biggest food delivery markets.

Mezzan reports slow growth ahead of Saudi JV

Mezzan reports slow growth ahead of Saudi JV

By RJ Whitehead

Kuwait’s Mezzan Holding, one of the Middle East’s biggest manufacturers and distributors of food and beverages, has reported in an increase in second-quarter revenue of 2.4% over the same period in 2015 to KWD52.8m (US$175m), and a 3.9% increase in year-to-date...

Iraq has a 'lack of commitment' to biosecurity, according to an FAO official in the Middle East

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

By Oscar Rousseau

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

Mazola signs UAE distribution deal as GCC consumption grows

Mazola signs UAE distribution deal as GCC consumption grows

By RJ Whitehead

Global cooking oil major Mazola is placing its focus on expanding even further into the Middle East’s growing non-retail sector by appointing Farm Fresh as its new distributor for food-service business in the UAE.

YouGov names Almarai as Saudi’s favourite brand

YouGov names Almarai as Saudi’s favourite brand

By RJ Whitehead

Local dairy major Almarai was named Saudi Arabia’s favourite brand in the YouGov 2016 Mid-year BestBrand rankings, alongside Emirates airline in the UAE and Facebook in Egypt.

Japanese trio plan vegetable factory in Dubai

Japanese trio plan vegetable factory in Dubai

By RJ Whitehead

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, Showa Denko K.K. and Chiyoda Corporation will jointly develop an overseas artificially-lit vegetable factory business with a base in the UAE that promises to harvest crops throughout the year.

Egypt named one of ‘10 emerging markets of the future’

Egypt named one of ‘10 emerging markets of the future’

By Richard Whitehead

An influential new report has identified Egypt as one of the “10 emerging markets of the future” though its food industry is predicted to see a dramatic change in fortunes as part of an overall predicted slump in its primary industries over the next five...

Middle East drives hope for Brazil sweet producers

Middle East drives hope for Brazil sweet producers

By Eliot Beer

The Middle East is a bright spot for Brazil’s confectionery industry as the only global market seeing growth, with Brazilian producers hoping to capitalise further on synergies with the region.  

Americana sale back on, NFPC sale off

Americana sale back on, NFPC sale off

By Eliot Beer

The sale of Americana finally went ahead this month, with Adeptio paying US$2.4bn, while NFPC abandoned its sale attempt, with potential buyers’ scepticism over expansion plans blamed. 

Mezzan buys into KSA’s Al Safi for $25m

Mezzan buys into KSA’s Al Safi for $25m

By Eliot Beer

Kuwaiti food conglomerate Mezzan Holding will buy into Saudi Arabia’s Al Safi Food for up to US$25m, while EIP, one of the buyers of Diamond Meat Processing, eyes further purchases.

Ethical labels worth $2bn in UAE market

Ethical labels worth $2bn in UAE market

By Eliot Beer

Sales of products with ethical labels of some sort reached more than US$2bn in the UAE last year, according to Euromonitor, with recycling and preservatives the main areas of focus.

 Supplement start-up looks to offer a 'modern yet natural solution for a world in which healthy fasting has become more difficult'. © iStock.com / alexkich

Not so fast: First fasting supplement takes cautious approach to claims

By Lynda Searby

Start-up Nowrish has launched the first fasting supplement - a mix of vitamins, minerals and herbs formulated to support the body’s cleansing, immune, digestive and energy production systems during periods of fasting like Ramadan, but without making any...

Haram ingredients hidden in food

Haram ingredients hidden in food

By Eliot Beer

Muslim consumers may be unintentionally consuming significant quantities of “hidden” haram ingredients in food products thanks to complex supply chains, according to a new report.

Valleyfresh puts down KSA roots

Valleyfresh puts down KSA roots

By Eliot Beer

Australian produce distributor Valleyfresh has announced it will open an office in Saudi Arabia in a bid to expand its operations and strengthen its relationships in the Middle East.

Food security bleak, says NGO report

Food security bleak, says NGO report

By Eliot Beer

The outlook for food security in the Middle East is not hopeful, but growing pressure may start to force policy change across the region, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.

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