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Brazil agri exports extend regional reach

By Eliot Beer

Brazilian agribusiness exporters are expanding their markets in the Middle East, as poultry sales boom, Saudi rice imports ramp up, and live cattle exports to Egypt are set to resume.

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Egypt smashes wheat target, continues buying

By Eliot Beer

Egypt has exceeded its domestic wheat-buying target, paying farmers for more than 4.3m tonnes, but plans to keep purchasing wheat until the end of the season as reformers look to the future.

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Spinneys and Multibrands go under the hammer

By Eliot Beer

US private equity firm TPG Capital may buy Spinneys Egypt for US$100m, as Gulf Capital announces the acquisition of GCC food distributor Multibrands to target the fast-growing Saudi F&B market.

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Asia-Pacific nations lead in growth of ethical labels market

By RJ Whitehead

China, the United Arab Emirates and Australia are expected to be the fastest-growing vegan markets between 2015 and 2020, according to data from Euromonitor International’s newly launched ethical labels database.

The halal market is expected to grow significantly over the next four years

Halal labelling expected to grow

By Oscar Rousseau

The prevalence of halal labelling is expected to grow by a quarter between now and 2020, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. 

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GNT opens colours base for GCC market

By RJ Whitehead

Global colours major GNT Group has opened an affiliate office in Dubai to service GCC countries which, the company says, are “becoming aware of the need for real colour solutions”. 

Tajik officals believe there is a tacit trade conflict between Iran and Tajikistan

Iranian meat suppliers experience export problems to CIS

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Despite hopes from Iranian meat exporters that they could increase supplies to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), deliveries to the region, including most of the post-Soviet Union area, are not yet happening.

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Spotlight on Turkish regulation: 'It's an easy market to enter'

By Niamh Michail

Harmonisation of Turkish and EU food law make it an easy and attractive market for foreign companies, but on issues that affect public health - such as nutrient profiles, health claims, GM food and salt reduction - the country is forging its own path. FoodNavigator...

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