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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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Polish push new apple types to UAE market

By Eliot Beer

Polish apple producers shut out of the Russian market are turning to the UAE, but now face challenges from long-held consumer expectations, according to the head of the Polish Fruit Union.

UAE firms buy Power Horse stake

UAE firms buy Power Horse stake

By Eliot Beer

Two UAE-based investment firms have bought a significant stake in Austrian energy drink producer Power Horse, and plan to expand the business’s reach beyond its Middle Eastern stronghold. 

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Consumers seek Ramadan bargains as UAE ups subsidies

By Eliot Beer

Saudi, UAE and Egyptian shoppers are prepared to switch brands for a bargain even as they increase their food spend during Ramadan—a time when the UAE Ministry of Economy pays US$68m on food subsidies.

Siniora CEO: 'This will add to Siniora’s portfolio, to help us continue our growth in the same way as we have in Jordan and Palestine...' ©iStock

Siniora buys UAE’s DMP, eyes GCC growth

By Eliot Beer

Palestinian meat producer Siniora has bought the UAE firm Diamond Meat Processing (DMP) in a deal worth US$17m, in order to expand into the UAE and wider GCC.

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