Middle East

Report slashes Halal growth forecast

Report slashes Halal growth forecast

By Eliot Beer

Thompson Reuters has cut its growth forecast for the global Halal food market, saying the market will grow to just under US$1.6tn by 2020, instead of 2018 as predicted last year.

The Arab market is a reliable, trusted, long-term trading partner for Australian agriculture that is sometimes overlooked,

MENA’s Aussie meat imports soar 11% in a year

By Niamh Michail

Australia’s meat exports to the Middle East are booming, up 11% year-on-year in 2014-15 and up 5% in the first six months of this fiscal year alone, according to the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Saudi beats Egypt for top F&B market spot

Saudi beats Egypt for top F&B market spot

By Eliot Beer

Saudi Arabia remains the most attractive food and beverage market ahead of Egypt, with food consumption growth of 7.6% this year, says a new BMI report.

Brazil exports about 30% of its chicken production, but just 1% of its eggs

Middle East’s Brazilian egg sales up 41%

By Eliot Beer

Imports of Brazilian eggs by Middle Eastern buyers grew 41% in the first half of the year, with sales totalling US$6.9m, according to the Brazilian government.

The company has cut water withdrawal by 42% from 2009 to 2014, it said

Nestlé ME unveils social responsibility targets

By Eliot Beer

Nestlé has released its first corporate accountability report for the region, and promises to cut waste, improve children’s health and reduce salt and sugar in its products.

Godiva's chocolate ice cream makes up about 12-15% of its sales

Godiva to open 12 new GCC stores by December

By Eliot Beer

Belgian chocolate maker Godiva is planning to open around a dozen new stores in the GCC by the end of the year, as it capitalises on its recently-established direct presence.

The goal is to lift the beef embargo - and to establish a partnership in the poultry sector

Saudi inspectors praise Brazil beef plants

By Eliot Beer

A Saudi delegation complimented Brazilian beef facilities this month after a long-awaited inspection, the clearest indication yet that the kingdom will lift its import ban.

“We strongly believe that this is a consumer need, that we provide our products to consumers, despite difficult conditions,

Regional conflicts cost Nestlé $220m

By Eliot Beer

Nestlé Middle East has lost around US$220m in the last three years due to regional conflicts, but insists it will not withdraw from troubled markets.

Russia pushes for new regional Halal exports

Russia pushes for new regional Halal exports

By Eliot Beer

Russia’s Halal industry is working to grow its exports to the Middle East, as the country signs a meat-for-grain deal with Iran, and Belarus is set to start UAE beef shipments.

London Deli Co plans Kuwait store

By Eliot Beer

British snack maker The London Deli Company is planning to open its first Middle East store and is ramping up its operation to cope with increased regional demand.

Food subsidies may be diverting funds from other policy initiatives, and make relatively unhealthy foods much cheaper

Food subsidies may drive child stunting

By Eliot Beer

Government food subsidies may contribute to high rates of child stunting in the Middle East, according to research by the International Food Policy Research Institute (Ifpri).

Sidel says there is high growth in the regional beverage market

Oman’s Barzman adds new 22k bottling line

By Eliot Beer

Omani bottled water producer Barzman National has increased its production capacity to cope with rising demand, adding a new 22,000 bottle-per-hour line to its facilities.

The MENA noodle and snack market is worth more than $3.7bn, claims Mamee

KAEC signs up snacks and cold stores clients

By Eliot Beer

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City has bagged two new food clients, with Malaysian snack maker Mamee and Saudi cold storage firm Abdullah Abbar and Sons planning facilities in the city.

Vietnam’s cocoa sector set to boom with state-owned plantations

Dispatches from Asia Choco Cocoa Congress in Singapore

State-owned plantations could rouse Vietnam’s cocoa industry

By Oliver Nieburg

Vietnamese state-owned companies plan to convert some coffee and rubber plantations to cocoa, delivering a significant boost to the country’s annual output, says Vietnam’s principle cocoa buyer Puratos Grand-Place.

The company has never sold any products to the Middle East and wants to find a partner to bring Indonesian fish products to the region

Indonesian fish producer targets Middle East

By Eliot Beer

An Indonesian canned fish producer is aiming to make its entry into the Middle East food market, as Indonesia’s government aims to bolster its national fishing industry.

Dubai is a good central location to ship snacks across the globe, says United Products

Dispatches: ISM/ProSweets 2015

United Products to drive Middle East snacks into Europe

By Kacey Culliney

Dubai-made Signature Snacks have plenty of expansion potential in Europe thanks to favorable labor costs and a central global location, says distributor United Products.

The company plans 'major investments in capacity, geographical coverage, and brand development'

Aujan unveils $500m expansion plans

By Eliot Beer

Aujan Coca-Cola will spend US$500m on expanding its operations across the Middle East to take advantage of growing regional markets, the beverage firm announced at Gulfood.

There's big demand to reduce fat and sugar in Middle Eastern baked goods, says Short

Ulrick & Short eyes Middle East fat replacer market

By Eliot Beer

British food ingredients manufacturer Ulrick & Short is planning its entry to the Middle East market this year, to take advantage of the growing demand for fat and sugar replacers.

Mars spends $140m on GCC factories expansion

Mars spends $140m on GCC factories expansion

By Eliot Beer

Chocolate maker Mars has invested a total of US$140m in new manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to increase production of its Galaxy and Snickers lines.

BRF opens $160m Abu Dhabi factory

BRF opens $160m Abu Dhabi factory

By Eliot Beer

Brazilian food producer BRF has opened its new US$160m facility in Abu Dhabi’s Kizad free zone, after more than two years of construction.

Clive Smith (2nd left) Sidel & Sayeed International

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 special edition

Sidel partners with Sayeed International in Pakistan

By Jenny Eagle

Sidel announced it has signed a partnership with Sayeed International, an industrial packaging company in Pakistan, at Gulfood Mannufacturing 2014, in Dubai.

Tomra ,Genius 640 sorter, dates, MENA

Live from Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Tomra modifies its camera tech and software for sorting dates in MENA

By Jenny Eagle

Tomra has developed its camera technology and software to modify its Genius 640 3-way sorter with two rejector streams for dates in MENA because ‘the industry wants different sizes, below and above a certain size so they all look the same in a package’. 


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