United Arab Emirates

UAE heart attack victims tend to be much younger than elsewhere

UAE plans law to cut salt and fat in food

By Eliot Beer

The UAE is planning to introduce a new law restricting levels of salt and fat in packaged food, officials from the country’s Ministry of Health have said.

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’. 

H.E Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi toured SEAFEX 2014 alongside H.E Helal Saeed Almarri and H.E Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair

Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 opens in Dubai

By Rachel Arthur

The inaugural Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 trade event takes place in Dubai this week, featuring more than 1,100 suppliers from 52 countries. 

Al Ain Water unveils new $24m factory

Al Ain Water unveils new $24m factory

By Eliot Beer

Al Ain Water has opened a new high-tech US$24.5m bottling plant which will boost the firm’s bottled water production by 20 million cases a ye

UAE unveils new ‘Halal National Mark’

UAE unveils new ‘Halal National Mark’

By Eliot Beer

Food standards authorities in the UAE have released a new ‘Halal National Mark’, in an effort to standardise Halal certification in the country.

Turkey is one of the fastest growing regions for the food and beverage industry

Jafza woos international F&B firms

By Eliot Beer

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) is working to attract new food producers to the free zone, with pushes in France and Turkey this month.

The region's confectionery market is dominated by a handful of international companies

Saudi chocolate market to grow 43% by 2016

By Eliot Beer

Middle East confectionery sales are set to boom, with the Saudi market projected to grow 43% by 2016 according to KPMG, and the region as a whole by 20% in 2015.

Pretty packets drive Gulf beverage sales

Pretty packets drive Gulf beverage sales

By Eliot Beer

For Middle East beverage consumers, it’s what’s on the outside that counts, as buyers focus on packaging and marketing over contents, according to a Euromonitor report.


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