United Arab Emirates

Date palm win: ICBA has been rewarded for its work on the

Saline research body wins Khalifa date award

By Eliot Beer

The International Centre of Biosaline Agriculture has won this year’s Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, as the award announces future changes.

Al Islami ponders Brazilian factory

Al Islami ponders Brazilian factory

By Eliot Beer

UAE food producer Al Islami is considering plans to build a factory in Brazil to further its global expansion, while it also joins the ranks of the International Poultry Council.

US Meat Export Federation:

US ‘disappointment’ at lingering KSA beef ban

By Eliot Beer

US beef exporters are “bitterly disappointed” at Saudi Arabia’s continued ban of their products, even as other producers have bans lifted, according to a US Meat Export official.

'The start of construction of the mega facility at Kizad is a key milestone in developing our operational capabilities to enable a new paradigm of growth,' says NFPC. © iStock.com / IPGGutenbergUKLtd

NFPC starts Kizad factory construction

By Eliot Beer

UAE food producer NFPC has broken ground on its new 752,000m2 Kizad factory, and revealed the first phase will be dedicated to its Lacnor, Oasis and Milco beverage divisions.

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Oman expands food production, looks to Iran

By Eliot Beer

Oman’s AATCO opens a new factory plant in Jeddah, as OFIC releases new details about its Dhofar dairy project, and the government considers investing in Iranian agriculture.

GCC plans Greek yoghurt expansion

GCC plans Greek yoghurt expansion

By Eliot Beer

Turkish food producer Pinar plans to grow its presence in the GCC with new facilities and products, building on the high market penetration of its labneh in the region.

The Middle East is one of Del Monte’s fastest-growing global markets, with regional revenues up 5.5% to US$140m for the third quarter of 2015.

Del Monte eyes KSA and Jordan farms

By Eliot Beer

Del Monte is planning to acquire farms in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, to add to its current UAE and Turkey sites, and is planning new regional product launches at Gulfood.

“Coffee is more than just a drink in the Middle East, it is an inherent part of the culture, a leisure pastime and business pre-requisite,” said Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president for exhibitions and events at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Coffee boom brewing at Gulfood

By Eliot Beer

Next month’s Gulfood will have a distinct coffee flavour, as the booming regional coffee sector hits around US$6.5bn – or 8% of the global coffee market.

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Jet-fuel fish farm gets UAE ministry blessing

By Eliot Beer

A UAE government ministry has given a boost to a pilot scheme to combine aquaculture with biofuel production, as it pledges its support and collaboration. 

Scottish rapeseed oil producers eye Middle East

Scottish rapeseed oil producers eye Middle East

By Eliot Beer

Scottish premium rapeseed oil producers are looking to the Middle East for export growth, as they reap the benefits of a new export collaboration project and rising olive oil prices.

US food exports to GCC hit $3bn

US food exports to GCC hit $3bn

By Eliot Beer

US food producers saw record exports to the GCC of US$3bn last year according to new figures, as American trade associations organised events in Kuwait and around SIAL ME.

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