United Arab Emirates

Brazil dessert firm seeks GCC distributors

Brazil dessert firm seeks GCC distributors

By Eliot Beer

Brazilian dessert producer Mr Bey wants to expand its GCC distribution beyond its current Saudi clients, as the firm targets a major increase in its export business.

OFIC plans to develop agriculture-specific funding and a “food techno park” to serve as a base for research and development.

Oman launches US$623m food projects

By Eliot Beer

Oman has announced new food production projects, including dairy, poultry and red meat facilities, totalling US$623m in value, as part of efforts to improve food security.

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 facility will convert waste nutrients from the shrimp and fish into jet fuel, the consortium says

Masdar launches jet-fuel fish farm project

By Eliot Beer

Officials broke ground on a combined aquaculture-biofuel project in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City this month, aimed at producing shrimp, fish and biofuel in one facility.

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.

Al Ghurair to boost UAE food security

By Eliot Beer

UAE conglomerate Al Ghurair Investment has pledged to help improve the country’s food security with foreign investments and improved domestic production facilities.

Poultry and beef are the foundation of GCC retailers' strategy for Brazilian products

Brazil eyes broader food exports to region

By Eliot Beer

Brazilian food producers are working to increase their reach in the Middle East by growing the range of products exported to the region, beyond staples such as poultry and beef.

Ukraine was already a major exporter of halal poultry with 43% of its production going to majority Muslim countries

Russia and Ukraine target Halal poultry market


Russia is planning to start exports of Halal poultry to the UAE and Qatar, while Ukraine’s Halal meat exports are booming, as both countries struggle with the effect of embargoes.

Oman's Sohar Port and Free Zone aims to move beyond handling grains and sugar to develop more value-added food processing

Sohar Port sees food processing future

By Eliot Beer

Oman’s Sohar Port and Free Zone is hoping to become a regional food processing hub, building on its plans to develop a major agro import terminal at the port.


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