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Eyeing Egypt: Why firms are queueing up to invest

A new president and a revised investor law for Egypt appears to be restoring business confidence. Last month three food and beverage giants...

Analysis: UB sets sights on Middle East growth

United Biscuits has signed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Saudi snacks business Rana Confectionery Products. The deal, the UK snacks...

BRICs and beyond: Turkey: the gateway to the world

While Turkey is not seeing the same levels of growth as other developing markets like China and Brazil, retailers and manufacturers see pote...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Ramsden International CEO 7 May 2014

Hannah Abdulla

The Middle East is often seen as a bit of a golden nugget for exporters, with 98% of its consumables coming from elsewhere in the world. But Sean Ramsden, CEO of UK wholesale exporter Ramsden International, says it's not always the easiest market in which to operate, with strict compliance legislation and a focus on driving down prices. Hannah Abdulla caught up with Ramsden on the sidelines of Gulfood where they exchanged notes on the challenges and advantages of being an exporter to the Middle East.

FMCG in the Middle East: just the answer 2 May 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Choithram & Sons was set up in 1944 in Sierra Leone as a business funding schools and hospitals in west Africa and India. It soon established a presence in Europe, North America, and Africa, but nowhere more so than in the Gulf where Choithrams launched its first supermarket starting with the United Arab Emirates. The retail chain now has 31 supermarkets and has grown across the Gulf with a presence in Oman, Bahrain and Qatar. But, as Middle East residents become increasingly concerned with brand affiliation, and with the growing presence of international retailers like Carrefour, Spinneys and Waitrose, how does a homegrown brand maintain its relevance? Operations director Manoj Thanwani shares some tricks of the trade with Hannah Abdulla.

Latest News

Major Americana investor mulls options 17 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

The main shareholder in Kuwait Food Co., Al Khair National for Stocks and Real Estate Co., has said it is reviewing its portfolio - including its stake in the food company.

Arla joins race for Egypt's Arab Dairy 11 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Arla Foods has made a non-binding bid Egyptian dairy firm Arab Dairy Products Co.

Strauss settles Israel Cadbury lawsuit 9 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Israeli food manufacturer Strauss Group has settled a legal dispute with local Cadbury distributor Carmit Candy.

Bisco Misr says Kellogg eyeing majority stake 1 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr has said cereal giant Kellogg is eyeing a majority stake in its business.

Strauss H1 hit by negative FX, coffee sales 20 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Strauss Group has reported a drop in its first-half profits despite posting a strong increase in sales of its international dips and spreads business.

Savola: We have had Americana talks 19 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Savola Group has confirmed once again it is one of the bidders for Al Kharafi Group's Kuwait Food Co., despite the takeover target claiming to have "no knowledge" of any talks with the Saudi business.

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