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Profiles: Arab Dairy and Bisco Misr

Egypt has been in the M&A spotlight in recent weeks, with Arab Dairy and local snacks group Bisco Misr the subject of interest from internat...

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

Kellogg and Abraaj table fresh bids for Bisco Misr 18 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

Kellogg and Abraaj Investment Management have tabled new offers for Egyptian snack firm Bisco Misr, with the US food giant again outbidding the private-equity firm.


Timeline: Tussle for Egypt snack firm Bisco Misr 18 Dec 2014

Dean Best

Kellogg is battling it out with Middle East private-equity group Abraaj to buy Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr. Here just-food provides the highlights in the race so far.


PepsiCo opens snacks plant in Saudi Arabia 17 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

PepsiCo has opened a production facility for snack products in Saudi Arabia to service Middle Eastern markets.


Mars adds Snickers production line to Dubai site 16 Dec 2014

Dean Best

Mars has added a Snickers production line to its chocolate factory in Dubai.


Willi-Food appoints Budilovsky as CEO 11 Dec 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Israel-based food manufacturer G. Willi-Food has appointed Emil Budilovsky as CEO of the company.


Abraaj sees bid period for Bisco Misr extended 10 Dec 2014

Hannah Abdulla

The Egyptian Financial Standards Authority has extended the offer period for private-equity firm Abraaj's bid for Bisco Misr.

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