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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

Ferrero seals deal for hazelnut firm Oltan 17 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Ferrero has confirmed the acquisition of Turkish hazelnut processor Oltan Group for an undisclosed sum.

UAE firm Delta Food to expand dairy production 17 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

UAE-based food manufacturer Delta Food Industries is to expand production to manufacture more dairy products.

Savola H1 driven by retail performance 17 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Saudi food-to-retail group Savola said first-half profit gains have been driven by an "outstanding" performance from its retail business.

Ferrero "in discussions" over Oltan Gida buy 8 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero is "in discussions" over a potential acquisition of Turkish hazelnut group Oltan Gida, just-food understands.

BRF acquires AKF stake 4 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Brazilian food group BRF has acquired a 40% stake in Al Khan Foodstuff, the company that distributes its products in the Sultanate of Oman.

Tat Gida in US$15.2m takeover deal of local dairy 2 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Turkish food firm Tat Gida has announced the takeover of local dairy firm Moova Gida in a TRL32.3m (US$15.2m) deal.

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