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Why Arla's Egyptian JV with Juhayna is shrewd

Arla Foods has entered a joint venture with Egypt's leading dairy processor, Juhayna Food Industries, that leaves the European dairy co-ope...

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...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Al Rawabi's foray into functional dairy 7 Apr 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Statistics in the UAE show more than seven in ten of the country's 9.3m citizens are deficient in vitamin D. With a government keen to promote vitamin and mineral-rich diets, opportunities are opening up for food companies. Local dairy manufacturer Al Rawabi is one local firm looking to capitalise on through the launch of its "functional" dairy range. General manager Dr. Ahmed El Tigani tells Hannah Abdulla more.

Interview: Camelicious on potential for camel milk 1 Apr 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Camel milk - a staple food in the Middle East that dates back centuries - is gaining traction worldwide thanks to the touting of its many health properties. In an interview with Hannah Abdulla, deputy general manager of Dubai-based Emirates Industry of Camel Milk Products, Mutasher al Badry, speaks about the potential of the sector and his hopes of camel milk replacing other milk options.

Latest News

Almarai agrees US$210m settlement for fire 29 Jun 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Saudi Arabian dairy firm Almarai has agreed a SAR790m (US$210m) payout with its insurers following the fire at its bakery facility in Jeddah.

Nestle to open factory in UAE 24 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle has confirmed that it plans to invest “more than” US$120m to open a production facility in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Egyptian dairy Domty "mulls listing" 18 Jun 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Egyptian dairy firm, Arabian Food Industries Co. (Domty) is reportedly planning to list on the Cairo bourse this year or in early 2016.

Oman plans US$620m dairy, poultry projects 18 Jun 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Oman Food Investment Holding Co. (OFIC) is reportedly investing US$620m into building three factories in Oman for the production of dairy and poultry.

Fresh Del Monte Produce eyes food-to-go in Saudi 8 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

Fresh Del Monte Produce has launched its Fresh Market retail concept in Saudi Arabia in a bid to tap into growing demand for healthy food-to-go options in the market.

Saudi blocks US poultry on bird flu fears 3 Jun 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Saudi Arabia has announced a temporary suspension on poultry imports from five US states on the back of bird flu concerns.

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