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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

Pioneers enters sealed bid for Arab Dairy 23 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Private equity firm Pioneers Holding is keen to remain in the running to acquire Egyptian dairy firm Arab Dairy, according to a statement from Egypt's financial regulator.

Qalaa Holdings mulls dairy, candy disposals 18 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

Investment fund Qalaa Holdings is contemplating the sale of its remaining Egyptian food businesses, confectioner Rashidi El-Mizan and dairy firm Dina Farms.

Juhayna posts fall in FY profit 17 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Egyptian dairy and juice firm Juhayna has reported a fall in full year net profits.

Gulfood: Glanbia eyes UHT launch in Middle East 13 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Irish food group Glanbia is planning to launch a range of UHT dairy products into the Middle East.

Lactalis's Al-Nour counters rival Arab Dairy bid 13 Feb 2015

Dean Best

Lactalis-owned Egyptian dairy business Al Nour for Dairy Industries has submitted a fresh offer for local peer Arab Dairy after rival bidder Pioneers Holding had a new offer accepted.

Podravka launches MENA headquarters in Dubai 13 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Croatia-based food group Podravka has opened an office in Dubai to manage its operations in the Middle East and north Africa.

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