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How attractive could Iran be for food majors?

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with a...

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...

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

Strauss sees H1 profit, sales fall 20 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Israel's Strauss Group has pointed to "macroeconomic events" in several of its businesses and markets that led to a fall in sales and profits for the first half of the year.


Willi-Food posts drop in H1 sales, profits 18 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

G. Willi-Food has reported a drop in sales and profits for the first half of the year contributed to by "continued cautious buying patterns" among Israeli consumers seen in the second quarter.


Edita to build new plant in Hostess push 13 Aug 2015

Dean Best

Edita Food Industries, the Egypt-based bakery group, is to set up a new manufacturing facility as it prepares to produce Hostess Brands LLC lines for more markets in the Middle East.


Cyprus halloumi PDO "understanding" reached 22 Jul 2015

Dean Best

A "common understanding" on a potential protected designation of origin for halloumi has been reached between Cyprus and Turkish-held Cyprus in the north of the island, the EU has said.


BanaBay eyes Middle East expansion 17 Jul 2015

Katy Askew

BanaBay has secured an “important” Middle Eastern customer, the Hussain al Qurashi Group, as the premium banana group works to expand in the region.


Almarai posts 6M jump in sales, profits 6 Jul 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Saudi Arabian food group Almarai has reported a jump in sales and profits for the first half of the year.

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