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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

Mezzan applies for listing in Kuwait 20 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

Kuwaiti FMCG conglomerate Mezzan Holding has applied to list on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, with plans to float 30% of the group.


Eti Gida buys Turkish ice cream brand Alaska Frigo 16 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Turkish baked goods and chocolate maker Eti Gida has acquired ice cream brand Alaska Frigo from local dairy firm Alaska Gida in a TRL13m (US$5.7m) deal.


BRF denies bid made for Americana 13 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

BRF has rejected speculation it is in the running to acquire Middle Eastern food firm Kuwait Food Co.


Almarai bakery plant damaged by fire 13 Oct 2014

Dean Best

A fire has caused "significant damage" to a bakery plant in Saudi Arabia owned by local food group Almarai.


Almarai profits up on higher sales 13 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Saudi food group Almarai has reported a 10% rise in profits for the first nine months of 2014.


Mondelez to build US$90m Bahrain biscuit plant 1 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Confectionery and snack maker Mondelez International is building a biscuit plant in Bahrain as demand across the Middle East continues to grow.

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