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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

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.


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.

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