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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: 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

Edita acquires MENA rights to Hostess brands 20 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Egypt-based bakery group Edita Food Industries has expanded its ownership of Hostess Brands LLC's HoHo's, Twinkies and Tiger Tail brands to 12 additional Middle Eastern and North African markets.

Yildiz CFO "prefers Ak Gida IPO over stake sale" 14 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Yildiz Holding CFO Cem Karakas has confirmed the Turkish food giant has received interest in its dairy business Ak Gida but said he would prefer to press on with plans to float the business.

Yildiz Holding "draws bids for dairy arm Ak Gida" 13 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Turkish food group Yildiz Holding has reportedly seen formal takeover interest in dairy unit Ak Gida.

Almarai books higher Q1 profits 7 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Saudi Arabia-based food and drinks group Almarai has reported a 12% increase in first-quarter profits.

Almarai "eyes acquisitions in Egypt" 31 Mar 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Saudi Arabian food group Almarai is reportedly looking at acquiring Egyptian confectioner Rashidi El-Mizan and dairy firm Dina Farms as part of plans to pump US$500m into the expansion of its business in Egypt.

Nestle-backed Osem sees profits rise in 2014 30 Mar 2015

Dean Best

Osem Investments, the Israeli food maker in which Nestle holds a majority stake, saw sales and profits grow in 2014.

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