Brazilian food group BRF has signed a deal with Kuwait-based food firm Americana Group to look at working together in the Middle East.

BRF said the two sides had agreed to "co-operate in conducting a joint strategic analysis with regards to establish a potential strategic collaboration" in the region.

The company said the subject of the talks was "undefined" and underlined the discussions "may or may not lead to collaboration".

BRF exports meat products to the Middle East. In September, BRF announced plans to build a production plant in the United Arab Emirates to produce meat, marinated processed foods and bakery lines.