Singapore Food Industries is looking to boost its presence in the Middle East with plans to help build a ready meals factory in United Arab Emirates.

The company said today (9 May) it is helping with the construction of the site, to be based in Abu Dhabi.

SFI is in talks with the UAE over providing technical knowledge and the company said it is hopeful its ready meal products will eventually be produced on-site.

"We are looking to move into the Middle East market and UAE is a good opening," an SFI spokesperson told just-food today.

The spokesperson refused to be drawn on the timetable for the project, insisting the programme is only entering its "first phase".

SFI's international business, which includes operations in the UK, Ireland, China and Australia, accounts for 60% of group turnover.