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BRICs and beyond: United Biscuits sets sights on Middle East growth 21 Nov 2013

United Biscuits has signed a deal to acquire a majority stake in Saudi snacks business Rana Confectionery Products. The deal, the UK snacks firm says, will allow it to grow and establish a strong position in Saudi Arabia but also the wider Middle East region with its brand portfolio. Michelle Russell reports.

Product developments fuel growth in Saudi bread market 1 Aug 2007

Growing demand for specialised bread products is contributing to value growth in the Saudi baked goods market, which is also being fuelled by the spread of large-scale grocery outlets. Francisco Redruello of Euromonitor International analyses recent market developments.

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Saudi Arabia's Almarai appoints new CEO 8 Mar 2021

Almarai has appointed a new chief executive, promoting from within to fill a role left vacant by the resignation last year of Majed Mazen Nofal. 

Thai Union quits Middle East venture 22 Feb 2021

The Thailand-based seafood giant is selling up and leaving a venture signed six years ago after the business failed to hit expectations.

Almarai CEO Majed Mazen Nofal resigns for personal reasons 20 Nov 2020

Almarai is seeking a new chief executive to head up the Saudi Arabia-based food and drink business following the departure of its CEO after only 11 months in the role.

BRF enters deal for Joody Al Sharqiya Food Production Factory in Saudi Arabia 11 May 2020

Brazilian meat processor BRF said its indirectly-owned subsidiary Badi Ltd. has struck a deal to acquire a factory in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's Almarai to foster poultry expansion 9 Apr 2020

Almarai, the Saudi Arabia-based food and drinks business, plans to expand its poultry capacity with a multi-million dollar investment.

Almarai eyes Jordan and Egypt expansion following new EBRD loan 19 Feb 2020

Almarai, the Saudi Arabia-based food firm, has received a US$100m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is eyeing expansion in two markets.

Two BRF plants suspended by Saudi Arabia in connection with Trapaca case 17 Feb 2020

Meat giant BRF said a Middle Eastern country has temporarily blocked chicken imports from two of its sites in Brazil.

Saudi group Almarai promotes Majed Nofal to CEO 9 Dec 2019

Almarai, the Saudi Arabia-based food manufacturer, has appointed a new CEO, with a company executive promoted to the helm.

BRF eyes construction of chicken plant in Saudi Arabia 29 Oct 2019

Brazilian meat processor BRF has entered a non-binding agreement with Saudi Arabian authorities to build a chicken products plant.

Bidfood to distribute General Mills frozen vegetable brand in Saudi Arabia 1 Oct 2019

Bidfood has formed an exclusive agreement with FMCG heavyweight General Mills for products in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi, Iran feud could spell trouble for food companies 8 Jan 2016

Saudi Arabian and Iranian food groups trading in each other's countries may face problems in the coming weeks as tensions between the two countries intensify.