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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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Almarai reappoints Georges Schorderet to CEO role as Alois Hofbauer retires 9 Jul 2019

Saudi Arabia's Almarai has reappointed Georges Schorderet to the chief executive role he only relinquished in January.


Saudi Arabia's Nadec pulls out of deal to buy Al Safi Danone 24 Jun 2019

Saudi Arabia's National Agricultural Development Company (Nadec) has announced it is abandoning plans to acquire a local dairy peer.


Saudi Arabia's Almarai acquires Riyadh-based Premier Foods 5 Feb 2019

Saudi Arabia's Almarai, a leading player in the food and drinks industry in the Middle East, has reached an agreement to acquire a local meat products maker. 


Almarai offloads stake in United Farmers Holding 3 Jan 2019

Almarai, one of the largest food and drink companies in the Middle East, has sold its share in a venture producing grains.


Nestle, Kellogg among signatories to Saudi Arabia's push on healthy foods 26 Sep 2018

A clutch of international food giants have signed a voluntary pledge with authorities in Saudi Arabia to cut the sugar, salt and fat content in their products.


Almarai price rise sparks calls for boycott 5 Jul 2018

Almarai has become the latest food major operating in the Middle East and north Africa to face a boycott after the Saudi Arabia-based firm's local price hike on milk angered consumers.


Saudi's Nadec acquires Al Safi Danone Company JV 26 Mar 2018

Saudi Arabia's National Agricultural Development Company (Nadec) is to buy Al Safi Danone Company (ASD), a local joint venture involving Danone.


Savola CEO Rayan Fayez quits 15 Nov 2017

Savola CEO Rayan Fayez has resigned from the Saudi Arabia-based food manufacturer and retailer after less than two years in the job.


Danone's Saudi joint venture in merger talks with rival 9 Oct 2017

Al Safi Danone Company (ASD), the Saudi Arabian joint venture involving French food giant Danone, is in merger talks with fellow Saudi dairy firm National Agricultural Development Company (Nadec).


Saudi's Savola Group 'in talks to buy confectioner Sannabel Al-Salam' 2 Oct 2017

Saudi Arabia's largest food group Savola has been linked with a US$300m bid to acquire confectionery manufacturer and retailer Sannabel Al-Salam.

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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.