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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 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.


Almarai to boost subsidiaries after EBRD loan boost 30 Sep 2019

Saudi Arabian dairy company Almarai has received a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.


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.

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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.