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What are the next major markets for gluten-free? UAE leads growing Gulf interest 20 Oct 2016

The Gulf is emerging as one to watch for the gluten-free sector. In just-food's series of spotlights on the next five markets manufacturers should target, John Shepherd looks at the gluten-free market is developing in the region.


just-food's pick: The Gulfood 2016 exhibitors targeting emerging trends in Middle East 22 Feb 2016

Gulfood, the Middle East's largest annual food and hospitality trade show, has opened its doors this week in Dubai This year's event is expected to welcome around 85,000 visitors from 170 countries to seek business and ideas from 5,000 international exhibitors.


Briefing: Middle East: Interview: Al Rawabi's foray into functional dairy 7 Apr 2015

Statistics in the UAE show more than seven in ten of the country's 9.3m citizens are deficient in vitamin D. With a government keen to promote vitamin and mineral-rich diets, opportunities are opening up for food companies. Local dairy manufacturer Al Rawabi is one local firm looking to capitalise on through the launch of its "functional" dairy range. General manager Dr. Ahmed El Tigani tells Hannah Abdulla more.


Briefing: The Middle East: Interview: Camelicious on potential for camel milk 1 Apr 2015

Camel milk - a staple food in the Middle East that dates back centuries - is gaining traction worldwide thanks to the touting of its many health properties. In an interview with Hannah Abdulla, deputy general manager of Dubai-based Emirates Industry of Camel Milk Products, Mutasher al Badry, speaks about the potential of the sector and his hopes of camel milk replacing other milk options.


Briefing: The Middle East: FrieslandCampina eyes expansion 30 Mar 2015

FrieslandCampina has had a presence in the Middle East for over 50 years with its condensed and powdered milk products. Regional director Maurits Klavert says the market, despite it making a small contribution to the Dutch dairy giant's pot, has huge potential, which the co-operative is looking to exploit in a big way with a launch into cheese. Hannah Abdulla learns more.

Latest News

Chinese fund to invest US$367m in Dubai food hub 21 Sep 2017

Chinese investment business Ningxia Forward Fund Management Company has signed a deal with Dubai Holding to pump US$367m into its planned food hub in Dubai.


Chocolatier Patchi building Dubai production facility 1 Jun 2017

Lebanon-based chocolatier Patchi has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Dubai that will also serve as the company's headquarters for sales and marketing in the Gulf region.


Amira Nature Foods indicates sales recovery in H2 24 May 2017

UAE-based, US-listed rice supplier Amira Nature Foods has claimed "an improved performance" during the second half of its financial year, reporting a return to sales growth.


Zespri eyes developing markets with Dubai office  29 Mar 2017

New Zealand kiwifruit group Zespri has opened an office in Dubai to manage its sales and marketing programmes in the region and other developing markets. 


BayWa and Al Dahra invest in UAE fresh produce venture 8 Mar 2017

Germany-based agri-food business BayWa and Abu Dhabi-based Al Dahra Holding are investing EUR30m (US$31.6m) in the launch of a joint venture in the UAE capital for the sale of "premium vegetables".


BRF establishes halal unit OneFoods 5 Jan 2017

BRF has formally launched what it claims to be the "world's largest" halal meat company, OneFoods. 


Barilla opens restaurant concept in UAE 30 Nov 2016

Italian food group Barilla, which has three restaurants in the US, has opened its first outlet in the Middle East.


Amira Nature Foods books drop in H1 sales 30 Nov 2016

UAE-based and US-listed packaged rice supplier Amira Nature Foods has booked a 9% fall in half-year sales as a result of reduced pricing and the impact of exchange rates on the group's rupee-denominated India business.


Agthia touts "improving" dairy results 3 Aug 2016

UAE-based food and drink firm Agthia Group has reported higher first-half sales and earnings, pointing to a "strong improvement" in the performance of its dairy business as a factor.


Amira Nature Foods looking forward after "challenging" fiscal year 1 Aug 2016

Amira Nature Foods, the UAE-based and US-listed packaged rice supplier, has filed its results for the year to the end of March, 12 months that saw a change in auditors and the company fight allegations over its financials.

Latest blogs

just-food all set for Gulfood 6 Feb 2015

Dubai is the modern day New York, with its towering skyscrapers and bright lights and tomorrow just-food is again flying over to the city for this year's annual Gulfood exhibition, where food manufacturers convene to build their presence in the city and the wider Middle East.


The Middle East - the next big thing 23 Feb 2014

With emerging markets becoming a central focus for many food companies, there is growing interest in the Middle East and Africa - and this week we are at the Gulfood expo in Dubai to speak to those building their business in the region.