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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.

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UK's Meatless Farm Co. launches internationally with UAE venture 14 Feb 2019

The Meatless Farm Co., a UK-based meat alternative business, has revealed plans to export its products overseas.

Fonterra forges UAE distribution deal with Bidfood-owned Horeca Trade 30 Jan 2019

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has tied up a distribution deal in the United Arab Emirates with a foodservice specialist.

Patanjali Ayurved enters partnership with Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Co. 5 Nov 2018

Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Co. (Advoc) has formed a partnership with Patanjali Ayurved to manufacture a range of cooking oils for the Middle Eastern market.

Al Islami Foods sells minority stake to Mitsubishi to expand halal exports 3 May 2018

UAE-based Al Islami Foods has sold a minority stake to Japan's Mitsubishi Corp as the frozen halal meat manufacturer seeks to drive international expansion and growth.

Arla organic milk lands in UAE amid Middle East expansion plans 26 Sep 2017

Arla Foods has launched a first branded organic milk product in the United Arab Emirates, its first such move in the Middle East.

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".

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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.