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The Middle East: identifying growth

Briefing: Middle East: The halal food challenge in the Middle East

Briefing: Middle East: The halal food challenge in the Middle East

With 317 million Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa, demand for halal meat is ever increasing and the opportunity for importers is huge. However, the lack of a global standard means there is confusion surrounding what qualifies as halal. Supplying 'halal' meat to the region is therefore a far more complex task than one might imagine. Paul Cochrane explores.

Briefing: Middle East: Interview: Al Rawabi’s foray into functional dairy

Briefing: Middle East: Interview: Al Rawabi’s foray into functional dairy

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

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

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

Briefing: The Middle East: FrieslandCampina eyes expansion

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.