23-Feb-2015 - UAE consumers are finally becoming wise to the attractions of high-quality coffee, thanks to an influx of knowledgeable roasters and baristas, according to Coffee Planet’s roastmaster.
Two new sugar refinery projects launched in Saudi Arabia this month in Jizan and Yanbu, with a combined value of US$720m and projected capacity of more than 2m tonnes a year.
Dubai’s Al Ghurair Foods is working to promote awareness of local brands in the UAE market as a viable and sustainable choice for local consumers.
Growing numbers of American brands are entering the UAE, according to food distributor Farm Fresh, which is looking to make the most of the new influx.
Tough government regulations on energy drinks means the Saudi Arabian market is a challenging one, but it’s also a land of opportunity for US and European brands, says Euromonitor International.
An Indonesian canned fish producer is aiming to make its entry into the Middle East food market, as Indonesia’s government aims to bolster its national fishing industry.
Dubai-made Signature Snacks have plenty of expansion potential in Europe thanks to favorable labor costs and a central global location, says distributor United Products.
Qatar’s Hassad Food has bought a 33% stake in Oman’s largest poultry producer, A’Saffa Foods, for US$99m.