03-Nov-2014 - Kuwait has the world’s highest percentage of obese people – 42.8% of its population is obese – and the next four fattest countries are also from the Middle East region, according to an updated Food Security Index (FSI).
Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) is working to attract new food producers to the free zone, with pushes in France and Turkey this month.
Food standards authorities in the UAE have released a new ‘Halal National Mark’, in an effort to standardise Halal certification in the country.
Kuwait food producer and distributor Mezzan Holding is planning to list on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE), offering 30% of its shares for sale.
Al Ain Water has opened a new high-tech US$24.5m bottling plant which will boost the firm’s bottled water production by 20 million cases a year.
Qatar has agreed to allow imports of Canadian beef, effective immediately, as other meat producers continue to lobby regional governments.
Saudi Arabia has imported 50,000 tonnes of barley from Britain, the UK farming co-operative organisation Openfield announced.
The economic recovery is not as strong, or as widespread, as many people would like and producers are looking to drive their products into industries or countries which may have different coding and marking requirements, either legislative or industry-specific, says Linx Printing Technologies.