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YouGov names Almarai as Saudi’s favourite brand

27-Jul-2016 - Local dairy major Almarai was named Saudi Arabia’s favourite brand in the YouGov 2016 Mid-year BestBrand rankings, alongside Emirates airline in the UAE and Facebook in Egypt.

Thousands of chickens killed in Iraq bird flu virus

More than half a million birds have died thanks to a highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain that has torn through Baghdad and Wasit in Iraq. 

Mazola signs UAE distribution deal as GCC consumption grows

Global cooking oil major Mazola is placing its focus on expanding even further into the Middle East’s growing non-retail sector by appointing Farm Fresh as its new distributor for food-service business in the UAE.

AIS claims Middle East’s biggest food plant after opening extension

One of the Middle East’s biggest food importers has unveiled the region’s largest production factory. The new Arab & India Spices plant in Ajman was built with an investment of AED350m (US$95m).

Qatar could see ‘sin tax’ once VAT is introduced

Qatar could see the introduction of “sin taxes” as the government seeks new ways to fund spending over the next three years, according to a ministerial report.

Gulf multinationals commit to phase out trans fats by 2019

Several Gulf-based global food and beverage companies have have embraced a commitment to phase-out trans-fat in their Middle East products.

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