19-Oct-2016 - The Middle East’s packaging industry is undergoing rapid transformation with increasing demand for sophisticated automated solutions.
Participation at the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing show has increased by more than a third over last year, according to Dubai World Trade Centre, the organiser of Gulfood Manufacturing.
Global sales of halal products have surged in recent years, yet the potential for further growth, both in Islamic and non-Islamic countries, remains vast.
Two-thirds residents in the UAE and Saudi Arabia look out for healthy products, seeing them as a priority ahead of less healthy equivalents.
With just 100,000 Muslims among a population of 127m, its perhaps little surprise that halal products have not been the top priority for Japan’s food manufacturers.
Changes to management of feed barley imports and distribution in Saudi Arabia should increase transparency, says US Grains Council.
Cartons manufacturer Tetra Pak has opened the first customer innovation centre in the region which will experiment with food and beverage concepts.