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Why Is the Middle East hungry? Blame armed conflict

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18-May-2016 - Armed conflict and revolutions have halted and in some cases reverse progress made by Middle Eastern and North African countries in reaching the UN’s development goals. 

PE fund acquires Middle East operator of Cinnabon and Seattle’s Best

Fajr Capital, a private equity investor in high-growth markets across the Middle East and Asia, has completed its acquisition of Cravia Group, one of the fastest-growing food and beverage platforms in the Middle East.

Canadian home hydroponics start-up finds UAE distributor

Urban Cultivator has appointed Italian Food Masters as its sole distributor to supply its hydroponic gardening appliances to consumers and food service operators in the United Emirates.

GNT opens colours base for GCC market

Global colours major GNT Group has opened an affiliate office in Dubai to service GCC countries which, the company says, are “becoming aware of the need for real colour solutions”. 

Spotlight on Turkish regulation: 'It's an easy market to enter'

Harmonisation of Turkish and EU food law make it an easy and attractive market for foreign companies, but on issues that affect public health - such as nutrient profiles, health claims, GM food and salt reduction - the country is forging its own path. FoodNavigator caught up with one regulatory expert to...

Gulf food companies see declines in first-quarter figures

Savola Group, Saudi Arabia’s biggest food producer, reported a 80.3% fall in first-quarter net profits, missing analysts’ forecasts and after an exceptional gain made a year ago.

Iranian meat suppliers experience export problems to CIS

Despite hopes from Iranian meat exporters that they could increase supplies to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), deliveries to the region, including most of the post-Soviet Union area, are not yet happening.