The GCC VAT had got food firms worries. ©iStock

Food firms worry about arrival of Gulf VAT

By RJ Whitehead

A Gulf-wide goods and services tax that will come into effect next year has been one of the main talking points among companies exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing this year, with its ripple effect likely to impact business in the food industry.

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Mazola signs UAE distribution deal as GCC consumption grows

By RJ Whitehead

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.

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Ethical labels worth $2bn in UAE market

By Eliot Beer

Sales of products with ethical labels of some sort reached more than US$2bn in the UAE last year, according to Euromonitor, with recycling and preservatives the main areas of focus.

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Consumers seek Ramadan bargains as UAE ups subsidies

By Eliot Beer

Saudi, UAE and Egyptian shoppers are prepared to switch brands for a bargain even as they increase their food spend during Ramadan—a time when the UAE Ministry of Economy pays US$68m on food subsidies.

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Polish push new apple types to UAE market

By Eliot Beer

Polish apple producers shut out of the Russian market are turning to the UAE, but now face challenges from long-held consumer expectations, according to the head of the Polish Fruit Union.

Siniora CEO: 'This will add to Siniora’s portfolio, to help us continue our growth in the same way as we have in Jordan and Palestine...' ©iStock

Siniora buys UAE’s DMP, eyes GCC growth

By Eliot Beer

Palestinian meat producer Siniora has bought the UAE firm Diamond Meat Processing (DMP) in a deal worth US$17m, in order to expand into the UAE and wider GCC.


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