Pet food market in MEA region holds great potential following rise in pet ownership – Eurominitor

MEA – The COVID-19 pandemic, social media, increasing consumer education and awareness and growth of ecommerce are some of the factors driving the sales of pet food in the Middle East and Africa.  A new Euromonitor International report, Emerging Market for Dog Food in Middle East and Africa, notes that despite the region being the smallest market, it has posted strong growth in sale of pet foods over recent years. The market is largely untapped due to the historic restrictions and perceptions. For instance, countries in the region are dominated…

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Eat Just to build the first-ever cultivated meat facility in the Middle East and Northern Africa

QATAR – Alternative protein company Eat Just is set to build a cell-cultured meat facility in Qatar which will be the first-ever facility of its kind in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.  To make the project a success, Eat Just, Inc. has signed a collaborative agreement with Doha Venture Capital (DVC) and the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA).  Thanks to the collaboration, the facility will be located in the Umm Alhoul Free Zone, one of two free zones overseen and regulated by QFZA, with direct access to Hamad Port, Qatar’s main seaport.  The new facility  is expected…

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Indian internet restaurant startup Rebel Foods bets on Middle East in race to achieve unicorn status

MIDDLE EAST – Rebel Foods, an India-based virtual restaurant chain, is betting on the Middle East to deliver the necessary business required to make it a US$1 billion food delivery business.  Towards this goal, the company which already has a major presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has set in motion an aggressive three year expansion plan in the region mainly targeting GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries.  According to a report by Arabian Business, the online food major, which owns popular dark kitchen brands such as Faasos, Behrouz Biryani and Oven Story, plans to expand into Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and…

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