Barry Callebaut opens new center in Dubai to drive innovation in Middle East chocolate industry

UAE – World leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products Barry Callebaut Group, has inaugurated its relocated Chocolate Academy Center in Dubai.  According to the company, the center, which is now at the foot of the iconic Burj Khalifa, will serve as a creative platform where chefs and artisans can showcase and develop their talent and skills.  The center’s dedicated team of chefs is also expected to continue inspiring and educating the chocolate industry and introducing new techniques to artisans, pastry chefs, confectioners, bakers and caterers.  This, according to Barry, would play an important…

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Mai Dubai partners packaging equipment supplier Sidel to launch AOA’s fastest bottled water production line

UAE – Mai Dubai, the bottled water company fully owned by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has made a landmark milestone with the launch of the fastest bottled water production line in Asia, Oceania, and Africa (AOA) region.  The uber-fast water line was completed in collaboration with Sidel, a leading provider of equipment and services solutions for packaging beverage, food, home, and personal care products in PET, can and glass.  It leverages Sidel’s state-of-the-art ‘Super Combi’ technology to produce a maximum output of 86,000 bottles per hour.  “The maximum output achieved…

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Agthia expands footprint in UAE’s snack market with acquisition of confectionery and healthy food brand BMB Group

UAE – Agthia Group, one of the largest food companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has acquired a 100% stake in Dubai-based confectionery and healthy food brand BMB Group in line with strategy to invest in fast-growing segments of the food and beverage space.   BMB produces and distributes a wide selection of snacks and confectionery including chocolate, Mediterranean sweets and bakery ingredients for its own brand and external partners.  Some of the popular brands under BMB’s portfolio include Asateer, Al Qamar and Freakin’ Healthy. These brands are expected to accelerate the…

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UAE food firm Agthia to become a major force in MENA following merger with Al Foah

UAE – Agthia Group, the UAE-based food and beverages major, has announced the successful completion of its merger with Al Foah, the world’s largest date processing and packaging company. The merger with Abu Dhabi-based Al Foah has catapulted Agthia into becoming a domestic market leader in four essential food and beverage categories namely; water, dates, flour, and animal feed, it said in a statement. As a more robust, diversified, and consumer-centric food and beverage player, Agthia added that it will have an “even stronger platform” to compete across the MENA…

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UAE’s food manufacturing giant IFFCO to build major global manufacturing base after acquiring India’s 3 F Fuji Foods

INDIA – IFFCO, the UAE-based mass manufacturer of food products, has announced plans to build a major global manufacturing base to service customers across various markets. The move is part of the FMCG major’s new initiative to achieve more flexibility in meeting its customers’ needs.  It also follows a recent acquisition of 3 F Fuji Foods- a joint venture of Fuji Oil Group of Japan and the South India-based 3 F Industries which specialises in manufacturing and distribution of a range of cream products across India. IFFCO, whose brands such…

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