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THE ECONOMY - FOOD

Al Ain Dairy invests in new farm and factory

Posted on 13/11/2013

Al Ain Dairy is set to boost production with a Dh400 million investment in a new farm and factory in Al Ain. With milk prices across the Emirates controlled by the Government, dairy producers are eager to focus on improving manufacturing efficiency to boost margins. "The market is growing organically at about 8 per cent,” said Shashi Kumar Menon, the chief operating officer at Al Ain Dairy. "Therefore our profits can only grow at between 6 and 8 per cent. About 98 per cent of what we feed a ...  >>MORE

UAE tops in per capita food consumption

Posted on 22/10/2013

According to Alpen Capital's revised 2013 GCC Food Industry Report, the GCC region will consume 49.1 million tonnes of food annually by the end of 2017, with the UAE to be the largest consumer in per capita terms. "Population growth, increasing income per capita and a booming tourism industry are the main drivers of food consumption in the GCC region, while food is currently the largest segment of consumer expenditure in the entire region. All reports indicate a fast growing market, with ...  >>MORE

Emirati obtains Food Scientist Certification from International Food Policy Research Institute

Posted on 15/08/2013

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has granted a World Food Certification to Yousef Al-Saadi, an employee at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA). Al-Saadi is the first Emirati and the third specialist of foods in the Arab world, who got the General International Certificate in the areas of food science. The ADFCA has attributed this achievement to the interest of the Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime ...  >>MORE

‘Camelicious’ milk to sell in Europe

Posted on 07/07/2013

The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (EICMP), producer of the leading camel milk brand ‘Camelicious', commenced sending its first products to various countries in the European Union. After the company's official listing on the website of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission (SANCO), becoming the first Middle Eastern company to export camel milk products to the European Union, the first smaller quantities of camel milk powder, fresh ...  >>MORE

Halal mark a must for all food products in UAE

Posted on 19/05/2013

All food products claiming to be Halal need to have a Halal mark and certification from next year, a senior official from the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (Esma) has said. The announcement comes as part of a Halal regulations package, which will also include Halal certification for cosmetics and perfumes as well as clothes and accessories. "It is His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai's dream to ...  >>MORE

UAE’s Esma bans sale of water without Emirates Quality Mark

Posted on 19/05/2013

From September this year, the quality of bottled drinking water and ice products can be verified by checking whether the product has been approved by the Emirates Standardisation Metrology Authority (Esma), in which case it will contain the Emirates Quality Mark. Imported and locally produced bottled water and ice products will soon be required to be manufactured to conform with the unified standards that will be set by Esma. This decision has been taken by the UAE Cabinet and will be ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality implements Food Code for Dubai food establishments

Posted on 27/03/2013

Dubai eateries and other food establishments have a comprehensive food code from yesterday which they have to adopt to ensure international standards of food safety are followed. With the Municipality releasing the code, Dubai became first in the region to produce such a guideline that could be used by the entire food industry. "Dubai's vision is to establish a world-class food safety system that helps provide safe food to the residents and the several millions that visit the Emirate each ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality launches iFood initiative

Posted on 11/03/2013

The Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality has recently launched the iFood initiative. The initiative, which was announced during Gulfood 2013 is aimed at simplifying the procedures to get information related to the food safety and expanding the circle of spreading the requirements, procedures and guidance related to food safety in the emirate of Dubai by uploading these documents into a number of iPads. Eng. Khalid Mohammed Sherif, Director of Food Control Department, said: 'The iPad ...  >>MORE

UAE prioritises food security

Posted on 27/02/2013

A reduction in food waste could feed most of the one billion hungry people worldwide every day. One in every seven people are starving every day in different parts of the world — while growing food waste due to lack of infrastructure and food habits remains a concern for world leaders. The United States generates 90 billion pounds of food wastes annually that could feed all the hungry people in Africa, officials say. "A large amount of food is wasted in India due to lack of infrastructure to ...  >>MORE

Taste of local harvest catches on in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/02/2013

Abu Dhabi residents can now purchase fresh produce directly from local farmers thanks to an initiative by a government agency. The Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC), which is behind the farmers market in Shahama on Fridays, is working on ways to open similar outlets for farm produce in more residential areas soon, an official spokesman of ADFSC told Gulf News. Emirati farmers could be seen selling fresh vegetables, dates, eggs, honey and live birds directly to customers at the market ...  >>MORE

UAE and Dubai obtain EU Commission approval

Posted on 10/02/2013

The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products (EICMP), producer of the leading camel milk products ‘Camelicious', announced that the UAE and Dubai have received final approval from the European Commission as per Commission Regulation (EU) No 605/2010 to become the first country in the Middle East to export dairy products to the European Union. The EU Commission ratified the camel milk safety plan presented by EICMP (Camelicious) and confirmed its compliance to the EU's food safety and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate

Posted on 24/01/2013

Plans are underway for wheat cultivation in Abu Dhabi in addition to a number of other crops, a senior official told Gulf News on Wednesday. As part of a research project, about 100 varieties of wheat used for the production of flour used to make bread were cultivated in Al Ain region in early November last year, and the initial results were positive, Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, director of communication and community service at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), said. The research ...  >>MORE

UAE's first camel cheese to hit supermarket shelves

Posted on 03/01/2013

The UAE's first commercial batch of camel-milk cheese is expected to hit supermarket shelves as early as next week. After a year of test production, White Gold cheese will be sold in supermarkets including Geant, Hyper Panda, Abu Dhabi Co-operative, Union Co-operative and Sharjah Co-operative in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. "Finding the right design and packaging took time," said Muhammad Ashraf, assistant sales manager at Camelicious, which makes the cheese. There are three varieties: ...  >>MORE

National Geography’s Megafactories show to feature Almarai food, beverage company

Posted on 17/09/2012

National Geographic Abu Dhabi's Megafactories will feature a Middle Eastern company for the first time. Almarai, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Riyadh, is the region's largest food and beverage producer. They use ingenious techniques to keep cows cool in the desert heat and deliver milk to shops across the region every day through the highly acclaimed series ‘Megafactories' on September 17, after featuring major global brands like Coca-Cola, Ferrari, and IKEA, KSA. Tune in on Monday to ...  >>MORE

Camel milking machine is cream of the crop

Posted on 15/09/2012

The UAE's biggest camel farm says it is managing to produce far more milk since it introduced its Dh4.2million automated camel-milking machine. Al Ain Dairy Company installed the machines three months ago. Since then, its 1,200 camels have been producing 5 per cent more milk. "It's been working well so far," said Shashi Kumar Menon, Al Ain Dairy's chief operating officer. "We milk between 18 to 20 camels a day." The portable milking machines have proven safer than hand milking, which can be ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Foreign Trade: Promising Opportunities for UAE Food Exporters

Posted on 09/09/2012

The Ministry of Foreign Trade (MOFT) has announced that the UAE's food manufacturing industries are achieving rapid growth and are witnessing an increase in their exports, which are penetrating many world countries. MOFT said that the country's world-renowned dates and dates products, which are produced in accordance with the high food manufacturing standards adopted in the UAE, are leading this regard. Mr. Mohammed Nasser Hamdan Al Za'abi, head of the Trade Promotion Department at the ...  >>MORE

UAE to bring 10 more products under Esma guidelines

Posted on 30/07/2012

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma) is monitoring ten product categories to protect consumer experience, the environment and the national market. Earlier, Esma issued new guidelines for the import, manufacturing and distribution of energy drinks to make the consumption of these products safer to our health. Included in these guidelines is the requirement of an approved health warning sticker displayed on each product, as well as the instruction that the products be ...  >>MORE

UAE residents to spend more to eat

Posted on 29/07/2012

Hamad Bu Amim, Director General of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "Food security is a very important issue for the UAE. The country imports the vast majority of its food and so establishing strong partnerships with key food producing nations is vital.” Last year, UAE food consumption was valued at Dh26.5 billion and this is forecast to rise to Dh34.8 billion by 2016. At the same time, per capita food consumption is expected to increase from Dh3,527 last year to Dh4,156 in ...  >>MORE

UAE's Agthia achives 38pc profit rise in H1

Posted on 28/07/2012

The UAE-based food and beverage group Agthia announced that it has achieved a 38pc increase in net profits in the first half of the year in comparison with the same period in the preceding year. The total net profit of the group stood at Dh56million in this period, showed the figures released by Agthia. The company, whose products include Al Ain bottled water, Capri-Sun juices, Chiquita juices and Yoplait dairy products, said that net sales during the period rose to Dhs642 million, a 15 per ...  >>MORE

Burger sales beefed up at UAE McDonald's

Posted on 25/07/2012

McDonald's is more popular than ever across the Emirates as fast-food fanatics increasingly buy more burgers. The upsurge comes despite the US restaurant chain reporting weak growth in other parts of the world. The McDonald's Corporation reported lower than expected global profits on Monday for the second quarter of the year and warned growth at established restaurants would slow this month. But the brand's local franchise, Emirates Fast Food, said that slowdown was not applicable to the ...  >>MORE

UAE coffee and tea consumption goes up by 85 per cent in three years

Posted on 16/07/2012

The UAE has registered an 85 per cent increase in coffee and tea consumption during the last three years, while the coffee and tea consumption in the Arab world has more than tripled over the last decade. According to the latest coffee statistics from the International Coffee Organisation, on a global scale, about 1.4 billion cups of coffee are poured a day. Jose Settee, head of Operations at the ICO said, "It's that new consumers are being turned onto the bean. Even when times are hard, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality warns of syringe chocolate

Posted on 27/06/2012

Dubai Municipality has warned against consuming the unauthorised 'Syringe Chocolate' being promoted via social network websites. The Municipality's Food Control Department summoned the company which confirmed that it does not produce such type of products and that it has nothing to do with the promotional campaign. The Municipality advised the public to purchase food products from authorised establishments only as they get approval for all food items, apart from to the periodic check up by the ...  >>MORE

Camel milk flavours hit the shelves

Posted on 30/04/2012

Six flavours of camel milk have made their way to supermarket shelves across the country, offering a nutritious alternative to consumers. The camel milk has been launched by Al Ain Dairy, a leading dairy producer in the UAE, under the brand name of Camelait. The six flavours are date, cardamom, rose, chocolate, saffron and laban available in 250ml PET bottles. The product has been made with 100 per cent pure fresh pasteurised camel milk, contains less than 2 per cent fat and natural fruit ...  >>MORE

Drinking water withdrawn from Abu Dhabi markets for non-compliance with safety rules

Posted on 28/03/2012

As per instructions from the Ministry of Environment and Water, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has taken steps to withdraw containers of Masafi water which were not compliant with the specifications. The containers withdrawn were 500 ml bottles with a manufacturing date and expiry date of 17.2.2012 and 16.2.2013 respectively. The action on the water was due to its containing bromide beyond the permitted levels. ADFCA was in touch with the company to follow up on the recall. ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Dairy will introduce dessert in four flavours

Posted on 19/03/2012

Al Ain Dairy, one of the leading producer of dairy products in the UAE, is planning to introduce a new variety of ice cream created from something different camel milk. It will be the first such product made out of camel milk in the country in flavours hitherto unavailable in conventional ice cream products. "We have spent a lot of time creating flavours that we feel are different and most importantly not available in the market," Abdullah Saif Al Darmaki, the CEO of Al Ain Dairy, was quoted ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi promotes local vegetables, fruits

Posted on 21/02/2012

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has allocated free platforms in the Fruits and Vegetables Market in Al Mina for selling locally-produced vegetables and fruits and allowed Emirati farmers to store their products in cold storages against nominal fees in a bid to support them and protect the home-grown produce. The municipality also called on traders to show commitment towards buying local produce when available. It provided a special hangar for retail sales encompassing 68 shaded outlets to ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality obtains first international accreditation credential

Posted on 20/02/2012

Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality has obtained the international standards ISO17020 of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). This certification will be delivered to the Food Control Department during the opening session of 7th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, which will start on Tuesday with the participation of more than 1300 professionals from more than 60 countries worldwide. Eng. Khalid Sharif Al Awadi, Director of Food Control Department ...  >>MORE

Ensuring food security of the UAE

Posted on 19/02/2012

Because of its arid climate and paucity of arable land, the UAE relies heavily on imports for its basic commodities and other food. According to a report by Alpen Capital, contribution of agriculture was only 0.9 per cent of the UAE's GDP. "In the UK, 24 per cent of the land is available for agriculture while in the UAE it is only 1 per cent. Even where land is available, the GCC countries face severe water shortages,” said Dr Ashraf Mahate, head of export market intelligence at Dubai ...  >>MORE

Research on to develop new fodder

Posted on 15/01/2012

In a move to develop indigenous salinity–resistant fodder, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has embarked on a new research project in association with the UAE University's Faculty of Food and Agriculture. As part of the project, around 150 gene types of wild plants that grow naturally in the UAE with varying degrees of salinity will be studied in comparison to the Rhodes grass. The move is part of the authority's efforts to support food security policies in the emirate and aims ...  >>MORE

UAE food re-exports up by 16.5% in 2010

Posted on 14/11/2011

The UAE's food re-exports rose by more than 16.5% in the year 2010, according to the latest trade figures from the Ministry of Foreign Trade released ahead of SIAL Middle East 2011. The total value of food re-exports from the UAE reached Dh8.1billion in 2010. MoFT's report shows that UAE's re-exported food goods had presence in 140 markets around the world. Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait dominate 73.2% of the UAE's total food ...  >>MORE

World Food Day marked

Posted on 16/10/2011

The World Food Day is celebrated by the world each year on 16 October, which coincides with the anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO on 16 October 1945. The World Food Day aims at raising awareness of efforts to combat hunger around the world. This year's World Food Day theme is: "Food Prices - From Crisis to Stability," which is chosen to shed light on food prices upswings, which pushed millions of people around the world into extreme ...  >>MORE

EU vows to help UAE promote food safety

Posted on 27/09/2011

The European Union is willing to work with the UAE to promote food safety and to empower consumers to make healthy food choices, a senior health official said. John Dalli, European commissioner for health and consumer policy, said "reformulation" of food products was also an important issue and food manufacturers in the EU have been pushed to reduce, sugar, salt and fat content. Food manufacturers and fast food groups have been brought on board recently to help fight deadly non-communicable ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi targets 40% fruit, vegetable market share

Posted on 26/09/2011

ADFSC targets to achieve a 40% presence of locally-produced fruits and vegetables in the markets of the Emirate by 2015 and reduce 40% water consumption by 2013. The Abu Dhabi Farmer's Services Centre (ADFSC) targets to achieve a 40 per cent presence of locally-produced fruits and vegetables in the markets of the Emirate by 2015 and reduce 40 per cent water consumption by 2013. This was stated by Khalifa Al Ali, Managing Director and Board Member of FSC, while officially launching ...  >>MORE

Local vegetables, fruits in Abu Dhabi compliant with pesticide residue regulations

Posted on 12/09/2011

A study by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority's laboratories confirmed that vegetables and fruits produced last year in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi were compliant with regulations governing the presence of pesticide residues in agricultural produce. The conclusion was on the basis of randomly selected samples from various markets in the emirate. In regard to the presence of pesticide residues in imported vegetables and fruits, 96 percent of all the samples were in compliance with the accepted ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans to boost food output

Posted on 08/08/2011

Abu Dhabi's new initiative to support more farms in the emirate is expected to increase production of quality vegetables, fruits and meat. The initiative gains relevance in the wake of increasing global food prices and experts advising customers to go for cheaper but high quality locally produced foods to control the household budget. Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Centre (ADFSC) has extended its services throughout the emirate since the beginning of this month, officials announced at a press ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority launches Smart Shopper Campaign

Posted on 28/07/2011

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) launched yesterday the 'Smart Shopper' Campaign. This initiative, which comes as part of its food safety campaign planned for this summer, is line with ADFCA's mandate to leverage food safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The campaign aims to educate consumers on the safest food shopping practices, encouraging and motivating them to follow these practices via highlighting the benefits of adopting safe shopping practices. Besides, the campaign will shed ...  >>MORE

UAE 'well-protected' from killer E coli outbreak

Posted on 07/06/2011

Food safety officials are confident the UAE will avoid contamination from the deadly E.coli outbreak that has killed 23 people in Europe and left thousands ill. Stringent food testing procedures remain in place, and supermarkets say their produce is sourced locally or from other countries in the Middle East. Scientists in Germany, where most of the deaths occurred, initially blamed imported Spanish cucumbers for the outbreak, but subsequently traced the bacterium to bean sprouts from a farm ...  >>MORE

UAE imports 98 per cent cucumbers from outside of European Union, Ministry of Foreign Trade

Posted on 05/06/2011

Ministry of Foreign Trade (MOFT), says that 98% of all Cucumber imports into the UAE come from outside of the European Union (EU), leaving only 2% that do come from the economic bloc. According to the data of the ministry released yesterday the two European countries that the UAE imports cucumbers are Spain and Holland, with no such imports from Germany or Denmark, which are the two countries that the Ministry of Environment and Water has imposed a temporary cucumber imports ban on as a ...  >>MORE

UAE bans cucumber imports from four European countries

Posted on 02/06/2011

The UAE yesterday imposed a temporary ban on import of cucumbers from a number of European countries including Spain, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. A resolution issued by Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, stipulates that other produce of vegetables imported from these countries will be allowed into the countries provided that importers present a health certificate stating they are free from E.coli bacteria. The ban was based on information received from ...  >>MORE

No concerns about contaminated vegetables in UAE, retailers say

Posted on 01/06/2011

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has confirmed that there are no contaminated vegetables in Abu Dhabi, a senior official told Gulf News Tuesday. "In view of the reported outbreak of E.coli in Europe [allegedly from Spanish vegetables], the ADFCA would like to assure the general public that Abu Dhabi market is free from the contaminated vegetables," Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, said. E.coli contamination The suspected ...  >>MORE

UAE is closely monitoring and testing food coming from Japan: Environment Minister

Posted on 27/03/2011

The UAE has taken precautionary measures for monitoring and testing food items imported from Japan and its neighbouring countries to ensure they are not contaminated with radiation, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has affirmed. The measures are in light of recent developments in Japan ' A group of national laboratories are conducting these tests,' he said while addressing a ceremony hosted by the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology to mark the ...  >>MORE

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Al Ain Dairy invests in new farm and factory


UAE tops in per capita food consumption


Emirati obtains Food Scientist Certification from International Food Policy Research Institute


‘Camelicious’ milk to sell in Europe


Halal mark a must for all food products in UAE


UAE’s Esma bans sale of water without Emirates Quality Mark


Dubai Municipality implements Food Code for Dubai food establishments


Dubai Municipality launches iFood initiative


UAE prioritises food security


Taste of local harvest catches on in Abu Dhabi


UAE and Dubai obtain EU Commission approval


Abu Dhabi explores wheat cultivation in the emirate


UAE's first camel cheese to hit supermarket shelves


National Geography’s Megafactories show to feature Almarai food, beverage company


Camel milking machine is cream of the crop


Ministry of Foreign Trade: Promising Opportunities for UAE Food Exporters


UAE to bring 10 more products under Esma guidelines


UAE residents to spend more to eat


UAE's Agthia achives 38pc profit rise in H1


Burger sales beefed up at UAE McDonald's


UAE coffee and tea consumption goes up by 85 per cent in three years


Dubai Municipality warns of syringe chocolate


Camel milk flavours hit the shelves


Drinking water withdrawn from Abu Dhabi markets for non-compliance with safety rules


Al Ain Dairy will introduce dessert in four flavours


Abu Dhabi promotes local vegetables, fruits


Dubai Municipality obtains first international accreditation credential


Ensuring food security of the UAE


Research on to develop new fodder


UAE food re-exports up by 16.5% in 2010


World Food Day marked


EU vows to help UAE promote food safety


Abu Dhabi targets 40% fruit, vegetable market share


Local vegetables, fruits in Abu Dhabi compliant with pesticide residue regulations


Abu Dhabi plans to boost food output


Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority launches Smart Shopper Campaign


UAE 'well-protected' from killer E coli outbreak


UAE imports 98 per cent cucumbers from outside of European Union, Ministry of Foreign Trade


UAE bans cucumber imports from four European countries


No concerns about contaminated vegetables in UAE, retailers say


UAE is closely monitoring and testing food coming from Japan: Environment Minister