VIDEO: Northern Ireland targets hospitality sector for 2018

by Staff writer | 26 Feb 2018

Speaking on the side-lines of Gulfood last week, Invest Northern Ireland said trade to the UAE is growing year on year. “At the moment we are up by over 10% from last year in our food and beverage export and 90% in the dairy sector alone,” Karl Devlin, business development manager- Middle East and Hong

Latin Fruit Bar HOLA Opens in La Mer

by Staff writer | 26 Feb 2018

Inspired by the vibrant Latin American flair, HOLA is the latest addition to the beachfront development, La Mer. Offering a selection of fruit based delicacies, Dubai’s first fruit bar HOLA was conceptualised by Emirati brothers Ali and Yousef Karmostaji as a result of Ali’s frequent visits to Latin America. Inspired by the passionate fruit street

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa welcomes new Executive Chef

by Staff writer | 25 Feb 2018

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa has appointed Clive Micallef as its new Executive Chef. Bringing almost two decades of international hospitality and restaurant experience ranging from Malta and United Kingdom to the United Arab Emirates, Chef Clive will be overseeing the culinary operations for the resort’s banquet, in-room dining services, outside catering and

Italian food export to the UAE reaches over $350 million

by Staff writer | 25 Feb 2018

More than 190 Italian companies took part in the Italian Food Lab at Gulfood this year. Displaying products from cheese, coffee and pasta to agricultural produce, Italian exhibitors at Gulfood are looking to benefit from the growing trade in the region. “According to recent reports, the food and beverage sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council

M&S launches new vegetarian range of products in the Gulf

by Staff writer | 25 Feb 2018

The food and beverage branch of the outlet has created a new range of products for vegetarians, flexitarians and consumers looking for plant based food products. Building on the growing demand of healthy eating, Marks & Spencer has launched their Veggie range, which includes a selection of dishes like the Edamame Bean Burgers and Sweetcorn

VIDEO: TSSC targets new restaurant and hotel openings before Expo 2020

by Staff writer | 25 Feb 2018

TSSC is looking to build on the growth in demand leading up to Dubai Expo 2020. Speaking on the sidelines of Gulfood 2018, Bahar said: “There are 1600 new restaurants coming to the UAE in the next year so we are looking at that and understand that Dubai Expo 2020 is around the corner too.

VIDEO: Super foods is the next step for Peru

by Staff writer | 22 Feb 2018

After growing 69% in food trade to the UAE in 2017, Peru aims to achieve more than 100% growth this year. Speaking to Catering News Middle East on the side-lines of Gulfood 2018, Alvaro Silva-Santisteban, director, Peru Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism said: “Last year we did not just meet our monthly targets but

Cherry Rocher aims to build strong Gulf Market

by Staff writer | 21 Feb 2018

After exporting their first shipment to the region last year, the French syrup brand is looking to fill the gap of quality competition. “There are a few key players in the region, some of them are French and have been dealing here for quite some years,” Cyrille Guegaden, export manager North Europe, Asia, Pacific for

VIDEO: Agthia group is Vitamin D strong in the region

by Staff writer | 20 Feb 2018

Launched earlier this month, Al Ain Plus Vitamin D aims to address Vitamin D deficiency in the UAE. “Al Ain Vitamin D has been developed through consumer insights and talking to the regulatory health authorities because 80% of the people in the UAE suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. “We try to find products that are

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