France tops list of cheese imports to the UAE

by Mahak Mannan | 12 Jul 2018

The UAE imported over 18,000 tonnes of European cheese in 2017, of which French cheese accounted for a total of 2,725 tonnes. The UAE is one of the largest importers of European cheese according to the latest statistics from the European Union (EU), with 18,485 tonnes imported. Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Kuwait also underscored

Elle & Vire launches French Touch Challenge

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Jul 2018

The French brand is calling on chefs to participate in a global competition. Chefs and culinary students can stand a chance to win a host of difference prizes by taking part in a culinary competition. The prizes include $1000 worth of De Buyer kitchen utensils, a KitchenAid professional mixer, and $500 worth of Elle &

Renowned French pastry chef hosts cream masterclass

by Mahak Mannan | 21 May 2018

French pastry chef Nicolas Bacheyre, executive pastry chef at Un Dimanche à Paris, a French chocolate shop, pâtisserie, restaurant, lounge and chocolate salon, recently held a workshop for select chefs at an event hosted by the European Union and the Centre National Interprofessionel de l’Economie Laitière (CNIEL). Taking place at Carine, Emirates Golf Club, Bacheyre

Petit Dejeuner at Parlour Boutique

by Mahak Mannan | 02 Apr 2018

A medley of pastries, eggs and more, the French dining venue has recently launched their new breakfast menu. From the light acai smoothie bowl to parlour fluffy pancakes, with pecans and Canadian maple butter and french toast with red fruits and chantilly cream, the new menu features a wide range of breakfast favourites. The avocado

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: CNIEL set to expand business at Gulfood 2018

by Staff Writer | 18 Feb 2018

French dairy products are becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East among both consumers and businesses according to the French Dairy Interbranch Organisation (CNIEL). “French cream in particular is becoming popular because in the UAE, people like cakes and you need fresh cream make French cakes and the French pastry batter is very delicate too.

Freshly-assembled sandwich solution arrives in Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2017

Croust’wich, a new product from France that creates freshly assembled sandwiches, is on show at GulfHost this week. The patented concept, which is not a franchise, is expanding globally with 1400 points of sale worldwide. Sophie Fry, export sales manager at Orequip, the company behind the concept, said: “It’s a new way to manage the

Cover story: Going Off-Piste

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Feb 2017

From Bistro Des Arts founders Jonathan Vercoutere and Julien Pilard comes Publique, Dubai’s first après-ski gathering hub  Jonathan Vercoutere and Julien Pilard are opposites in every way, and not just in terms of appearance. While Jonathan comes from Lille on France’s border with Belgium, Julien is from Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera.

Chez Charles reveals details of first restaurant

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

Premium catering company, Chez Charles has revealed more details of its first restaurant, which is set to open in Dubai Design District (D3) in the first quarter of 2017. The contemporary brasserie will serve wholesome French cuisine with a diverse menu offering light dishes and rich and indulgent French favourites paired with a selection of grape and cocktails.

Interview: Quintessence

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Dec 2016

Alexandre Pugnet, managing director of Quintessence, the newly opened UAE branch of a family-run French shellfish and crustacean business, introduces his products to the Middle East market   Why did you set up Quintessence? Quintessence represents a three-generation family business savoir-faire from Brittany, a passion for great quality seafood, caught, produced and farmed with true

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