Disposables supplier, Panache International, is exhibiting at Gulfood Manufacturing for the seventh year in 2016, with a focus on increasing its distribution networks.
This year the UAE-based company has opened offices in Kenya and the UK, and is now looking to expand in Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to Catering News on the sidelines of Gulfood Manufacturing, Vishaal Shah, CEO of Panache International said: “We are largely in the UAE then in Africa strongly and in Qatar and Kuwait.
“The other countries are still open where we’re looking at finding the right partners. We’d like to be stronger in Saudi Arabia; we just need to get the right partners as we don’t have a fully-fledged distributor there who can carry the range the way we’d like them to.”
Panache International is showcasing its customised coffee cups, clear cups, plastic bags and napkins at the show, in addition to its Raha Sustainable Pulp range.
Shah explained: “The sustainable range is made with real sugarcane pulp that is completely biodegradable, and easy to store, dispose and is perfect for hot and cold foods.
“This is excellent for a market that is relying more and more on the convenience of takeout and delivery food, as we provide cutlery, burrito bowls, plates, rectangular containers and cups with lids that are perfect for taking out food in an environmentally friendly way.”
Panache International, founded in 2005, is based in Dubai Production City, and has a team of 253 staff. The company is growing at a rate of 40-50% annually.
Gulfood Manufacturing is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 7 – 9 November, showcasing ingredients, packaging and logistics related to food.
Panache International’s stall is located in Hall 1, A1 – 4.