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2016 editions of Gulfood Manufacturing and trio of food events report 10% growth

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Nov 2016

The 2016 editions of Gulfood Manufacturing, the Speciality Food Festival, SEAFEX and the newly-named Yummex Middle East took place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 7-9 November. Collectively, the three shows reported 10% year-on-year growth with more than 700 local, regional and international food suppliers from over 60 countries showcasing thousands of specialist food

Panache International targets Saudi expansion at Gulfood Manufacturing

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Nov 2016

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

UAE food sector sales to reach US $16.7bn by 2020

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Nov 2016

UAE food sales are projected to grow by an annual average of 7.3% between 2015 and 2020, according to a new BMI report commissioned by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The report, released in tandem with the opening of DWTC’s annual trio of specialist foods shows – The Speciality Food Festival, Yummex Middle East and

Italy first Country Partner for The Speciality Food Festival

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Nov 2016

Italy will be the first Country Partner for The Speciality Food Festival, a trade event for gourmet food professionals taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 7-9 November.   More than 35 Italian companies will take part in a national promotion led by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) at the Specialty Food Festival. The Italian

Michelin-starred Alfredo Russo to headline event series in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Nov 2016

Michelin-starred Italian celebrity chef, Alfredo Russo, will headline a series of events being hosted as part of the Italian Cuisine World Summit 2016 at Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers. Taking place in Dubai from 7 – 17 November, the Italian Cuisine World Summit joins over 150,000 visitors with 60 hotels

Abu Dhabi’s Jannah Burj Al Sarab appoints executive chef

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Nov 2016

Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi has appointed executive chef Wafi Halimi. The Corsica born chef grew up in Algeria and brings 17 years of experience, having begun his career in 1999 at Hotel Sheraton Club Des Pins Resort & Tower, Algeria. Commenting on his new role, Halimi said: “My culinary focus is in French

Leaders in F&B Awards sponsor: Emerson

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Nov 2016

BNC Publishing’s Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards will take place at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi on Wednesday 9 November, celebrating excellence and innovation in the Middle East’s restaurant and catering industry Mohamed Karam, senior business development manager, Middle East & Africa, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions / InSinkErator reveals why his company is

Bull&Roo to launch Thai street food-inspired eatery

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Nov 2016

Bull&Roo Hospitality and Investments is set to launch new concept Uncle Jheff, with Thai street food and Southeast Asian-inspired beverages. The company has teamed up with footwear, fashion and lifestyle outlet, Sole DXB to host a pop-up event on 18 – 19 November, offering a taster of the new venue. In addition to food and beverage from Bull&Roo,

UK-founded Portuguese restaurant concept enters UAE market

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Nov 2016

UK-founded Portuguese restaurant concept, Veri Peri, has entered the UAE market following its Middle East debut in Riyadh last year. The first Veri Peri in the country will open at Copthorne Hotel Dubai in Deira this month, with a second outlet scheduled to launch in Motor City in December. Offering an authentic, Portuguese experience, the

Opinion: Next-generation vending

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Nov 2016

Ghida Sarieddine, director of special projects at Royal Catering explains how the humble vending machine has been revamped to offer guilt-free, instant fulfillment. Over the years, the vending machine has undergone quite a transformation – from a coin-operated, junk food icon, to an important distribution strategy for companies looking for a cost-effective way to get their









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