Bridor launches gluten-free range at Gulfood

by Dina Maaty | 28 Feb 2016

French Bakery supplier Bridor showcased its newly launched range of gluten-free products at Gulfood, which took place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 21 – 25 February. The company’s new range includes two bread rolls, one brioche and one madeleine, which are individually packed to avoid contamination with products that contain wheat. “Gluten-free is no

Tony Billingham promoted to group CEO of Boncafe

by Dina Maaty | 28 Feb 2016

Tony Billingham has been named group CEO, Boncafe, in the final part of the company’s restructure since its acquisition two years ago. In his new role, Tony will be based between Dubai and Singapore, leading Boncafe’s major operations and the country managers in other territories. Explaining the scope of his new role, Tony said: “We

Falcon named distributor of Fabbri Gelato

by Dina Maaty | 28 Feb 2016

Fabbri Gelato, the 111 year old Italian gelato and pastry arm of the wider Fabbri 1905 company, is to be distributed in the UAE by Falcon Professional Kitchen LLC. The signing represents the beginning of Fabbri’s “transformation of distribution channels” which has seen the business divided into three units – beverages, gelato and pastry, and

Levantine restaurant Zaroob to open in Sharjah

by Dina Maaty | 26 Feb 2016

Zuhour Group’s Levantine restaurant brand Zaroob is set to open in Sharjah. A number of branches are already operating in Dubai, with locations on Sheikh Zayed Road, Palm Jumeirah and Global Village, and plans for further outlets. The menu includes dishes from across the Levant region and will have live cooking stations, an open kitchen

Largest Café Bateel in the world opens in Riyadh

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

Gourmet food business Bateel International has opened Café Bateel in the retail and residential Olaya district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new venue is the largest café in the global Bateel portfolio, covering almost 9,000ft2 and seating up to 350 guests. The café also features a rooftop terrace and will serve up breakfast lunch and

New executive chef for Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

Kim Gates has been appointed as the new executive chef at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Chef Gates will supervise Thai Silk & Spice, Corniche all day dining; French bakery corner, Le Café lobby lounge, Club Millésime executive lounge, and Grills @ Chill’O, for which he has introduced a new Friday brunch concept by the pool.

India’s Sangeetha restaurant opens eighth UAE outlet in Deira

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

South Indian vegetarian restaurant Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant has opened a new branch at Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, marking its eighth UAE opening, 47th globally, and its first mall restaurant. The Chennai-based brand has been in the UAE for 15 years, and is franchised in the GCC and Hong Kong by and in partnership with LMZ

Asbah launches new basmati rice concept for retail sector at Gulfood 2016

by Dina Maaty | 24 Feb 2016

After a successful global launch at Gulfood 2015, Asbah is set to launch its retail products in the local market after exhibiting at this year’s Gulfood trade show. The Indian brand which is popular within the Asian community for its long-grain basmati rice,  is set to launch its “premium quality” Basmati Rice which will be

Abu Dhabi to Get UAE’s First Kababji Express

by Dina Maaty | 24 Feb 2016

Lebanese food chain Kababji Grill is to open its first UAE Kababji Express fast service concept in Abu Dhabi before the end of March, marking the first Kababji Express outside of Lebanon. Dubai-based Eathos will open the outlet under a master franchise agreement. Eathos CEO Faysal Younes said: “Abu Dhabi with its large Levantine and

F&B entrepreneurs warn new players to “lose the ego”

by Dina Maaty | 24 Feb 2016

Panellists at the Start-up Advice for the F&B Entrepreneur discussion at the Gulfood Conference advised new F&B business operators to be humble, to take advice from the right people, and to negotiate carefully with partners in order to successfully enter the market. Samer S. Hamadeh and Ziad Kamel, co-founders and managing partners of Aegis Hospitality; Karl

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