Gulfood 2016

Bahraja General Trading targets expansion beyond Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Feb 2016

Bahraja General Trading is looking to target more five-star hotels, palaces and hospitality companies in the GCC, however its key focus is tapping into markets outside of the region. “We are looking to tap into markets across the GCC but now also want to expand more in the Maldives and Africa – we’re looking for

Boiron launches semi-candied fruit at Gulfood

by Dina Maaty | 29 Feb 2016

French frozen fruit manufacturer Les Vergers Boiron launched a new range of semi-candied fruit products at Gulfood, primarily for use in bakery applications, bread, brioches and travel cakes. The company has been working with Chef Middle East for more than 10 years to distribute its products throughout the region, and is now focusing on working

Al Rawdah targets horeca segment with fresh chicken products

by Dina Maaty | 28 Feb 2016

Al Rawdah (Emirates Modern Poultry) is targeting the horeca segment with its range of fresh chicken products, including cold cuts, sausages, grill marked chicken breasts, mortadella and smoked turkey breast among other products. The company, which already has wide penetration in the retail market, works with Marriott International, Nandos, More Café and Emirates Flight Catering,

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

CleanLAB scoops first place in The Innovation Hub in Association with British Airways and Avios

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

A Foodsafe Disinfectant developed by CleanLAB took the first place prize at The Innovation Hub at Gulfood 2016. The product is designed to “change the way F&B industry works to maintain high quality active disinfecting”. The pitch, delivered by Joyce Lau, director of Apprize Trading LLC, explained that many methods of microbial control have been

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

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

SOHAR Food Zone unveil expansion plans for Oman’s food-processing sector at Gulfood

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Feb 2016

SOHAR Port and Freezone joined exhibitors at Gulfood 2016 in Dubai  to engage with  potential international investors looking to play a part in Oman’s plans to expand its food-processing sector. The new Food Zone from SOHAR, offers an agro-terminal in one of the region’s best-connected Ports, with world-class infrastructure and connectivity right across the Arabian

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