Gulfood 2016

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

Official Coffee Sponsor announced for Leaders in F&B Awards

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Nov 2016

Artisanal food tech coffee brand, Caffé di Artisan has joined the prestigious line-up of sponsors for the Leaders in F&B Awards, as Official Coffee Sponsor. The inaugural Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards will take place at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi on 9 November, celebrating excellence and innovation in the Middle East’s restaurant and

Argentine chef heads up Grand Hyatt Dubai steakhouse

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Nov 2016

Grand Hyatt Dubai has appointed head chef Liz Nuñez to oversee the hotel’s steakhouse, Manhattan Grill.   Nuñez has been with Hyatt Hotels Corporation since 2011, having started out as a commis chef at Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires in her native Argentina. She first moved to the Middle East in 2013 to join Grand Hyatt

International Coffee & Tea Festival underway

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Nov 2016

The International Coffee & Tea Festival (ICTF), dedicated to the specialty coffee and tea industry opened on 2 November at Meydan Gallery and Convention Centre, Dubai. Running until 4 November, the trade event will showcase cafe solutions, including tea and coffee products and bar and café equipment. Anselm Godinho, managing director, International Conferences & Exhibitions,

Jumeirah Restaurant Group closes two F&B outlets

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Nov 2016

Jumeirah Restaurant Group has announced the closure of Japanese restaurant, Tokyo@theTowers and Harry Ghatto’s karaoke bar after 16 years of operations. The space, which currently houses both venues, is located in Emirates Towers Boulevard and will reopen in early 2017 with a new concept. Emma Banks, general manager of Jumeirah Restaurant Group, said: “We are committed to

Mina A’Salam bartender wins UAE Monin Cup

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Nov 2016

Maria Essay Janina Sinay of Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam Dubai, won the UAE edition of the Monin Cup 2016, which took place on 23 October at China Grill Dubai. Twelve of the UAE’s most talented beverage industry professionals under 27 years old were tasked with creating a signature drink using Monin products. Commenting on the

Coffee Planet to expand with new franchise concept

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Nov 2016

UAE coffee roaster, Coffee Planet, has launched its new franchise concept in the wake of the brand’s refreshed look. Available in café, kiosk, cart and vending format, the new franchise model is designed to meet consumer demand for 100% Arabica specialty coffee and expert know-how. With current franchise outlets in the UAE, Qatar, Pakistan and

The Panel: Raising the bar

by Sophia Soltani | 01 Nov 2016

In line with KPMG’s latest Food and Beverage survey, this month Hotel News ME, hears from some of the region’s leading beverage specialists to find out how dining trends are shaping the dynamics of beverage related revenues with new innovations stemming from London to New York. In 2015, the UAE’s food and beverage industry was

Pure Harvest to launch high-tech farm in UAE following $1.1mn investment

by Crystal Chesters | 31 Oct 2016

Pure Harvest Smart Farms will begin operating in the Middle East region following the close of a foundational investment of US $1.1 million from Abu Dhabi-based Shorooq Investments. Shorooq has acquired a 3.3-hectare farm site in Nahel, UAE, where Pure Harvest will establish the nation’s first high-tech, commercial-scale greenhouse, capable of year-round tomato production. Sky









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