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  • The Central Bank of the UAE said on Monday that it will extend the Dh50 billion Targeted Economic Support Scheme until June 30 next year in an effort to continue supporting the economy. The scheme was ...
  • In its State of Snacking 2020 report sent to this site, Mondelēz International has revealed that nine in 10 consumers have indulged in snacks more so in the past year compared to pre-COVID times. Snac ...
  • The Middle East’s leisure and entertainment industry, which is undergoing digital transformation, will be the fastest in the world to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic early next year, according to t ...
  • Stefania Montalti, Communication Manager at CEPI explains the process to create invert sugar and how its properties offer better flavour and texture for the confectionery and baked goods sector. A fam ...
  • A new food market featuring a number of the city’s favourite home-grown restaurants is set to open in Dubai next year. The Time Out Food Market will open in Downtown Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar and feature ...
  • A study that analysed pink salt’s mineral composition has found levels of potentially harmful minerals within pink salt products sold in Australia. Pink salt has grown in popularity in recent years an ...
  • Diets heavy in animal-based products have long been considered cardiovascular risk factors – but new research suggests that a common gut bacterium linked to animal protein consumption could actually h ...
  • Saudi Arabian dairy company Almarai said it is the first brand in the world to obtain a Pandemic Prepared Certification from AIB International due to its application of best practices for food safety ...
  • Gloves in the food industry

    02 Nov 2020 Martin Stone
    With hand hygiene being considered as one of the most important contributing factors in food poisoning incidents, gloves play an important role in many food handling processes and are a vital tool in ...
  • A yogurt a day keeps the doctor away – at least that is the healthy image that we would prefer to believe for dairy products. Unfortunately, the sugar levels in yogurts have reached levels where consu ...
  • Introducing Future Farm, – a Brazilian FoodTech company offering plant-based meat products, now available in the UAE. Positioning themselves as a more sustainable, healthy and tasty alternative for co ...
  • Peace of Meat says its tie-up with Meat-Tech 3D marks a breakthrough for the small but blossoming lab-grown protein sector. Israeli 3D-printed cultured meat company Meat-Tech 3D has initially invested ...
  • Flawsome! Drinks have every reason to celebrate after securing a business deal with a multinational premium supermarket retailer in the Middle East. Cardiff based drinks producer, Flawsome!, which mak ...
  • Abu Dhabi is stepping up investment in projects for farming in the desert – and even space – as the Covid-19 crisis prompts more efforts to safeguard food supply. The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO ...
  • The Abraham Accords, signed on September 15, 2020 set in motion business opportunities and intergovernmental agreements between Israel and the UAE.  It created an enormous potential for bilateral tour ...
  • After almost a decade with Jumeirah Group, multi-award-winning Executive Group Chef, Ben Tobitt, dove headlong into the challenge of creating his dream business this year. Not one to shy away from the ...
  • SMEs granted their wish list

    28 Oct 2020 Waheed Abbas
    Dubai on Tuesday launched a new stock market, Nasdaq Dubai Growth Market, for emerging companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to raise capital through an initial public offering (IPO). Shei ...
  • The UAE Cabinet on Sunday approved a Dh58 billion budget for 2021 with development of vital national projects remaining the government’s top priority. “The UAE economy will be among the fastest to rec ...
  • Dubai: A total of 29 development projects worth Dh2 billion have been approved in Dubai to add 8 million square meters of green spaces and parks to the Emirate’s residential and commercial areas, it w ...
  • Since its inception, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been a science and evidence driven organisation. But what does this mean in practice when it comes to protecting the public? A prime example of ...
  • Navigating fats and oils in chocolates comes with a wide set of challenges. It can be tempting to assume that for today’s consumers, health is the top priority. But any ingredient formulations that do ...
  • Industrially produced sweetened condensed milk is one of the most important milk-based ingredients for the food and confectionery industry, alongside milk powder and anhydrous milk fat. The major nutr ...
  • The UAE has emerged as the wealthiest country in the Middle East, with Dubai the richest city, according to latest data from New World Wealth. The wealth sector compiler’s newest report showed that th ...
  • Dubai: Leading UAE cities Abu Dhabi and Dubai are on a rapid economic growth trajectory and in the post-COVID era both the cities are fully geared to maintain their momentum and the hub status for the ...
  • Food businesses must continue to support fundamental ethical principles around planetary health and environmental welfare as they recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, writes Jon Davies, M ...
  • Green light for UAE sustainability

    24 Oct 2020 Sandhya D'Mello
    The UAE is firmly committed to become greener and sustainable, which will pave the way to nurture a healthy society with the wellness of residents being the prime focus. The leadership is investing ag ...
  • Basil is a leafy, flavorful herb that’s widely used in many cuisines around the world. A member of the mint family, this culinary ingredient and its many varieties all possess significant medicinal pr ...
  • Stimulus package is aimed at mitigating impact of the current global economic situation on businesses and support them to overcome the current exceptional circumstances Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin ...
  • Dubai has been named as the ninth best city in the world to visit next year by the travel experts at Lonely Planet. The "boundary pushing” emirate is listed in the Top 10 cities for travellers in Lone ...
  • After its first experiment producing meat on the International Space Station a year ago, cultured meat company Aleph Farms has announced its new ‘Aleph Zero’ programme, which aims to accelerate ‘extra ...
  • Sustainable farming in the UAE is set for a boost as UK agricultural technology firms queue up to develop new collaborations and more vertical farms in the country. Historically, the UAE has imported ...
  • UAE farmers are confident of reaping the rewards of an enterprising initiative providing home-grown produce with a prime spot in the online shop window. Under a new partnership between noon.com and th ...
  • Pigments that give plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables their distinctive colors are widely studied for their beneficial properties. One such class of plant pigments called carotenoids continu ...
  • The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has signed an agreement with the Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification to launch the Abu Dhabi Hotels Kosher Certification Project. ...
  • Dubai: talabat, the region’s leading food and grocery delivery platform, has announced its official agreement with The UAE Food Bank, a non-profit charitable organisation under the umbrella of the His ...
  • ‘Food Nation Go’ is a totally unique meal delivery service which delivers an exciting range of nutritious restaurant-standard ready meals to your door. Created and developed by award-winning UK Chef M ...
  • Dietary supplementation of fatty acids produced from microalgae have wide-reaching health benefits for humans, including the ability to reduce obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease, preventing hai ...
  • Cow muscle cells can be engineered to produce beta-carotene, which the human body can then usually convert into vitamin A. This method, published in Metabolic Engineering, shows how cell-cultured meat ...
  • Blue California has joined forces with biotech innovator Conagen on the commercialization of Rosavel, a next-generation natural preservation solution with 98 percent high-purity rosmarinic acid made b ...
  • Why Brazilian specialty coffee is thriving

    15 Oct 2020 Mandy Parrett
    It seems that hard work has paid off for Brazilian coffee producers, who have enjoyed high volumes of trade in this year of trouble and uncertainty. Even with the coronavirus pandemic hindering trade, ...
  • More UAE consumers are sanguine about the recovery of the economy now compared to four months ago and they see the economy rebounding faster in the next couple of months, says a new survey. As many as ...
  • The GCC public cloud market is expected to more than double in value by 2024, growing from $956m this year to $2.35bn at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 per cent, a recent study by IDC re ...
  • A new plant-based meat report has highlighted the sector’s health merits over conventional processed meats, but stressed they should not replace whole foods such as legumes, vegetables or moderate amo ...
  • Ketone drinks have been embraced by professional athletes looking to boost their performance. But these ‘magic potions’ have the potential for mass appeal, believes the scientist who helped develop th ...
  • Soy protein dominates the plant-based space. Ninety-five percent of all plant-based proteins, with the exception of wheat, come from this legume – which originally hails from East Asia. Soy protein co ...
  • Dubai recorded Dh551 billion ($150bn) in non-oil external trade in the first six months of 2020, signaling a resurgence in trading activity during the second quarter. May and June saw “considerable gr ...
  • UAE affirmed its commitment to support international efforts to encourage and facilitate the recovery of the tourism sector and enhance the safety of travel experiences while adhering to global recomm ...
  • Crisis a stress test for various economic sectors and businesses: Danube chairman. The UAE has proved its resilience against all challenges in the past as it has a history of recovering faster from th ...
  • Dubai: It’s all turning local… even at the finest restaurants in the UAE. And they – and their clients - are just fine with the change. Buying local not only saves costs for F&B businesses, it boosts ...
  • Today’s consumers expect heightened levels of traceability – particularly when it comes to meat. Dutch retailer Albert Heijn is working with its suppliers and DNA testing expert IdentiGEN to provide s ...
  • Dubai is among the few cities in the world that is officially open to tourists following the successful management of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai C ...
  • In Africa, naturally fermented camel milk sold by farmers at local markets often contain disease-causing microorganisms. Now, researchers have isolated ‘new’ strains of lactic acid bacteria they say c ...
  • Scientists have developed a novel active coating containing chitosan, tea and cinnamon extracts to improve the quality of fish fillets during refrigerated storage. A potential natural preservative, th ...
  • More funds for Dubai-based SMEs

    27 Sep 2020 Isaac John
    Emiratis can obtain financing up to Dh420,000, backed by 50 per cent capital guarantee. Small and medium enterprises in Dubai that are fully-owned and managed by Emiratis can now obtain financing of u ...
  • The UAE knows no other way of development other than to continuously better itself. The UAE has topped 121 indicators globally and 479 regionally in 2020, even as the world fights the Covid-19 pandemi ...
  • Fortress Technology’s Vertex metal detection unit equipped with Halo automatic testing – designed specifically to inspect free-falling snacks and ingredients – is proving a top-seller, cranking up ove ...
  • In honour of the 90th Saudi National Day on Sept.23, Expo 2020 Dubai is celebrating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s “significant” contribution to the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Afri ...
  • The UAE has contributed $60m towards the construction of the US Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai, with the remaining amount raised by various US organisations, the US ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta ...
  • A research project headed by the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, has come up with the formula for a freeze-dried starter culture that African camel milk farmers can use to make safe, fermented m ...
  • The Covid-19 pandemic forced the UAE to assess its food supply chain after suffering some initial disruption, a Cabinet minister has said. Mariam Al Mheiri, the Minister of State for Food Security, sa ...
  • Agreement includes exclusive hotel room packages and special offers and will drive up Africa and Middle East visitor numbers for Expo 2020 Dubai AS World Group (DIFC) has signed a corporate contract w ...
  • Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) held a virtual meeting with leading tour operators to discuss a range of new guidelines that are being developed for tourist camps ...
  • Colors for dairy products are going natural

    16 Sep 2020 Kathie Canning
    “It isn’t easy being green,” Kermit the Frog famously said. And from a dairy product perspective, it’s not easy being any color that fails to resonate with today’s consumers. What does boast appeal am ...
  • Fat and oil experts are responding to trends for healthier products with minimal processing and fewer chemicals as consumers don’t want to see labels packed with additives to extend shelf life. Consum ...
  • Until late last year, very few had heard of Israel-based 3D-printed cultured meat company Meat-Tech 3D. But after Meat-Tech merged into real estate and holding company Ophectra Real Estate & Investmen ...
  • Research carried out by Oregon State University’s William Ripple with collaborators at New York University, Colorado State University and Harvard University has identified that land dedicated to reari ...
  • Dubai: Dubai is confident about delivering an Expo that “makes sense” in the post-COVID world, said Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, during a vir ...
  • Dubai: Starting October 1, Dubai’s hotels will be getting back the business traveler. Or those visiting the city to be part of conferences or exhibitions and want to book a hotel room for the period. ...
  •  With COVID-19 exposing fragile food chains and putting scrutiny on the ways we consume and produce foods and approach our own health, now is the perfect moment for food tech startups to step up and l ...
  • Opportunities abound for the food industry to address public health and environmental issues through clever food processing, say nutrition scientists. While some people steer away from foods containin ...
  • A trial suggests that oral immunotherapy treatment, which involves repeated exposure over time to gradually increase doses of the allergen, could allow sufferers to increase their tolerance to peanuts ...
  • Abu Dhabi’s ADQ holding company has established a new company called Silal in the emirate to diversify food sources and increase locally grown, raised and manufactured food. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, wh ...
  • Al Marri outlines promising opportunities for cooperation in vital sectors that serve both countries' economic agendas. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy, affirmed that Tuesday's sig ...
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a unique ecosystem where the growth in digital payments and financial services will be a key contributor to the UAE's economic recovery, experts said at the DigiP ...
  • The UAE federal government posted a second-quarter budget surplus of around Dh9.75 billion, up from a surplus of Dh1.8 billion in the first quarter 2020. Revenues in the second quarter were at Dh34.74 ...
  • Amla is the original Indian superfood which has been around since times immemorial. The tiny green fruit offers a range of health benefits such as improved immunity, smooth digestion and good skin and ...
  • Cardiovascular disorders are amongst the leading causes of mortality, also accounting for 203 million disability-adjusted life years and 31% of all deaths worldwide. Three decades of study has shown w ...
  • Organic production is classified as a farm management and food production system which follows the best environmental practices, has high levels of biodiversity, preserves natural resources and applie ...
  • IFF Health, part of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and DolCas Biotech have partnered together on the sale and marketing of Curcugen™, a next-gen, all-natural turmeric extract for both the die ...
  • Fresh greens from a new vertical farm in Abu Dhabi city will go on sale for the first time in September. The vegetables are grown under LED lights inside eight converted shipping containers using hydr ...
  • iFram, a startup that provides innovative solutions for growing fresh greens, berries and vegetables, raised $4M in funding. The round was led by Gagarin Capital, that previously invested in the proje ...
  • When Savita Gaikwad, a Sharjah-based teacher who has been in the UAE since 2001, goes shopping for grocery, her list invariably includes Lijjat urad papad, Priya lemon pickle, blended masalas, and her ...
  • Sheikh Mohammed's remarks came as he reviewed food and water security plans following the recent restructuring of the UAE Cabinet. The UAE must learn from challenges posed by the global outbreak of Co ...
  • It is slated to run until April 2021 with ticket prices unchanged at Dh15 per person for the 2020-21 edition. Ready to return for its silver jubilee season this year, Global Village promises that it w ...
  • E-commerce giant Noon is launching a food delivery service through its platform in an effort to support local food and beverage businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the company's founder Mohame ...
  • Majid Al Futtaim has unveiled Carrefour Central Kitchen. The new facility will prepare and supply Carrefour stores across the UAE with ready-to-eat meals alongside grab-and-go items, and chopped veget ...
  • he winds of change have never blown so fiercely – ripping and tearing through our communities, our businesses, and our lives – feeding on disruption in the midst of chaos and leaving millions of peopl ...
  • Dubai is optimistic about travel "normalising" by winter as more countries are opening up, Helal Al Marri, Director-General of Dubai Tourism, said on Tuesday. In an interview with CNN, he said sentime ...
  • The Food and Beverage (F&B) industry in Saudi Arabia is the largest in the Middle East and is valued at USD 45 billion. According to a recent report by JLL, there are four major F&B trends to watch ou ...
  • Lactalis Ingredients completes its offer of skimmed milk powder with a high heat, heat-stable (HHHS) quality. This new reference is suitable for condensed milk producers looking for a skimmed milk pow ...
  • Atmosphere in the Burj Khalifa will reopen on Thursday a representative from the restaurant told The National. Bookings can now be made at the Dubai restaurant on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, ...
  • "Aquaculture is a core component of the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy," asserted Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, while launching the UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020 – a ...
  • The supermarket operator Spinneys has gone live with its online grocery delivery service in Dubai. This comes in response to shoppers’ changing preference to shop groceries online. Customers can creat ...
  • How should food and beverage companies work with artificial intelligence in their manufacturing supply chain? Dean Best speaks to Joe McNamara, director for global IT at Kraft Heinz about the US giant ...
  • Plant-based food will "completely replace" animal products within 15 years, the founder and CEO of US meat-alternatives group Impossible Foods has forecast. Speaking to CNBC after Impossible Foods ann ...
  • China-based researchers Intelligent Research Group forecast in September that the country's cheese market was set to grow by 10% in value terms in 2019 and they are forecasting continued expansion in ...
  • Before the global pandemic, some restaurants began experimenting with robot servers and this technology is taking on new significance as businesses reopen and adjust the way they operate to minimize c ...
  • Emerging proteins have boosted the plant-based sector in recent times, fueling further innovation and NPD. The COVID-19 pandemic is still rife in many corners of the globe, and this has put a spotligh ...
  • UAE-based National Food Products Company (NFPC) is marking World Milk Day with the introduction of new dairy products under its Lacnor brand.   
  • The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and The Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World have launched an online tool called the Food Sy ...

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