Category: Agriculture

USA: LePage signs bill to label genetically modified food

| 10/01/2014 | Reply
USA: LePage signs bill to label genetically modified food

Maine becomes the second state to pass a law requiring food producers to label GMO food, but other states must follow before it goes into effect.

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Saudi Arabia: Irish Dairy Board invests €20m in Saudi Arabia

| 31/10/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Irish Dairy Board invests €20m in Saudi Arabia

The investment includes the acquisition of a 75 per cent interest in Al Wazeen Trading and the development of a new state of art cheese manufacturing plant at the Al Wazeen facility in Riyadh.

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UAE aims to become regional food hub

| 27/09/2013 | Reply
UAE aims to become regional food hub

A UN agency said the UAE could soon become a regional food hub, even though the country is not a food producer by nature. This would be achieved through the implementation of ambitious policies.

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Saudi Arabia: Agri, food focus for Saudi trade fair

| 29/07/2013 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Agri, food focus for Saudi trade fair

The latest products, practices and techniques to meet Saudi Arabia’s surging food demands will be unveiled at an international food trade and industry show to be held in Riyadh in September.

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KSA food sales to reach $70 billion by 2016

| 29/07/2013 | Reply
KSA food sales to reach $70 billion by 2016

Food sales in the Kingdom account for around half of the domestic retail market and are expected to be worth almost $70 billion (SR262.5 billion) by 2016. Industry players emphasize the need for platforms to discuss key issues, discover new business and investment opportunities, and interact with major stakeholders.

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UAE: Kohinoor Foods to sell 20% stake in Dubai JV

| 14/07/2013 | Reply
UAE: Kohinoor Foods to sell 20% stake in Dubai JV

Kohinoor Foods (KFL), one of India’s largest basmati rice and ready-to- eat foodstuff producers, plans to sell 20 per cent stake at Rs 160 a share in its Dubai joint venture, Rich Rice Raisers Factory.

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UAE lifts ban on Philippines poultry products

| 27/06/2013 | Reply
UAE lifts ban on Philippines poultry products

The UAE previously imposed a general ban on food shipments from Asia following reports of incidents related to the avian flu. While local agencies are engaged in halal certification, a UAE team will be going over as part of a country-specific accreditation process.

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Malaysia: Utilise Tekun Nasional Loans To Produce More Halal Food Products

| 14/06/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Utilise Tekun Nasional Loans To Produce More Halal Food Products

Entrepreneurs involved in the production of Agro-based products must take advantage of loans and facilities offered by Tekun Nasional to increase their production of halal food products says Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister.

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Philippines: Food exporters advised to meet Saudi standards

| 10/06/2013 | Reply
Philippines: Food exporters advised to meet Saudi standards

The Trade Department told food exporters and manufacturers to comply with the maximum residue limits for pesticides on food products imposed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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UAE second largest GCC food producer

| 25/05/2013 | Reply
UAE second largest GCC food producer

The UAE is the second largest food producer in the GCC after Saudi Arabia, accounting for 12.1 per cent of the GCC’s total production, the GCC Food Industry report has found.

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Dubai needs food from Africa

| 15/04/2013 | Reply
Dubai needs food from Africa

Next month the Ruler of Dubai, the Prime Minister and vice-president of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will be hosting the Africa Global Business Forum, a two-day summit focusing on doing business in and with Africa.

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Thailand, Brunei team up in food

| 13/04/2013 | Reply
Thailand, Brunei team up in food

Thailand and Brunei will foster cooperation on agriculture with a focus on food and halal products. The collaboration is in line with Brunei’s long-term development plan launched in 2008.

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Pakistan: Halal Research Council and KPK Agriculture University Sign Agreement

| 12/04/2013 | Reply
Pakistan: Halal Research Council and KPK Agriculture University Sign Agreement

Halal Research Council and KPK Agriculture University will work together for the development of Halal Industry. Halal Research Council has started an 8-month Post Graduate Diploma to provide trainings on Halal industry internationally.

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Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

| 29/03/2013 | Reply
Saudi consortium buys farming group to increase food security

A London-listed company which owns swaths of the world’s most fertile farmland in the Ukraine and Poland was snapped up yesterday by a consortium of Saudi Arabian investors for £61.5m.

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Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

| 18/03/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Qatar ponders investment in Sarawak halal hub

Qatar sees gelatine from fish as one of the new products that is in-demand. Their representative said there is a potential growth for this market especially in medicine. The diplomat stressed that Qatar is investing heavily in agriculture and food production.

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EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

| 15/03/2013 | Reply
EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

The European Commission has reapproved the use of reconstituted animal protein for use in fish feed from June 2013, in a move declared “untimely” by French deputy minister for food Guillaume Garot.

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UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

| 26/02/2013 | Reply
UAE, an agri-food hub in the region

Gulfood 2013 was opened on Monday in Dubai with the participation of 110 countries participating, representing food producers, manufacturers and suppliers from their respective countries in a show to facilitate billions of dollars in trade for these states.

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USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

| 22/02/2013 | Reply
USA: 59% of America’s “tuna” isn’t actually tuna

84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time.

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UK: Halal research commissioned

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Halal research commissioned

EBLEX’s research – due to take place during March – will look at issues surrounding the trade, including how and where Muslim consumers shop for meat, which species and cuts they buy most frequently and what influences the decision of where to shop.

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UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
UK: Horsemeat scandal: Food labelling and what’s changing

The new food labelling rules being introduced from 13 December 2014 will require new practices for food manufacturers which will involve increased costs, possibly running into millions of pounds to ensure that packaging is compliant with the new legislation.

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