Category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority is strengthening its oversight laboratories and offices with equipment and qualified personnel to enhance its presence in various exit and entry points to ensure the safety of food and drugs.

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Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

The council approved the scheme comprising 46 articles which included the definition of food, food additives, its safety, hygienic practices, food handling, set standards for food, environmental and health requirements and packaging.

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Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

| 22/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

“Lulu Sourcing and Logistics Center”, to be opened in the UK, will be an integral part of commitment to Britain, from where Lulu Hypermarkets of the Gulf have been importing products worth 24 million pounds annually. The Lulu’s center will be located in Birmingham.

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Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

With this move, Saudi Arabia is slowly beginning to make some moves towards diversifying out of oil, which is its only real exportable commodity – and towards solar power and sand-based polysilicon.

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Saudi Arabia/Tourism: 2.5 million arrivals for business tourism

| 11/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia/Tourism: 2.5 million arrivals for business tourism

During their stay they spent over SR 7.7 bn. Also they made 741 domestic business trips during which they spent SR 876 million, said Eng. Tariq bin Abdul Rahman Al Essa, Director of Business Tourism Development Project at SCTA.

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Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

| 08/04/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Sheikh Saleh Kamel revealed that the Sudanese government agreed to establish a free zone to be given to Saudi Arabia for cultivation. The area will be close to Port Sudan, to transport products easily across the Red Sea.

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Saudi Arabia’s Foodie Scene Growing

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia’s Foodie Scene Growing

Despite the rise of fast-food joints, gourmet chefs aim to create a gourmet food culture. What will transform the country into a major international food scene are more culinary schools for developing chefs.

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Opinion: The problems facing Muslim nations

| 18/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The problems facing Muslim nations

Most Islamic countries are being left behind in social progress as compared with other nations. There are essentially five reasons for this situation.

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Saudi Arabia: Cafes promote a new culture of dialogue

| 09/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Cafes promote a new culture of dialogue

The growing number of coffee shops in Riyadh gives a different dimension to the city because as they are no longer simply a place for relaxation and comfort but offer facilities to discuss sports, culture, science, technical issues and finance. They sometimes solve some dilemmas of society.

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GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

| 08/03/2012 | Reply
GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) governments are investing heavily in outside farmland acquisitions and leases, along with injecting money in domestic food production industry, to secure food supplies to the region and safeguard against market fluctuations.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi delegation seeks food products from Pakistan

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi delegation seeks food products from Pakistan

The Saudi delegation’s plan is also to visit the meat exporting companies’ facilities in different Pakistani cities with an aim to award licenses to them and above all to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state-owned Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). The plan is to boost exports of a range of food commodities from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, mainly meat, poultry and fish products.

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USA: Muslim Consumer Group Presentation at Riyadh’s Halal conference

| 27/02/2012 | 2 Replies
USA: Muslim Consumer Group Presentation at Riyadh’s Halal conference

Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed, founder & President of Muslim Consumer Group For Food Products USA/Canada presented a paper on Processing Aid or Hidden Ingredients in Food Products & ingredients and their Halal status from US food industry point of view at First International Conference on Halal Food Control at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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UK: HMC Delegation returns with assurances from CEO of SFDA

| 23/02/2012 | Reply
UK: HMC Delegation returns with assurances from CEO of SFDA

Presenting his report to the HMC National Executive Committee, Shaykh Yunus said; “This was a
very important conference for the Muslim community around the world and we congratulate the Saudi Drug and Food Authority for an outstanding conference and wonderful hospitality.”

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USA: McDonald’s to open 100 new outlets in Middle East

| 22/02/2012 | Reply
USA: McDonald’s to open 100 new outlets in Middle East

At the largest food trade fair in the Middle East, Gulfood, it was revealed that McDonald’s is expected to open 100 new outlets this year with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Currently, the Golden Arches has 833 restaurants in 17 markets in the Middle East and Africa – a growth rate of between 10 to 15 per cent every year.

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Saudi Arabia: Private Equity firms buy key stake in Saudi food group

| 22/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Private Equity firms buy key stake in Saudi food group

Levant Capital, an investment firm focused on regional private equity investments and Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI) said they have jointly acquired a controlling stake in Saudi-based Al-Raya For Foodstuff Company for $100 million. The transaction presents an opportunity for Levant Capital and CVCI to capitalize on the growth in consumer-driven demand and the increasingly attractive middle income segment of the Gulf region’s largest economy.

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Saudi fast food market to hit $4.5bn by 2015

| 20/02/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi fast food market to hit $4.5bn by 2015

Saudi Arabia’s fast food market is expected reach a value of $4.5bn in the next three years, driven by high demand among young, affluent citizens, according to a report by Euromonitor. “Fast food outlets have become important social spaces for a growing cohort of Saudi young people,” said Michael Schaefer, head of consumer foodservice research at Euromonitor.

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Saudi Arabia: Young Saudis find home entertainment cheaper and safer

| 18/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Young Saudis find home entertainment cheaper and safer

Young Saudi men and women are increasingly turning their own private rooms into entertainment hubs as a way of saving themselves from boredom. They equip their rooms with DJ turntables and other entertainment spots such as billiard tables, sound systems, electronic equipment and others.

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Saudi Arabia: Sweet success as Mars invests SR225m in KAEC

| 16/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Sweet success as Mars invests SR225m in KAEC

In a sign of growing confidence in the Kingdom’s economic stability, Mars Incorporated, a global food giant with annual sales exceeding $30 billion, announced on Wednesday SR225 million ($60 million) initial investment to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh, about 130 km north of Jeddah.

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Saudi Arabia: Food exporting countries urged to heed Halal norms

| 16/02/2012 | 2 Replies
Saudi Arabia: Food exporting countries urged to heed Halal norms

The First International Conference on Halal Food in Riyadh concluded on Tuesday, calling on non-Muslim countries exporting food to Islamic countries to strictly adhere to Islamic regulations with regard to ensuring products are halal.

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Saudi Arabia: Need for halal standards for food additives underlined

| 15/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Need for halal standards for food additives underlined

Mian Nadeem Riaz from Texas said that for the food industry to serve the halal market, it is very important that they know the halal status of additives. He pointed out that some of the common additives are derived from sources that are not halal, for example pigs and animals slaughtered without abiding by religious directives.

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