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TOMRA Food Makes Its Test and Demonstration Centers Virtual

The Covid-19 global pandemic is having a dramatic impact on dayto-day life, both on a personal level and in the way businesses operate. In this situation, it is critical to ensure that the global food supply chain continues to function efficiently despite the disruptions caused by the current circumstances. Fresh food suppliers and food processing operations are under pressure to meet the demand while facing the unprecedented challenge of operating within the restrictions on movement and contact needed to contain the spread of the virus and protect their employees, suppliers and customers. TOMRA Food is leveraging digital technology to enable live demonstrations of its sorting solutions. It has developed virtual demonstration capability to take the TOMRA Test and Demonstration Centers to

How Plant-Based Food Will Reshape The Market In 2019

It won’t be long until the turn of the year, and once again this will bring typical New Year’s resolutions such as “healthier nutrition” with it. This time though, it seems like 2019 might be the year for consumers to really stick with their food-related resolutions: in the food and beverage market, all signs are pointing to a plant-based revolution. Santhosh Thankappan, Sales Director at GNT Middle East, producer of the leading global brand in Coloring Foods EXBERRY®, analyses the potential, requirements and shape of this development.

Bringing your Kitchen Cupboard into your Packaged Foods

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report has put nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) among those with the planet’s highest obesity levels: leading with Kuwait, where obesity rates are 37.5 percent, closely followed by Jordan at 35.5 percent, Saudi Arabia at 35.4 percent, Qatar at 35.1

Leveraging the Goodness of Dairy

With government campaigns to promote healthy eating, and warnings of diet-related health risks, consumers are increasingly taking an interest in the labels on the foods they eat. An increased desire to avoid over-processed and artificial foods has promoted interest in clean and clear labels. However, making the right
Interviews & Profiles

Food Retail Worldwide Is in the Throes of a Revolution

Food retail is changing…and quickly. More quickly than ever in fact! Structures, organizations, market positioning, offerings, partnerships: no facet of this sector is exempt from the ongoing revolution. "Not only is food retail completely overhauling its models, across the board, but it is also buzzing with innovations, further cementing its position as a global food laboratory," says Nicolas Trentesaux, SIAL Network Director.


The GNT Group is a family-owned company pioneering in the creation of specialized, future-proof products from only natural ingredients. Frederik Hoeck, Managing Director of the GNT Group, presents success factors vital for producing the most natural high-quality colors.
Industry Experts

The Consistency Strategy

Chris Gibson is an author, a franchise veteran and a F&B specialist with over 25 years of experience in the industry. After heading up some well-known brands that have restaurants all over the World, he is now based in the Middle East and is developing some exciting new food concepts with a vision to take these to new markets. Gibson talked to foodHQ about the brand consistency strategy.

Social Media Predicts Food Trends

New food trends are hard to predict. Food trends are strongly connected to different cultural aspects and are highly influenced by social media. Some big influencers in today’s society are the bloggers who have thousands and millions of followers. Bloggers use their platforms to promote different brands and lifestyles,

A virtual trade fair stand

The 2020 trade fair year has so far, due to the coronavirus, been characterised by postponements and cancellations. The interpack, too, has had to be rescheduled to February 2021 to protect the people involved and to slow the spread of Covid-19. In order to nonetheless provide an insight into its solutions for the packaging industry, Krones has now created a virtual trade fair stand, and rendered its exhibits for the interpack accessible as a digital experience – faithful to the original and in 3D. The virtual interpack begins on 28 April 2020, and provides answers to the questions of how currently predominant resource consumption can be guided into a sustainable circular economy, and what options the industrial sector has for accomplishing this transformation. Visitors to the virtual

Macfrut 2020: Central Asia and Africa in the spotlight

December marks the end of the first part of the international tours during which Macfrut was the focus of meetings, official presentations and trade fair events held mainly in Central Asia and Africa. The purpose was to promote the next edition of Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fresh produce industry,
Ingredients & Additives

Create Healthier Ice Creams with Less Saturated Fats

Living a healthy lifestyle is becoming increasingly important for consumers around the world, making them look for healthier versions of their favorite treats and that, preferably, without compromising on the quality of the product and their eating experience. A feat that has been tricky to accomplish for ice cream, until now.

Food Safety Unwraps Opportunities for The MEA Intelligent Packaging Market

The Middle East and Africa packaging market is witnessing a remarkable growth. The demand on packaged food and products is driven by consumers' changing lifestyles and convenience. Food manufacturers are moving into ready meals, pre-packed ingredients and fruits and vegetables to meet consumers' demand. The Middle East and Africa active and intelligent packaging market is estimated to grow from USD280 million in 2016 to USD504.76 million by the end of 2021 at a CAGR of 10.32 percent. The UAE has the largest market share followed by South Africa, according to a recent report by Mordor Intelligence. The growth is spurred by the growing economies and increasing need for packaging solutions with longer sustainability. Food safety is a major factor contributing to the market's growth.

Solution-Oriented All down the Line

BEUMER Group will exhibit at interpack its high level of expertise as a solution provider for integrated packaging and intralogistics systems. In addition to highly efficient palletizing and packaging systems, the Group also provides tailor-made components for material flows specific to different industries. Customers

IMA DAIRY & FOOD Presents Innovative Packaging Solutions

IMA DAIRY & FOOD presents various newly developed products at "interpack 2017". Besides machines on display, visitors to the stand can also see packaging machines in action on large video walls as well as partly in virtual reality technology. IMA Hassia extends its product range by adding a packaging machine for
Catering & Hospitality

Brazilian Coffee Exports to MENA Witnesses 30% Increase

A rise in coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region led to sales of USD122 million, as shipping volume increased during the first half of 2017. According to the Brazilian Coffee Exporter Council (Cecaf�), revenue gained from coffee exports from Brazil to the Arab region witnessed a 29.7% increase at USD112 million during the first seven months of the year, in comparison to 2016. A total of 653,200 bags of coffee were exported to Arab counties between January and July 2017, while 645,100 were exported during the same period last year, indicating a 1.2% increase in export volume to Arab countries. Lebanon remained the top buyer of Brazilian coffee in the Arab world with a recorded USD29.9 million spent on coffee imports during the same period. It was followed by Jordan at USD14.6

Competitions part of Dubai International Coffee Championships

The Dubai International Coffee & Tea Festival (DICTF), the Middle East's only exhibition dedicated to coffee and tea, is raising the stakes this year by featuring the new and exciting Dubai International Coffee Championships with winners getting a chance to take home part of the prize pool of USD25,000, the largest in
Country Reports

tna Expands China Operations & Strengthens Local Customer Support

tna is pleased to announce the opening of TNA Solutions (Shanghai) Co. Ltd to provide local food manufacturers with on-the-ground support services. Located in the Minhang district of Shanghai, the office will be managed by Sean Xu, who recently joined tna as general manager - China, and will host both sales and technical service staff. The new office follows the opening of tna's first Chinese manufacturing site in Qingdao in 2011 and demonstrates the company's long-term commitment to the region and the local food industry. "China is one of the major economic players in the world and we're delighted to be opening another site here as we continue to expand our global footprint," comments Alf Taylor, CEO at tna. "Our installation base in the country is well-established, ranging from baggers,

Aviko Snowvalley Teams Up with Tomra Sorting Food

SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, invested by the joint venture between the two leading potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with their long-term processing partner TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility. Both SnowValley and

Integrated Bakery Helps Rich Products Ltd. With New Production Facility

Rich Products Ltd. contracted Integrated Bakery for the development and realization of their new European production facility in Andover, United Kingdom. Integrated Bakery supplies integral advice and engineering services with regard to both production equipment and supporting technical installations, and architectural
Logistics & Supply Chain


Industrial Automation can be defined as the use of computer aided control devices to operate different industrial processes by replacing human involvement. Industrial automation helps to operate multiple processes in controlled manner. It helps for mass production by reducing time and increasing production quality. Industrial Automation consists of different levels such as sensor level, automation control level automation, supervision level and enterprise level.


United Arab Emirates

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Saudi Arabia

Foodex Saudi 2020