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Gulfood Dubai promises a truly global and inspirational celebration of food

Gulfood Dubai promises a truly global and inspirational celebration of food © Gulfood Dubai
© Gulfood Dubai


Gulfood 2021 returns alongside GulfHost (Middle East & North Africa’s leading hospitality event) from 21-25 February 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event will be an opportunity to explore new markets and view one of the widest ranges of global F&B products, thanks to its more than 5,000 suppliers from 198 countries. “Gulfood is a perfect platform to showcase, promote and introduce new products/offerings to our audiences. Additionally, it’s a show where we are able to explore new trends and absorb new developments across different industry sectors,” said Olga Cassidy, trade marketing manager at Monin.

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Spinneys enters world of e-commerce

Spinneys Dubai has launched an online grocery delivery service in response to strong demand from customers. CEO Sunil Kumar said: “Demand for home grocery deliveries has never been higher. Launched amidst the economic challenges caused by Covid-19, our new service will offer our customers an efficient, convenient and safe way to shop for their groceries. Stepping into the world of e-commerce strengthens our ability to further support our communities and continue to provide our customers with the best possible products in the best possible way.”

At present, the service is limited to Spinneys customers in Dubai, but it is expected to soon expand to Abu Dhabi. There will also be a Spinneys app available for download in the coming weeks.

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Carrefour unveils Mobimart: the region’s first grocery bus

Carrefour unveils Mobimart: the region’s first grocery bus, © Carrefour & Majid Al Futtaim
© Carrefour & Majid Al Futtaim


Carrefour’s newest grocery concept brings fresh food and everyday supplies to underserviced neighbourhoods across Dubai.


Dubai, UAE, 3rd March 2020: Carrefour, operated by Majid Al Futtaim in the UAE, unveiled Mobimart, the region’s first grocery bus, bringing convenient and accessible shopping to the doorsteps of underserved neighbourhoods and communities across Dubai, six days a week.   

Carrefour Mobimart offers customers an extensive variety of daily groceries and fresh food, including a selection of organic produce, frozen food, snacks, beverages, and light household items. The bus will visit various communities along its assigned route, with timed stops, parking just a short walk from shoppers’ homes.

© Carrefour & Majid Al Futtaim


Phillippe Peguilhan, Country Manager of Carrefour UAE, at Majid Al Futtaim Retail – said: “We’re constantly looking to find new ways to reinforce our position as the leading retailer in the region. This is what drives us to come up with unique concepts that reach our customers and satisfy their needs wherever they are. Carrefour Mobimart represents Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to provide innovative, and seamless customer experiences to our shoppers, as we bring Carrefour to their doorsteps.

Carrefour Mobimart was built in Dubai by homegrown Bespoke Trailers—a start-up based in Al Quoz. Jamal Wick, Managing Director and Co-Founder of the company said, “We commend Majid Al Futtaim for their efforts to always bring the best innovations by going over and above the brick and mortar stores’ expectations. Residents in the UAE have high expectations of personalised delivery services and Carrefour has successfully brought a grocery shopping experience to their doorsteps. We are also appreciative for their support to local SMEs through such initiatives, reflecting their efforts to contribute to the diversification of the economy.”

Majid Al Futtaim Retail has been reimagining traditional grocery concepts as it caters to evolving customer needs. With this latest innovation, Mobimart compliments Carrefour’s portfolio of store formats, including the popular Carrefour Marine, the world’s first sail thru store.

The bus will visit several areas in Dubai, with the majority being residential as well as stops at Kite Beach, and Rahaba labour accommodation. The full list of destinations served at this time is: Javza – South Gate, Akoya – Juniper Cluster, Claret Cluster and Amazonia Cluster, Rahaba Kite Beach, Meydan – near Emirates Pilots Village, Jumeirah Village Circle, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Jumeirah Islands, and Sports City – Victory Heights. Details on the schedule will be posted regularly on Carrefour’s website and social media channels.



About Carrefour in UAE

Carrefour was launched in the UAE in 1995. Today, Carrefour operates 29 hypermarkets and 80 supermarkets, employing more than 10,000 colleagues.

About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 16 international markets, employing more than 44,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 27 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in a number of markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating a portfolio of more than 300 outlets.

Majid Al Futtaim operates more than 500 VOX Cinemas screens and 37 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai, iFly Dubai and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company ‘Najm’, and a Fashion and Home retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel and Maisons du Monde. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East.


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GULFOOD, 25th anniversary of the world largest food business event

GULFOOD, 25th anniversary of the world largest food business event

The world largest food trade show took again place last February 16th to 20th celebrating its 25th anniversary. It received more than 98,695 trade visitors from 182 countries, as well as a digital reach of more than 57 million links. More than 5,000 exhibitors represented 1 million square feet, 60% of them being International companies (40% from the UAE). 35% of the trade visitors were importers and wholesales, 15% agents, 33% food service & hospitality establishments, 12% retail buyers from supermarkets, 3% from government and public institutions. “Innovation, quality, ambience & vibrancy differentiates Gulfood from other food exhibitions around the world” said Rakesh Ja, general manager of Al Maya group, among the leading food distributors in the UAE. International cuisine was showcased at the “Tastes of the World” cooking event, with the participation of 50 renowned chefs from 30 nationalities, inclusive 4 Michelin star chefs. “Gulfood Connexions” B2B agendas facilitated 6,700 individual trade meetings, generating an average of US$2 Million average deal value per participating company. “The Gulfood Connections team was awesome, the coordination was perfect, excellent meetings for me” said Flora Hu, head of business development at Tesco. Among the other events featured are “Celebrating Excellence” innovation awards with 6000 attendees and 48 finalists, “Ibrik Championship” involving 30 of the region’s leading baristas, “CXO Club” forum attended by +60 hand picked industry leaders.


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Spinneys, the Dubai retailer that never compromises on quality 

Spinneys, the Dubai retailer that never compromises on quality 

Ethnic mixture of consumers, tough competition, high demand for organic produce, and distaste for plastic packaging are the challenges and opportunities for the retailer.

Spinneys Dubai operates 50 Spinney’s supermarkets and eight Waitrose stores. Its story started in 1961, with its first supermarket opening in 1962. Nowadays, Spinneys enjoys a well-deserved reputation for being forward-thinking and keeping pace with the changes in eating trends by offering new products from around the world. Food standards, safety and freshness have always been at the forefront of the company’s ethos. “We don’t compromise on quality; our objective is to give customers the best shopping experience,” said Stephen Rudge, commercial manager for fresh produce. “That explains why we are moving ever more toward growers and direct import. We buy around 80% of our goods directly from growers and the countries of origin.” As well as supporting local food producers within the UAE, the company has developed an enviably comprehensive network of reputable suppliers around the world. The retailer has sourcing teams located in different countries: the US, Australia, the UK and South Africa. “Our ambition is to establish closer relationships with growers, while closely following new varieties and new developments to understand what’s coming onto the markets,” said Rudge. “When we can, we want to be the first ones on the market.” 

Variety choice, a key issue

Spinneys puts great stock in selling a varied range of products. For instance, it offers very distinctive grape varieties like Cotton Candy, which has sold extremely well following in-store tastings. There are sampling stations at all of Spinneys’ large stores, with each week customers having the chance to try a new variety or product, or a product from a new country of origin. The same is true with berries. There have been numerous breeding programmes over last 15 years and more new materials have come onto the market. But the difference between good berries and bad berries is huge in terms of flavour, sweetness, texture, and shelf life. “We talk to the growers and we choose the best varieties. After each season, we discuss the results with producers, and include the successful varieties in our following season’s programme,” said Rudge. 

Competent marketing and promotion boost sales 

The UAE contains a wide spectrum of consumers among its 10 million population, and Spinneys has a particularly strong European, Emirati and Asian customer base. “We have such a mix of customers, and we take into consideration the tastes of all of them,” said Rudge. “We also offer ready-to-eat formats, such as peeled pomelo cut into individual segments. Pomelo is a fabulous product!” Spinneys has two formats of ready-to-eat products: one consists of pre-packed fruit, and the other of ready-prepared salads in the deli section, both of which have become very popular for their freshness. Spinneys widely social media extensively to promote its healthy products and participates on a morning fruit show on a Dubai radio station, which enables new products to be introduced. Indeed, following its promotion, kale has now become one of the best-sellers. 

Another feature of the Emirates is the fact that sales of organic products constitute 10% of total volume, which is much higher than in Europe where the average is 5%. The country is also committed to the war against plastic. “It is a real challenge, as suppliers cannot change their packaging in such a short time, and recycling is not well developed in the country. Spinneys will have to develop its own solution, as this is what customers are demanding,” said Rudge.

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The quality Apples from Europe promotion campaign continues in Dubai

The quality Apples from Europe promotion campaign continues in Dubai

Promotional campaign “Strength of taste, vitamins and colors. Meet the quality of Apples from Europe” is gaining its momentum. This is due, among others, to the WOP Dubai (World of Perishables), which was attended by representatives of the Association of Polish fruit and vegetable distributors ‘Unia Owocowa’ and the Union of Polish fruit growers. The event took place from the 12th to the 14th November at the Dubai World Trade Center.

At the almost 50 meters stand, financed by the European Union, apple producers and distributors had the opportunity to meet with contractors not only from the Emirates, but also the entire Gulf region.

The experts from the Association “Fruit Union” gave also three lectures at the conference held in the frame of the Fair about the objectives and main activities of the campaign, characteristics, production and logistics of European apples and the process certification of exported fruit.

Foreword by Ms. Katarzyna Rzeźniczek, First Counselor of the Polish Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave the event greater prestige. Large audience – key importers and distributors of fruit, the most important representatives of the UAE media, as well as representatives of such important institutions as Dubai Municipality, – listened to every presentation with the great interest.

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Worldwide boom in organics

New method to test whether your fruit and vegetables are truly organic 

The consumption of fresh organics for healthy living is now a global phenomenon.

While consumers in Denmark, Germany or Switzerland are already accustomed to seeing organic and conventional products share shelves in their supermarkets, until a few years ago, this was unthinkable in other regions of the world. However, imports of fresh organic produce are increasing globally and gaining more followers every day.

Dubai’s Fruit Line Trading Est develops food service
and zero-waste protocol for organic produce 

Imports represent more than 90% of the firm’s business and have grown on average by 30% for the past three years. These products consist mainly of citrus, apples, pears, grapes and kiwi from the US, South America, Europe, South Africa, China and the Middle East. This year, Fruit Line Trading Est is focused more on key accounts, like supermarkets, with whom it is seeking to establish long-term strategic relationships. Jamal El Kari, Trading Est’s manager for Khat AlFakeha, said, “We have started developing our food service area which is going to grow, particularly with the new Vision for KSA 2030, which focuses on tourism. We are based in the capital of Saudi Arabia in the Fruit & Vegetables Central Wholesale Market and are looking forward to opening our branch in Jeddah City, which will capture both Jeddah and Makka and target the pilgrimage seasons as well.” In the area of sustainability, the firm has developed a food service segment that includes organic and zero-residue products. Corporate responsibility is a key value for the firm and its trading company, Khat AlFakeha.

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Gulfood to mark 25th milestone

Gulfood to mark 25th milestone


The world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, Gulfood takes place 16-20 February 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The 25th edition of the event will span over a million square feet, boasting over 5,000 exhibitors and 120 country pavilions, and welcoming over 100,000 attendees from 200 countries. A strategic event for companies looking to strengthen their Middle East footprint and leverage Dubai as a key re-export hub to the emerging markets of Africa and Asia, Gulfood is the place to connect with competitive suppliers of cutting edge product innovations as well as international household name brands. Visitors can discover and source the latest and best products across eight key sectors: beverages; dairy; fats & oils; health, wellness & free-from; meat & poultry; power brands; pulses, grains & cereals; and world food. Among many other features are the dedicated Halal World Food component, a startup programme promoting innovation in the F&B industry and Discover Zone, an interactive gallery for experiencing products recently-launched by Gulfood exhibitors and discovering the trends likely to shape future demand.

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SanLucar opens office in Dubai


Higher customer proximity and increased presence in the Arab Gulf States

SanLucar, premium brand for fruit and vegetables, reinforces its commitment in the Arab Gulf States and the Middle East with an office in Dubai. “We are closer to our customers and can therefore respond to their needs even faster and more directly,” says the head of the new office Bilal Issa.

Dubai is an interesting market for SanLucar and in addition, it is the commercial hub concerning trade with the Arab Gulf States and the Middle East. “We want to help, getting the fruit and vegetable sector in this region to a new level of quality,” says Michael Brinkmann, CEO of the SanLucar Group. „The demand for premium products is growing; with our know-how we help retailers and wholesalers to offer high-quality fruit in an attractive form at the right time.”

SanLucar products are available in the United Arab Emirates, in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan. Bananas, tomatoes and grapes are particularly popular in the Middle East. “The SanLucar brand is becoming more and more well- known,” says Bilal Issa. “The number of our customers and our sales are constantly increasing.” With the new office in the Jumeirah Lake Towers of Dubai, SanLucar intends to accelerate this development even further.

About SanLucar

SanLucar, the premium brand for fruit and vegetables, is a globally positioned enterprise with subsidiaries in Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa, Ecuador, Benelux and Dubai. In 1993, the company was founded by Stephan Rötzer in Munich and employs approximately 2,500 people today, the majority of them on the company’s own farms on three continents. With a range of about 90 fruit and vegetable products from more than 35 countries, SanLucar is the brand with the broadest assortment in the retail trade. In line with the philosophy “Taste in harmony with man and nature”, SanLucar is a responsible player on the global fruit and vegetable market and is currently expanding into the Arab Gulf States, Russia, China and Canada.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact:

Sonia Gabarda – International Press contact – SanLucar Fruit

Tel. +34 96142 40 40 extension 2410

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World Retail Congress returns to Dubai in April

The World Retail Congress combines landmark keynote addresses, high-level panel discussions, workshops, tours, demonstrations and displays, retail tech start-ups and, new for 2017, the Congress Ideas Factory.

Taking as its theme ‘Reimagining the customer experience’, the 2017 World Retail Congress returns to Dubai for a second time, where it will take place April 4-6 at the Madinat Jumeirah resort.

What will be the 11th edition of the congress will focus on differentiation as the key to survival for any retailer and how customer experience – both physically and digitally – is crucial to achieving this.

Across the three days of the event, more than 1,500 attendees will gather to hear from industry legends and thought-leaders including Macy’s chairman Terry Lundgren and Marty Wikstrom, former CEO of Richemont Fashion and Accessories, as well as emerging retail disruptors from Soko, Lesara and Myntra.

“As the retail landscape grows ever more competitive both on and offline, retailers around the world are looking for that unique advantage to attract customers. Creating a new approach to delivering customer experience is emerging as one of the most important differentiators.

“As such, the World Retail Congress programme takes this business-critical goal as its overarching theme for 2017, examining what will attract today’s customers including: new in-store experiences, next generation ecommerce, new wave technology and an understanding of what really motivates the increasingly individualistic but connected consumer,” organisers said.

The congress combines landmark keynote addresses, high-level panel discussions, workshops, tours, demonstrations and displays, retail tech start-ups and, new for 2017, the Congress Ideas Factory.

Taking place on day one, the Ideas Factory will deliver a fast-paced, dynamic and inspirational programme of talks and open discussion forums led by experts.

For more information: World Retail Congress