The Food and Beverages Manufacturing Business Group (FBMG) is an association that brings together all food and beverage manufacturing firms in UAE. Formed in 2012, under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber
of Commerce, the FBMG is committed to the development of the food and beverage industry. The group provides a platform for firms to cooperate and resolve some of the key challenges faced by the food and beverages industry in the region. This is also an opportunity for firms to network and collaborate on innovations that will benefit the industry.
The UAE Government has been amplifying its focus on the future and shaping a better future starting today.
Focusing on three specific areas:
(i) Comprehensive national plan
(ii) Developing R&D
(iii) Adopting Technology.
We will oversee the implementation of the initiatives and policies that will help improve the UAE’s ranking in the Global Food Security Index, The country currently ranks 31st in the list of 113 countries to be evaluated in this indicator, which includes three main areas: purchasing power, food availability and quality and Safety.
Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology
Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) was established as the sole Standardization Body in the UAE under the Law No. 28/2001. ESMA’s board is comprising representatives of the main
parties involved in the standardization of the UAE. The Board is the dominant affairs and lay down its policy and adopting all the suitable procedures to ensure efficient performance to its assignments. The Board of Directors chaired by H.E. Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy.
Food Drink Europe's mission is to facilitate the development of an environment in which all European food and drink companies, whatever their size, can meet the needs of consumers and society,
while competing effectively for sustainable growth.
FoodDrinkEurope’s contribution is based on sound scientific research, robust data management and effective communication, working within the regulatory framework to ensure that all food and drink issues are dealt with in a holistic manner. The organisation promotes its members’ interests in areas such as food safety and science, nutrition and health, consumer trust and choice, competitiveness, and environmental sustainability.
Agthia Group is a leading Abu Dhabi based food and beverage company. Established in 2004, the Company is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and has the symbol “AGTHIA”.
51 percent of the Company’s shares are held by Senaat (General Holding Corporation), an Abu Dhabi Government entity, with the balance held by retail and institutional investors. The Company’s assets are located in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt and Turkey. Agthia offers a world class portfolio of integrated businesses providing high quality and trusted food and beverage products for customers and consumers across the UAE, GCC, Turkey and the wider Middle East. More than 4,000 employees are engaged in manufacturing, distribution and marketing various food and beverage products: Water (Al Ain, Al Bayan, Alpin Natural Spring Water, Delta, Bambini); Flour (Grand Mills); Animal Feed (Agrivita, Agrivita Marabea); Juices (Al Ain Fresh, Capri Sun); Dairy (Yoplait); Processed Food (Al Ain Tomato Paste, Frozen Vegetable); Ambient and Frozen Bakery (Grand Mills). For more information:
DRC is a leading F&B manufacturing and distribution company in the lower gulf for 60 years. It is strategically located at the heart of the new industrial hub midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, at Dubai
Investment Park. The new site is state of art that meets the current requirements of the industry.
The business began as a limited liability company by Decree of His Highness, The Ruler of Dubai and in July 1994, it amended its status as a Public Shareholding company. In 1962 DRC was appointed as the sole franchisee and distributor for Pepsi Co. The company’s vision has always been to be the lower Gulf’s leading F&B company, driven by top caliber people, equipped with the right tools and solid systems. A wide distribution network ensures PepsiCo products are readily available to customers all over the UAE and many parts of the world.
Nestlé Middle East’s heritage goes back over 80 years to 1934 when the first import operation was set up in Lebanon. Today, Nestlé Middle East owns and operates 18 factories and provides direct employment to
more than 13,000 employees who are all committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. It also provides indirect employment to several thousand more.
The Nestlé portfolio in the region currently exceeds 60 innovative product brands in a wide range of categories: dairy products and infant nutrition, bottled water, chocolate and confectionery, coffee creamers, breakfast cereals, culinary products, health science, skin health, and Pet Care, among others. Nestlé Nido, Nestlé NAN, S-26, Progress, Maggi, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Coffeemate, Nestlé Cerelac, Nestlé Fitness, Nestlé Pure Life, Nespresso, Optifast and Cetaphil are just some of the brands available in the Middle East.
Supported by 84 operations in 40 countries, IFFCO has developed several brands, which include Allana, London Dairy, Igloo, Tiffany, Savannah, Noor, Rahma, Hayat, Allegro, Al Baker and Al Khazna. We offer unmatched value to our consumers, reaching markets across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, West Asia, Far East, Australia and the USA.
The core principles and pillars on which the IFFCO brand has been built are reflected in our vision statement: “THE PREFERRED PROVIDER OF ESSENTIAL AND VALUE-ADDED FOODS FOR EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE & EVERYDAY.”
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2017,
driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
At the heart of PepsiCo is our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world enable PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information:
Al Ain Farms is one of the UAE's leading Dairy, Juice and Poultry companies. Al Ain Farms was formed in 1981 under the vision of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Father of the Nation.
The Company became the first on the UAE scene to deliver fresh dairy and poultry products to its customers, heralding a new beginning for the region to become self-sufficient in food production. Going from being the UAE’s first dairy farm with just 200 cows Al Ain Farms became the forefront of the growing food industry and has established itself as the pre-eminent food brand. Today, Al Ain Farms is set to propel the company into wider markets as it gears up for exponential growth.
Part of FrieslandCampina purpose is “nourishing by nature”, we supply millions of consumers globally with high quality dairy products every day. We’ve been operating in GCC since 1955 and our brands RAINBOW
Milk, Frico cheese are household names today.
FrieslandCampina Middle East operates across the Arabian Peninsula in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Yemen and Kuwait. Our geographical scope also includes the Levant countries.
We are among the first multinational dairy companies that entered the Middle East market. our popular brand RAINBOW quality milk was launched in the region in an evaporated milk format. Since then, the rich and creamy taste of RAINBOW quality milk has been loved by the region’s consumers for generations.
We have a vision to further expand business and contribute to society (health, food/nutrient security)
About Dubai Industrial City - CEO ROUND TABLE SPONSOR
Dubai Industrial City is one of the largest industrial hubs in Dubai and a member of TECOM Group. The destination aims to fast-track the growth and expansion of the industrial sector in the UAE, seeking to
attract players in the light and medium manufacturing sectors with specific emphasis on food and beverage, base metals, transport equipment and parts, machinery and mechanical equipment, workshops, logistics, chemicals, and mineral products.
Offering a cost-effective and efficient business environment for the region’s manufacturing sector, Dubai Industrial City today serves as an enabling ecosystem for investors with its integrated offerings of industrial land, labor villages, and warehousing.
Yellow Door Energy provides solar leases (power purchase agreements) to food & beverage manufacturers in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Its customers include Nestlé Middle East, Carrefour
Jordan/Majid Al Futtaim, among others.
With a solar lease, F&B manufactures can go solar with ease, and:
• Reduce energy bills by 10 to 40%
• Improve power reliability and cost predictability
• Lower carbon emissions and enhance sustainability
As the solar lease provider, YDE manages all stages of the solar plant: financing, procurement, engineering design, construction, commissioning, operating and maintaining. The F&B manufacturer simply signs the solar lease and pays a monthly solar bill once the plant is operational.
Yellow Door Energy was founded in 2015 in the UAE and Jordan. The company now has over 100 megawatts of solar projects in development.
Food People are the regions first and only food and beverage specific talent solutions business, based in Dubai. We partner with organisations, from farm to fork, to support in connecting great talent with
respected businesses across the region. Food People was created as a niche business that enables the creation of true partnerships where the approach is tailored and consultative. We also take pride in connecting food & beverage organisations with the aim of optimising the supply chain, increasing our value add.
Food People have extensive experience in the Middle East with an unrivalled, International network that is specific to the industry. Our cultural understanding is unparalleled and we have a real appreciation for diverse backgrounds and how they interact within different working environments. As the market develops across the region we continue to increase our local talent pool of professionals whilst engaging and educating international candidates that could relocate to satisfy the demands of cutting edge technology or trends from more developed markets.
Our long term objective is to play a pivotal role in the food and beverage industry, offering relevant insights and building a more collaborative landscape that can learn and develop from each other. We have the ambition to build bridges between the food industry and academic institutions across the region, that will not only encourage coaching and development for today’s youth but also play a small part in the future of food.
Tate & Lyle is a global provider of ingredients and solutions for food, beverage and industrial markets. Inspired by our purpose of Improving Lives for Generations, we work with our customers to make food
and drink healthier and tastier. Through our expertise in key categories, we deliver sweetness, texture and fibre enrichment to products enjoyed by millions of people every day.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80 000 employees,
SGS operates a network of over 1 650 offices and laboratories around the world. Enhancing processes, systems and skills is fundamental to your ongoing success and sustained growth. We enable you to continuously improve, transforming your services and value chain by increasing performance, managing risks, better meeting stakeholder requirements, and managing sustainability.
With a global presence, we have a history of successfully executing large-scale, complex international projects. Our people speak the language, understand the culture of the local market and operate globally in a consistent, reliable and effective manner.
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is one of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Less than an hour’s drive from Dubai. RAK offers a strategic geographical location that
helps companies easily take advantage of the trade flows between East and West.
In the recent years, RAK has witnessed tremendous economic growth and has developed as a global manufacturing destination, which arose from the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. Today, RAK has the highest level of industrialisation in the UAE, with manufacturing at 26% of the GDP. Strong diversification across multiple sectors has also taken place in the emirate, including not only manufacturing but also services, trading and tourism.
To further maintain the emirate’s position as a beacon for global entrepreneurship and innovation as well as provide broader business opportunities and incentives to investors, Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) was launched.
RAKEZ is a powerhouse business and industrial hub that offers wide-ranging customisable solutions to investors from all over the globe. Presently, the economic zone houses over 14,500 multinational companies and thousands of freelancers from more than 100 countries, covering over 50 industries, making it one of the largest economic zones in the region.
RAKEZ uniquely offers free zone and non-free zone entity formations, and provides its clients easy access to fast-growing markets in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, South and Central Asia through the major logistical hubs available in the emirate. These include: an international airport; multi-lane superhighways that connect to the rest of the emirates and neighbouring countries; and five seaports, led by Saqr Port, the largest bulk handling port in the Middle East.
The authority is a customer-focused entity offering a high level of ‘ease of doing business’ through its simplified business set-up processes and first-class services provided in one-stop shops. From licensing, visa, leasing and other support services, clients can accomplish everything in one location. RAKEZ one-stop shops also serve as a focal point to various government entities, relieving the clients from the task of approaching various entities just to submit their applications.
Committed to meet individual company needs, RAKEZ provides a variety of facility choices. For entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers, the economic zone offers Flexi facilities, which are cost-effective shared workstations. SMEs looking to build a permanent presence in the market can choose from offices of various sizes located in premier business centres. Manufacturers and traders, on the other hand, can set up their operations in RAKEZ’s state-of-the-art warehouses or build their own facilities in land plots of unlimited sizes.
RAKEZ has six specialised zones to cater to various industries, these include: RAKEZ Business Zone for the service and commercial industries; Al Hamra, Al Ghail and Al Hulaila Industrial Zones for manufacturing and large industrial projects; RAKEZ Academic Zone for educational institutions and service providers; and RAKEZ Media Zone, which serves media firms and professionals.
In addition to a wide range of customisable solutions for existing clients and potential investors, RAKEZ offers far-reaching support with three local offices in Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and international offices in India and Germany.
A leading economic zone, RAKEZ is dedicated to global attracting investors to underpin Ras Al Khaimah’s thriving economy and nurture them in its cost-effective ecosystem where businesses effectively collaborate and grow.