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First Central Hotel Suites Recognized for Sustainability & CSR Initiatives

First Central Hotel Suites bagged top accolades for sustainability and corporate social responsibility at The Middle East Cleaning, Hygiene and Facilities Awards 2018. The first of its kind ceremony in Dubai brought together over 300 of the industry’s biggest players from the cleaning, hospitality and soft FM sector under one roof to celebrate their achievements. The team at First Central Hotel Suites led by Mustafa Hassan, Director of HR won Gold in the Commitment to Sustainability while Venkatesh Parthasarathy took home Silver in CSR Company of the Year category. Wael El Behi, General Manager of First Central Hotel Suites, said, “We are delighted to be recognized for our commitment to sustainable practices and CSR initiatives. Environmental protection and conservation of natural

The Broadest Cultures Offer for Plant-Based Food & Beverages

DuPont Nutrition & Health announces its Danisco® VEGE Cultures, a new portfolio of cultures specially formulated for the plant-based fermented products market. Danisco® VEGE Cultures have been developed for a wide-ranging variety of plant-based raw materials, such as soy, coconut, nuts, oat, maize, rice, fruits and
Articles

2017 Shaped Up As a Great Year for Hospitality

The Annual Hospitality Forum at Horeca 2018 hosted a roundtable entitled “GM Roundtable: Predictions of the ongoing development of the Lebanese hospitality sector up to 2020”. The participants in the roundtable were Georges Ojeil, the General Manager of Le Gray Beirut and Dagmar Symes, the General Manager of Phoenicia

Why ‘Medium’ Should Mean No Compromise in Performance

The word ‘medium’ can often suggest an element of compromise, whether that be ‘taking the middle course’ in a discussion, or asking for a steak that is neither rare nor well-done. When it comes to the purchase of goods or services, the compromise is usually seen as cost-driven. Most of us would choose to buy the
Interviews & Profiles

Rishi: Consumption Patterns Are Changing and the Industry Is Working on Premium Menus

Invest Northern Ireland (INI) is a regional business development agency that supports new and existing businesses in Northern Ireland to grow and compete internationally. INI also promotes Northern Ireland as a UK/European location for investment and a destination for education from boarding schools through to post graduate study. The organisation works across various sectors and the Food and Drink industry has been identified as one of the key drivers of the economy, with Northern Ireland’s Food and Drink being the region’s largest manufacturer and a leading exporter – with products exported to over 70 countries. foodHQ interviewed Sheethal Rishi, Senior Business Development Manager at Invest Northern Ireland, based in Dubai handles the Food and Drink, Hospitality and Design sectors with

The Experience of the Future

McDonald's, the world’s largest burger chain, is currently in the process of upgrading and renovating its restaurants in Lebanon to provide customers with a modern dining experience. McDonald’s Lebanon launched its new “experience of the future” dining model (EOTF) with the inauguration of its renovated Dora branch.
Events

INTERPOMA CHINA 2018 Successfully Concluded in Weihai

The INTERPOMA CHINA 2018 International Congress & Exhibition is concluded, marking the second successful China edition of the event organized by Fiera Bolzano in cooperation with Messe München Shanghai. The two-day event attracted 1,000 professional apple industry expo visitors from China and around the world, who were eager to participate in the modernization and globalization of China’s apple industry. The Congress garnered 650 attendees which discussed the latest growing techniques and technologies, while industry leaders from China introduced the state of the Chinese industry. The learning and networking experience gained an extra boost from two orchard tours, which were appreciated from both Chinese and international attendees. “This is the professional show for the apple industry, so
Ingredients & Additives Focus

Additives Add a Twist to the Food Industry

Growing urbanization, hectic lifestyles, need for food preservation, growing concerns towards food safety due to contamination, rising health concerns, consumer demand for better quality, and increasing consumption of premium food products have increased the demand for food additives. They are used to enhance the taste, color, texture of food, and at the same time, to maintain the freshness and nutritional content. As a result, additives have gained global importance over the years, and are being widely used in existing as well as new & emerging food applications.

GENU Pectin: A Versatile, Consumer-Friendly Hydrocolloid for the Long Term

For many years, pectin has been widely used as a stabilizing, texturizing and gelling agent in a variety of foods - often used as a staple in "Grandma's pantry" for preserving fruit jams and jellies at home - while growing increasingly popular in formulating various beverages, such as acidified protein drinks and fruit
Packaging

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 can get everything from one hand, including the software and comprehensive customer support. As a single-source provider, the company supplies and installs the packaging lines and adjusts them individually to the products of the customer. The new BEUMER fillpac R filling machine fills bulk material from the building materials industry and other industrial pulverized goods into bags in an efficient and gentle way and with the required throughput. It can fill very fine to very

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

The Multihead Weighing Technology: Mix it Up for Profit

The enhanced versatility of mix weighing offers many opportunities for manufacturers supplying the retail sector, explains Ian Atkinson of Ishida Europe. Convenience has become a dominating factor in many areas of the retail food market. One result of this is the growth in popularity of pre-mixed packs for everything
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
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Zero-Emission Technologies Provide Avenues to Refrigeration Vehicles

The commercial refrigeration equipment market was estimated to exceed USD31 billion in 2015. Increasing demand for packaged food and beverages with high growth in hospitality industry has led to significant industry growth. Furthermore, increasing trend towards consumer dining out and ongoing expansion of retail chains across the globe including Europe and Asia Pacific is contributing to the overall industry growth. Recently, the food industry has started formulating the seafood exports, globally owing to the reduction in overall meat consumption in the Europe and North America owing to environmental and sustainability impacts. It offers manufacturers with immense opportunities for growth by developing efficient and advanced refrigeration equipment to handle extra seafood.

It's A Chocolate Commitment

In the recent years our Company is seeing an increasing demand for refrigerated cabinet specific made for Chocolate products especially in the Middle East Area. The Maitres Chocolatier recognize the essential importance of having a proper refrigerated cabinet to preserve chocolate in the best way. For this reason

A-Tec Spiral Freezer Provide Additional Hygiene & Space Benefits

GEA has announced two new options for its trusted A-Tec spiral freezer for the North American market that provide significant hygiene and practical benefits to its food processing customers while maintaining all the essential and unique performance features of the range. By locating the fan electrical motor outside the
Industry Spotlights

Oshakits.Com Introduces New Premium Food Safety Spill Kits

OSHAKits.com, a well-known developer of customizable Food Safety Spill Kits, announced the availability of its new Premium Food Safety Spill Kit featuring PURELL� Foodservice Surface Sanitizer. "Norovirus can quickly spread through a restaurant, and this is why national restaurant and retail food chains are choosing to implement biohazard cleanup kits system-wide for spills involving vomit, blood, feces and other potentially infectious body fluids," said Owen Griffin, vice president of business development for OSHAKits.com. "We saw the need to develop a complete kit that features products designed to quickly and effectively kill E. coli, norovirus and other potentially hazardous bacteria and viruses that can cause foodborne illnesses." A ready-to-use food contact safe and OSHA-compliant

IMA Benhil: First Multipack 2000 Goes To Butter Producer Agral

Agral S.A., one of the largest butter producers in Europe, is the first company to have IMA Benhil's newly developed wrapping machine "Multipack 2000" installed. This will enable the butter producer to achieve considerable productivity growth in its manufacturing processes. "As a very compact and flexible wrapping
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

Automation

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.
Consumer Corner

Intimacy serves Best

Consumers seek products and brands they have developed an emotional connection to. A recent study discovered that international brands are in the lead. The report by MBLM agency examined the brands that have the strongest bond with consumers in the country. International firms Kraft and Nestle came in the lead. Local and regional brands also had an impressive presence in the market and the study conducted, showed that consumers are willing to pay 20 percent more for products from region brands Americana and Almarai.

Poultry & Eggs

Sure as eggs is eggs, eggs never fail the food industry, and by the looks of it, they’re here to stay. Nothing can brighten your day better than Sunnyside up eggs. You can go with boiled, scrambled or fancy it up a bit with Omelets & Frittatas the point is eggs just tie breakfast together. You can never go wrong with a

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