Oman ups inspections, controls on fruits and vegetables after UAE ban

Last month, the UAE announced a ban on melons, carrots and watercress from Oman

Qatar introduces price caps on 418 products for Ramadan

Prices of products including rice, flour, cooking oil, milk and meat have been capped

Apparel Group signs GCC franchise deal for Sumo Sushi & Bento

The first location under the agreement will open on June 1 in Doha Festival City

ICONS Coffee Couture signs franchise deal for 15 branches in Saudi

The brand currently has nine outlets in the UAE

Qatar ups pesticide testing after UAE produce ban

The country now requires select fruits and vegetables to be tested before being released at ports

Oman says 98% of produce within pesticide limits after UAE ban

Yesterday, UAE media reported that the country had decided to ban some fruits and vegetables from the sultanate

UAE to ban produce from select Middle East countries in May

The ban is said to affect fruits and vegetables from Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen

Ireland seeks closer relationship with GCC countries

Globally, Ireland is seeking to grow its exports from EUR11bn ($11.86bn) in 2015 to EUR19bn ($20.4bn) in 2025

GCC soft drinks prices to rise 50% – report

Soft drinks manufacturers have decided to pass a new selective tax directly onto consumers, according to reports

Saudi Arabia halts Brazilian meat imports over food safety fears

Police in the country have accused more than 100 people of taking bribes to allow the sale of rancid products

UAE to implement soft drink, tobacco tax this year

The selective tax has been agreed by Gulf countries, with Saudi Arabia eyeing implementation from April

Saudi orders 735,000 tonnes of wheat

The order is expected to arrive in the kingdom from May to July

UberEATS eyes next Middle East location after Dubai growth

The delivery app has signed up more than 500 restaurants in Dubai, according to its regional head

Gulf food consumption to grow 4.2% annually to 2021 – Alpen

Alpen said Saudi and the UAE would continue to lead regional consumption

Saudi to maintain bread subsidies

The kingdom is the highest per capita consumer of bread in the world, according to reports

Saudi women allowed to operate food carts in Jeddah

The first cart operated by a Saudi woman has been licensed in Jeddah

French burger brand Big Fernand eyes Middle East expansion

Big Fernand opened its first Dubai outlet last year

Calorie information to be introduced at Dubai restaurants

Food labelling is being introduced to encourage healthy eating, according to reports

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BRF, Qatar to buy Turkish poultry firm Banvit in $470m venture

The deal is part of BRF’s move into the halal market

Saudi says soft drink, tobacco tax yet to be implemented

The new taxes are at least three months from being implemented

UAE Armed Forces pens $208m of F&B deals

The contracts were signed at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi

Nearly half of Dubai outlets to stop selling shawarmas

Municipality inspections revealed many outlets were not abiding by new preparation rules

Jumeirah to shut down Dubai’s [email protected] restaurant

The company said the new project was part of an innovation plan for Emirates Towers Boulevard

Pure Harvest plans UAE tomato farm after $1.1m Shorooq investment

The company said its climate-controlled growing system can be used to grow fruit and veg year-round in the Gulf

Gulf relies on imports for 90% of food

Food security is a growing issue in the Gulf region

Discount app VoucherSkout launches in the UAE

New discount app claims to offer better value than buy-one-get-one-free

Deliveroo raises $275m investment after global expansion

The UK-based company launched in the UAE in December 2015

Qatar bans minimum charges in restaurants

Currently many F&B establishments in the emirate force customers to place a minimum order

Kuwait’s Alghanim to launch Wendy’s fast food chain in Saudi

Announcement follows the company’s acqusition of the regional rights to the brand in 2015

Marco Pierre White – from ‘enfant terrible’ to international businessman

During a candid Q&A session the revolutionary celebrity chef reveals the life experiences that made him a successful restaurateur