Organic growth: Indian infant nutrition company Slurrp Farm emphasizes retail focus for the United Arab Emirates
India-based organic infant nutrition company Slurrp Farm is targeting retail expansion in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a market it believes is key to achieving major growth.
Specializing in the production of organic foods for toddlers and kids, Slurrp Farm spans many categories from grains to pasta to baked goods, with a focus on using nutrient-dense superfoods like millet, oats, amaranth, ragi and more.
After initial national successes in native India, the company has also focused on the UAE as a key growth market as demographic and consumer trends strongly drive the children’s products sector.
“The UAE is an extremely exciting market for children’s products, largely due to the presence of a melting pot of people from different cultures who are very health conscious and knowledgeable and therefore looking for the best possible products for their children.” Shauravi Malik, co-founder of Slurrp Farm, narrates FoodNavigator Asia.
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India, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been named foodtech and ag-tech investment hotspots by regional experts, while Vietnam and the Philippines are said to be among the next available opportunities.
That’s the opinion of Isabelle Decitre and Vandana Dhaul of investment and advisory firm ID Capital, organizers of the Future Food Asia Awards.
Dhaul said the UAE has established 177 hydroponic farms since 2019, about 100 of which produce organic food.
Probiotic yogurt and liver disease: Researchers begin RCTs to assess effects
A new study will examine whether probiotic yogurt may be a cost-effective answer to preventing the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Researchers in Iran are enrolling 68 patients with NAFLD who are randomly assigned to receive either 300g of probiotic yogurt or 300g of plain yogurt daily. The probiotic version contains 106 cfu/g of it Lactobacillus acidophilusand Bifidobacterium lactis tribes.
The researchers believe that manipulating the microbiome can lead to beneficial effects, as current weight loss programs have had limited long-term success.
“Changes in gut microbiota composition, termed dysbiosis, are strongly associated with the development and progression of NAFLD,”they said.
Al Rawabi builds $177 million dairy facility in KIZAD
KIZAD, part of AD Ports Group’s Economic Cities & Free Zones (EC&FZ) cluster, has announced the signing of a lease agreement with UAE dairy and juice producer Al Rawabi for the construction of a dedicated dairy production facility in Abu Dhabi to meet growing consumer demand.
Under the terms of the agreement, Al Rawabi will initially develop two square kilometers in KIZAD and reserve an additional three square kilometers for the future. The AED650 million (US$177 million) dairy farm will house 10,000 Al Rawabi cows and bolster the company’s export efforts across the region.
Abdullah Al Hameli, Head of EC&FZ said: “Al Rawabi’s trust in KIZAD is a testament to AD Ports Group’s commitment to advancing the UAE’s national food security strategy by supplying quality dairy and food products, while contributing to the growth of the country’s industrial sector.”
Ghana and Dubai in talks to set up cocoa trading platform
With the establishment of a cocoa trading platform in the Gulf Emirate, Dubai could become an important hub for Ghana’s cocoa.
Walid Hareb, Chief Executive Officer of the United Arab Emirates Trade Centre, approached Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Ghana’s Minister of Food and Agriculture, said such a platform would help Ghana access European and Arab markets.because the whole world is in Dubai“.