Carabao ice cream, new keto-friendly options at Choithrams, healthier vending machine requests, and more features in our roundup


Carabao ice cream: the Filipino brand Arce Dairy expands its distribution in Saudi Arabia after its launch in the United Arab Emirates

Filipino carabao ice cream brand Arce Dairy made its Middle East debut with a recent launch in the United Arab Emirates, and now plans to enter Saudi Arabia and other GCC markets next year. .

Introduced by SandBox, Arce Dairy’s exclusive distributor in the CCG region, the brand first debuted in the United Arab Emirates at the Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020, before subsequently selling in supermarkets and retailers. Emirates grocery stores, such as Westzone, Choitrams, Al Maya, New Era and Metro Manila supermarket.

SandBox is now working with Filipino restaurants in the United Arab Emirates to expand the distribution of traditional Arce Dairy flavors.

Arce Dairy’s ice cream is made from fresh carabao milk. Carabao is a water buffalo native to the Philippines. Carabaos milk is richer in proteins, calcium, iron and phosphorus while being lower in cholesterol than cow’s milk. Carabao milk also gives a creamier mouthfeel to ice cream.

Keto-friendly: United Arab Emirates Healthy Food Brand Thrriv Grows Into Retail With Choithrams List

The new healthy food brand Thrriv has secured retail listings at 17 Choithrams stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The UAE-based company has started selling keto-friendly bread, jam and ice cream aimed at diabetics in the online space, its online store as well as Noon Daily, Kibsons and Shop Kitopi.

Led by Founder and CEO, Radhika Sil said FoodNavigator-Asia: “When we launched Thrriv, it was important for us to engage with our customers who will be able to provide feedback on our products.

“We first launched our own e-commerce platform for a few months, before expanding into other e-commerce platforms. The activity developed rapidly, shortly after, we settled in the HORECA for the supply of hotels and restaurants. We had planned to go into retail in Q4 2021, so entering Choithrams in September was earlier than expected. “

‘Expensive and nutrient-poor’: UAE survey finds 80% of people want healthier options from vending machines

New data from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) shows that 81% of people want healthier foods and drinks from vending machines.

Water, chocolate and crisps were reported as the most frequently purchased items currently, according to an online survey distributed to 1,250 students and staff at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Traditional vending machines store snacks, sweets, and carbonated drinks, which are mostly high-energy, low-nutrient foods.

As there is currently little data in the United Arab Emirates on the frequency of consumption of foods sold in universities and on attitudes and behaviors regarding selling options, researchers from the United Arab Emirates and Australia administered a questionnaire. online on current food choices and consumer attitudes towards vending machines in the UAE.

The results can be used to inform stakeholders of current sales behaviors and to plan tailored interventions to improve the nutritional quality of items sold and promote healthier food choices.“, The researchers published in food.

Food chain woes: Lack of reliable data and understanding on bacterial contamination in Arab countries

Evidence from a review article revealed a lack of awareness of the extent of foodborne infections in Arab countries.

The study revealed how Salmonella, Campylobacterand L. monocytogeneshave been frequently detected in various types of foods in the Middle East, but the risk factors for these pathogens are not well studied and the incidence of human infections is not well documented.

The researchers wrote: “(There is) a variable trend in the detection rates of Salmonella in various Arab countries, which could be attributed to the variability of the laboratory methods used, as well as the variability of the types of food samples (d animal or plant origin) and their origin (local versus imported).

Tate & Lyle Innovation Center in Dubai to Make Efforts to Reduce Sugar and Calories in the Region

The global ingredients specialist has opened a $ 2 million technical application center in Dubai, designed to help local producers in bakery, dairy, beverages, sauces and dressings develop formulations to meet growing consumer demand. of the region.

Food scientists at Tate & Lyle will work hand-in-hand with customers to study ingredients and recipes that will help reduce the sugar, fat and calorie content of their products. They can also help add benefits like fiber and nutrients without affecting the sensory experience.

The center also has state-of-the-art equipment and an optimized prototyping process designed to accelerate and accelerate time to market.

“The launch of our new technical application center in Dubai marks an important step in our expansion in the region”,Said Dominique Floch, Managing Director, Turkey, Middle East & Africa at Tate & Lyle.

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