FMCG Retail & Distribution

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Posted: 08-08-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Kraft's recent announcement to split its operations into two publicly traded companies outlines a plan to create two different trading entities with distinct priorities and strengths. This is intended to help the company achieve the next stage of its ongoing restructuring process, since its acquisition of Cadbury in January 2010. Kraft is now bundling and spinning off its US Beverages, Cheese, Convenient Meals and Grocery segments, the non-snack categories in Canada and its foodservice operations, which are worth an estimated US$16 billion in sales in total. The larger of t
Posted: November 25, 2014
UAE. EC Harris provided project management including health and safety services and cost management across all 20 screen cinemas for Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas.
Posted: November 25, 2014
UAE. Quick-service favourite commended for convenience, speed, and accessibility
Posted: November 25, 2014
UAE. An increasing number of UAE retailers are pulling all stops to to identify and recruit the next generation of market-savvy leaders, in preparation for Expo 2020.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. International Autumn Trade Fair, now branded as "Smart Living"; UAE's retail sales crossed US$66 billion in 2013, according to A.T. Kearney Global Retail Development Index.
Posted: November 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia is the single-largest food market in the Gulf, accounting for more than 60% of the region's total food consumption.
Posted: November 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Fawaz Alhokair Group plans to raise US$2 billion from the initial public offering of its Arabian Centres malls unit, surpassing a similar sale by rival Dubai operator Emaar Properties.
Posted: November 14, 2014
OMAN. A key element in food security, agrobiodiversity has become an issue of increasing international concern in recent years, as a rapidly growing world population has already begun to impact on food demand.
Posted: November 10, 2014
UAE. The new Solana collection is inspired directly from the brightness and warmth of the sun which is pictured in the name translating into "sunny spot" in Spanish.
Posted: November 6, 2014
UAE. Doors will open to the public for the first time at 10.00 a.m. on 19th November, days ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Posted: November 4, 2014
UAE. The Most admired retailer of the year in the Luxury segment commends a business that has proven to be world class in the category of luxury watches, eyewear, writing instruments, leather accessories and luxury communication.
Posted: October 31, 2014
UAE. UAE textile industry is undergoing major reorientation toward non-clothing applications; UAE export share ahead of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherland and China; World textile and apparel trade expected to reach US$805 billion by 2015.
Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Macy's will open its first namesake location outside the US in 2018, a four-level store slated to anchor a new shopping center in Al Maryah Island.
Posted: October 27, 2014
UAE. "Journey of a Dress" exhibition until October 31st.
Posted: October 23, 2014
UAE. The Middle East Council of shopping Centres (MECSC) recognizes Majid Al Futtaim for his contributions to the MENA region.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. Soaring population statistics and up to 90% reliance on imported products foster long term supply concerns; GCC government focus on strategic diversification and domestic initiatives for future sector sustainability.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
UAE. An advisory body to the UAE government has suggested that the central bank review the country's currency peg to the U.S. dollar, but local bankers said any change to the peg remained very unlikely for the foreseeable future.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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