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Food and beverage consumption in GCC countries is growing exponentially driven by a booming population and rapid tourism growth. Total food consumption in the region is expected to reach 51.9 million metric tonnes by 2019, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5 per cent between 2014 and 2019.
As a consequence, GCC member states are witnessing increased investment from food processing companies eager to take advantage of emerging market opportunities. With 70 per cent of food products in the GCC being imported, there is a rapidly growing food processing industry supplying both the local and re-export markets. The UAE, in particular, is one of the leading food importers and re-exporters to the wider region.
Much of the increase in food consumption is taking place ‘on-premise’ with the eating-out market in the region growing rapidly. In the UAE alone, an additional 1,600 food outlets are set to join the food & beverage sector by 2019.
With such rapid growth taking place, it becomes even more important that food operators ensure that best practice hygiene standards are being followed. Several countries have introduced, or are in the process of introducing, new legislation aimed at driving up food hygiene standards.
Last year, for example, Dubai Municipality rolled out a new Colour Coding System to all food establishments in the city aimed at improving levels of hygiene and food safety. The new grading system, based on global best practice, requires all premises, including restaurants, cafeterias, catering companies and food manufacturers, to display their inspection ratings for customers to see.
Early evidence suggests that the new scheme is having the desired effect of increasing transparency and food safety standards. In the first nine months of this year, 1,084 food outlets were awarded an excellent ‘A’ rating. A further 7,052 outlets secured a ‘B’ rating of ‘very good’, a significant improvement on last year’s total of 3,776 establishments. At the other extreme, 163 food outlets have been temporarily closed due to maintenance and hygiene issues.
Arpal Gulf works closely with our customers in ensuring that their premises remain spotlessly clean and that best practice hygiene standards are being followed. Our extensive experience in the Middle East, spanning two decades, provided us with an exciting opportunity for related diversification into fruit and vegetable disinfection
We have a patented multi-component disinfectant ideal for use on fruit and vegetables. The oxidising agent used is hydrogen peroxide, bonded with stabilising agents to form a complex solution. A long-lasting effect is ensured by the addition of silver, which acts as a catalyst in trace amounts. The bactericidal effect of silver is based on the fact that the monovalent silver ion binds very firmly to bacterial proteins by a covalent or coordinate bond, and thus inactivates or precipitates these.
Key product features include the following: