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Food and Beverage Supply Chain in UAE

Food and Beverage Supply Chain in UAE

Supply Chain Trends for Food and Beverage
As a leading provider of logistics solutions for the food and beverage industry, Al Sharqi Shipping has its finger on the pulse of the latest trends and developments. Here are five key insights into what's shaping the industry right now: 

Clean Label & Sustainable Package

Food products with no additives or preservatives will be a trend that the industry will focus on.


Plant-Based Food

Plant-based food and beverages are becoming a vital trend due to health consciousness. 


National Food Security Strategies 

Government-led food security strategies are influencing trends in food production and supply chains Sourcing.

Functional Beverages

People are looking for more specialized formulas to hydrate and maintain nutritional balance.


Technology-enabled food production

There will be significant developments in food production using AI, robotics, and data management.  

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Our experience in the field and our global network

The food industry’s supply chain typically involves multiple stages, including sourcing raw materials, manufacturing or processing, transportation, and distribution to retailers or consumers. Each stage of the supply chain is critical in ensuring food safety, quality, and freshness.

According to a study conducted by Euromonitor in 2018, the retail market of Gulf countries is expected to grow by USD 24 billion over the next five years. The UAE is projected to lead this trend with a growth rate of 16%, reaching a value of USD 63.8 billion in 2023 from USD 55 billion in 2018. The UAE’s favorable demographics and strong economic growth projection will drive the growth of the food and beverages retail market in the country, despite 80% of its agricultural products being imported due to its diverse population. The F&B market in the UAE was valued at USD 13.2 billion in 2020, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the country.

The processing stage of the food supply chain is where raw materials undergo various processes, such as cleaning, grinding, cooking, or packaging, to transform them into finished food products. This stage plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and quality of food products by adhering to food safety standards and regulations.

Some of the key trends driving the food and beverages industry in 2023 include the increasing demand for healthy and natural products, the rise of plant-based and vegan food options, the adoption of new technologies for food production and distribution, and the growing interest in sustainable and ethical practices in the industry. 

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