French food products gaining momentum in UAE

Sophia Salmi, Head of Agri-Business Development, Consulate General of France, Dubai; Mrs Raja Rabia, Consul General, Consulate General of France, Dubai and Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group. - Supplied photo

Staff Report

Food and beverage (F&B) products from France gaining momentum in the UAE specially the French bread. French exports to the UAE represent around €400 million in sales annually and the leading exports include mainly beverages (30%), dairy products (16%) and fruits (9%), according to Business France – the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy.

France is hosting SIAL Paris, the world’s largest food innovation exhibition, on October 21-25 this year. The UAE is an active participant at the SIAL exhibition as a large number of delegation visits exhibition, which is held every two years.

This was discussed between Kamal Vachani, Group Director of Al Maya Group, and Mrs Raja Rabia, Consul General of France in Dubai. The Consul General visited Al Maya Supermarket at Murooj Complex in Dubai. Vachani mentioned that a large number of UAE companies participate in SIAL exhibition including a delegation of senior officials from Al Maya Group.

Vachani said Al Maya stocks and sells a large range of French products in the UAE and these products are high in demand in the country.

Mrs Raja Rabia, Consul General, appreciated Al Maya Group’s role in supporting and promoting French products in the UAE. The Consul General extends full support to Al Maya Group for the promotion of French products in the UAE.

Al Maya Group, the UAE-based business conglomerate, has more than 50 supermarkets in the GCC countries in addition to other businesses.

Vachani thanked the Consul General for visiting Al Maya Supermarket, and assured his full support from Al Maya Group.