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UAE Demand Soars for European Dairy Products

28 November 2019

UAE - The UAE’s imports of European cream increased to 8,702 tonnes in 2018 with France exporting 3,533 tonnes alone, according to the latest research from CNIEL, the French Dairy Board.

The value of French cream exported to the UAE in 2018 was valued at over AED36 million, an increase of 18 percent on 2017 and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.3 percent since 2010.

Marie-Laure Martin, international project manager from CNIEL, said: "The UAE and France enjoy a strong bond thanks to business and cultural links. French food exports, particularly cream, has helped further endorse the relationship between both countries as it grows in popularity from both a commercial perspective, through the increasing number of hotels ahead of Expo 2020, and from residents who are using the finest produce when baking or cooking meals at home."

In addition to the UAE, several other countries in the Middle East have seen the popularity of European dairy exports increase in the last decade, she added.

Saudi Arabia imported 12,921 tonnes of EU cream, totalling over AED147 million while Kuwait and Lebanon have seen this value of EU cream imports in 2018 increase to AED28.8 million and AED43.8 respectively.

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Source: Arabian Business

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