In this Issue:
Cover Story: The Great Arabian Food Fight
Special Feature: Al in baking
News: What’s happening in food and beverage technology
My Say: Jill Stanley
Industry Report: Fruit
Giesen: New technology
Directory – Suppliers list
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THE QATAR CONNECTION
A recent trip to the blockaded Middle Eastern country of Qatar has opened my eyes to the instability of food supply and the power of nationalism. When countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates stopped all air and land links this time last year in an effort to punish what they considered to be a maverick sibling showing off its modern, forward-thinking to the world, the more than two million inhabitants of Qatar seriously wondered if their food
supplies from traditional sources would dry up. But a seachange has happened, thanks to the actions of the country’s clever leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani to not only encourage Qatari-based food and beverage companies to up their game and start manufacturing non-traditional food inhouse, but also offering funding, rebates and fasttrack construction of manufacturing plants. An example is egg production – from producing very few a year ago, the country now supplies all its eggs from farms strewn across the desert landscape. The supermarkets are dotted with more than 100 Kiwi products – such as Whittaker’s chocolate, Anchor cheese, beef, lamb, Jazz apples and Wattie’s frozen vegies. I visited a company based in the sprawling industrial area of Doha that has recently opened the country’s first cheese factory utilising Fonterra dried milk powder…check out what I saw on page 16. Have a great June.
Editor NZ FOODTechnology