Top Australian dairy opens Dubai office
Dubai, February 25, 2013
Murray Goulburn (MG) Co-operative Company, Australia’s leading dairy company, has opened its Middle East office in Dubai.
Gary Helou, managing director of MG, said a presence in Dubai, in addition to existing offices in Tokyo, Ho Chi Min City and Singapore, would enable the 100 per cent dairy farmer-owned co-operative to market its milk powders, butter and cheese to important customers and consumers in the region.
“The new office allows MG to forge strong relationships with local ingredient processors and food service customers.” He said the product range marketed in the Middle East would be boosted with the launch of a new range of consumer products later in the year.
Mena is the world’s second largest dairy import region, importing a combined 1.2 million tonnes of dairy produce valued at A$3.8 billion ($3.92 billion).
Helou said the demand for dairy products was growing significantly in the Mena region, as in many other parts of Asia and that companies with access to on-farm supply were in a stronger position to service the future market growth.
“The Australian dairy industry is extremely well positioned to help meet increasing Middle Eastern demand for dairy products and contribute to food security in the region. MG, which processes one-third of Australian milk, will have a key role to play,” Helou said.
“Exports of Victorian dairy products to Mena were worth A$285 million in 2011/12, but with Australian dairy accounting for less than 10 per cent share of this crucial market, MG believes there is significant untapped potential for future export growth.”
He said Australia’s reputation for being clean and green set the nation’s dairy products apart. “Our dairy farmer suppliers graze their dairy cattle on pasture-based production systems and are vertically integrated with MG’s processing and marketing business. This means that MG can offer its customers full traceability to support our exemplary record for food safety.”
Announcing the opening at Dubai’s Gulfood, the world’s largest food and hospitality show, Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said the establishment of the new MG office reflected major opportunities for growth in exports of Victorian dairy products to the region.
“MG is the largest dairy exporter from Australia and one of the largest container exporters from the Port of Melbourne, generating export revenue of $1.2 billion in 2011/12,” Walsh said.
“The company recognises substantial opportunities for export growth in MENA and the establishment of a strategic business unit at its Dubai office will help drive its expanded presence in this rapidly developing market,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service
More Miscellaneous Stories
- Middle East grain import bills could rise
- New Emirati themed restaurant opens
- 4 UAE companies in race for agri innovation awards
- Stage set for Bahrain Animal Production Show
- Amphibious boats make global debut in Dubai
- Dubai chamber F&B group sets roadmap for 2014
- Feminisation drive costs $213m to Saudi firms
- US interiors firm opens MEA base in Dubai
- Saudi 'spends $1.6bn on energy drinks'
- Farmer is jailed for raping housemaid in Bahrain
- Bahraini mother recounts firebombs agony
- Guard foils masked ATM robbers in Bahrain
- Bahraini on Arab world's 'most powerful women' list
- Latest kitchen technology at Sharjah event
- Number of HNWIs in Africa to double by 2023
- World boxing legend to visit Bahrain
- UAE road accidents decline by 23.5pc
- Top businesswomen in Bahrain honoured
- Death penalty sought for Bahrain terrorists
- Girl, 9, dies after fall from 8th floor in Abu Dhabi
- Lebanese café brand opens Dubai outlet
- Bahrain poultry firm told to step up safety
- Customer dies in Bahrain cafe brawl
- Bahraini boys hurt while planting bombs
- Philips, Ericsson launch LED street lighting
- DuBiotech to set up first Halal safety lab
- Jotun to supply coatings for Makkah Station
- Raytheon wins $655m Kuwait Patriot deal
- Alwaleed Foundation lights up 3 Saudi villages
- Poultry farms strike may trigger shortages in Bahrain