GMG, a global well-being company retailing, distributing, and manufacturing a portfolio of leading international and home-grown brands across sport, everyday goods, health and beauty, properties, and logistics sectors, launched four new factories to produce value-added food products. The UAE-based conglomerate also announced its global expansion plans for six of its food brands, aiming to reach international markets across four continents over the next five years, making UAE an exporter of value-added food products.
Mohammad A. Baker, Deputy Chairman and CEO of GMG, highlighted that these state-of-the-art facilities will enable GMG to expand its contribution to the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy 2051 and the ‘Make in the Emirates’ initiative. It will also help strengthen the country’s global standing as a food exporter.
Each of the three food processing factories in GMG’s Dubai Investments Park (DIP) facility has an installed capacity of approximately 9,000 metric tons per annum in addition to its existing capacity, taking the site’s combined installed capacity to approximately 35,000 metric tons per annum. The company’s fourth new factory has a capacity of 11,000 metric tons of herbs and spices, which includes processing mono spices in whole form, crushed form, powder, and blended spices.
The DIP facility includes various manufacturing capabilities, from butchery to meat, poultry, and seafood items. Collectively, these factories rank among the largest food production facilities in the UAE. Its herbs and spices factory in JAFZA includes processing mono spices in whole form, crushed and powdered, as well as blended spices. GMG’s high-quality herbs and spices will be sold under both the ‘Sapora’ and ‘RUH’ brand names.
Mohammad A. Baker added: “Beginning with market analysis, customer research, brand development and supported by a strong R&D division, GMG today operates cutting-edge food manufacturing facilities, making the company a true industrial titan. For over 45 years, GMG has been a trusted partner within the food service and retail segment industry when it comes to delivering high-quality, nutritious food products to our consumers. Today, with the launch of four of our state-of-the-art food manufacturing facilities, we are proud to support the ‘Make in the Emirates’ initiative while showcasing our commitment to quality and global standards that the country is known for.”
The manufacturing lines in GMG’s DIP facility are interchangeable and customizable, and equipped to meet current and future customer demand. These lines have been built using the best-in-class machinery from Europe and the USA, allowing GMG to envision a more sustainable manufacturing future while leading new initiatives in the global marketplace.
GMG’s herbs and spices factory features a fully automated seeds/spices cleaning line where they undergo a 5-stage cleaning process, ensuring the final product is 99.9% contaminant free. The factory uses liquid nitrogen at -1950C for grinding spices to retain the maximum aroma, setting it apart from competitors.
The GMG food division has grown substantially in the past four decades, starting as a small butchery shop in 1977 to becoming a leading distributor and manufacturer of some of the world’s most loved food brands. The GMG Food division oversees its own brands, such as Farm Fresh, Klassic, Sapora, Noor Al Islami, RUH, Chef’s Choice, and Quality 1st Choice.
In September 2022, GMG inaugurated the world’s second-largest fully automated Himalayan pink salt manufacturing facility by capacity. Located in Mina, Jebel Ali, Dubai, the facility has a capacity of 70,000 metric tons and can produce 200,000 kgs of high-quality Himalayan pink salt per day.
Today, the GMG Food division includes six modern factories, an R&D kitchen, and a food laboratory. These facilities cover six product lines: meat, seafood, Himalayan pink salt, herbs and spices, cold cuts and sausages, and butchery and marination.