Unfazed by the economic blockade due to local market growth and continuous government support, a Qatari food processing company is expanding its operations and increasing production capacity, said an official, who also revealed plans to export Qatari food products to European countries.
Mohamed Ali al-Kuwari, the business development manager of Gulf Food Production, said the company recently signed agreements with LuLu Hypermarket and Mega Mart, as well as Qatar Airways.
With the new agreements, al-Kuwari said the company’s products will reach more consumers in Qatar, including passengers of Qatar Airways, as well as the Armed Forces and the Qatar Police College.
Gulf Food Production, established in 2015, is the owner of the Raw’a brand, and specialises in food production, including a variety of dairy products and beverages, luxury pastry, chocolate, and Italian gelato.
Gulf Food Production Business Development manager Mohamed Ali al-Kuwari.
With new equipment coming from China, al-Kuwari said the company is ready to supply at least 70% of schools around the country with a range of flavoured juices in tetra packs next month.
“We are the only company in Qatar that produces different juices in tetra packs…we are now the biggest factory in Qatar that produces dairy products, juices, and other foodstuff,” al-Kuwari told Gulf Times
in an interview.
Al-Kuwari said the company is currently producing 48 assorted food items. He noted that plans are underway to add another 40 items by the end of 2017.
Only recently, the company received new production lines from Turkey, which will allow it to produce 15,000 cups of yoghurt per hour, he said.
Apart from its five existing lines, the company is planning to install another five lines to its production unit within the year.
The company has a production capacity of 20,000 litres per shift or 60,000 litres per day. The new lines will further increase production capacity to 240,000 litres per day by the end of 2017, he pointed out.
“By adding more lines and increasing production capacity, our aim in the coming months is to supply the local market with around 40% of its dairy and beverage needs,” al-Kuwari stressed.
He also said the company is planning to set up a new factory for plastic cups to cope with increased demand from the local market. By next year, Gulf Food Production also plans to open another factory for fresh and frozen bakery products.
Citing the “high demand” for halal food products in Europe, al-Kuwari said the company is planning to export to Germany and France.
“We are ready to export our products considering the company is already ISO 22000 certified. But we want to fill the gap first in the local market. After catering to the Qatari market, we plan to start exporting our products to European countries by next year,” he said.
Al-Kuwari said Gulf Food Production, through Qatar Development Bank’s export arm, Tasdeer, will be going to Cologne, Germany in October, to participate in Anuga, the world’s largest trade fair for food and beverages.