Editor's Spotlight: Things have just got tougher for Gulf beverage brands with e xpansion of sugar tax

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News & Analysis for the Beverage Industry

06 December 2019

Editor's Spotlight

Things have just got tougher for Gulf beverage brands with expansion of sugar tax

Lawmakers’ lives would be so much easier if only they could all have their constituencies in the United Arab Emirates, judging by a recent poll. Read more


More tax in the Middle East: Oman joins Saudi and Qatar in introducing tax on energy and soft drinks

Oman is joining other GCC states, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar in implementing a selective tax on energy drinks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco. Read more

Renewable energy: Nestle’s Dubai factory now the UAE’s largest private solar plant

Nestle Middle East's Al Maha factory in Dubai has started generating renewable energy with its 20,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, that will supply 85% of the factory’s annual electricity consumption. Read more

Premium convenience: Singapore’s Boncafe eyes China and Middle East coffee market

Singapore-based premium gourmet coffee specialist Boncafe has its eye on the China and Middle East coffee markets, banking on an increased focus on its Ready-To-Drink (RTD) products in line with current trends. Read more

Water woes: Bottled water sales surge in UAE, but kids still not meeting intake guidelines - Study

Children in the UAE are not consuming enough water, despite the nation being the eight largest for per capita bottled water consumption at almost 34 gallons per person - a 36% increase in just five years. Read more

UAE packaging waste: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Unilever sign deal with government

The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has teamed up with a coalition formed by NGOs, local and global food firms, including MNCs such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo, P&G, and Unilever in combating local plastic and packaging waste pollution. Read more

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