While the Food and Beverage sector faces a rapid growth throughout the UAE, representing more than 10 per cent of the industrial production in this area, the Food Packaging industry has also become a sector that sees a great expansion. Considering that 55 per cent of the entire packaging production is used for food and another 18 per cent is used for various beverages, in total representing almost three quarters of this industry, it can clearly be seen that it is strongly connected to the expansion of the food and drinks production and of the dining sector in general.
The Food Packaging UAE sector offers a variety of leading-edge catering equipment and packaging options for pre-packed food, from paper or cardboard products like cups and plates and different kinds of boxes, aluminum foil products, aluminum containers, plastic foil, cling films, disposable plastic packaging, take-away food containers and sachets, to pouches and bulk packs.
These companies supply their products to the Food and Beverage industry across various sectors, including restaurants, bars, pubs, fast food chains, catering companies, confectioneries, airline catering firms, supermarkets and hotels. The products can be customized according to the needs and specifications of the client, using the latest technology in the field. A multitude of design options are available and branding can be done with any choice of colors, graphics, logo designs and artwork. Some of the companies even produce promotional stickers and self-adhesive labels, like, for example, scratch and win.
The high-speed, ultra-modern equipment and high quality printers enable this companies to deliver excellent products not only to small to medium sized companies and local brands, but also to large companies and world-famous brands in the UAE as well as worldwide. Many of the companies have experience in the hospitality field, with famous restaurant chains, hotels and airlines.
The Food Packaging is produced according to the food safety rules and regulations, offering excellent quality and sustainability. Some of the products are recyclable, biodegradable and are ecologically produced with minimum waste and low energy usage.
One of the most important discoveries in the area is the development of halal packaging, as the materials used before were considered the main factor of halal food contamination, containing small quantities of haram substances like alcohol and animal fat from porcine, from substance leaks during production, transportation or storage. For example, recycled paper food and beverage containers or cups may contain unwanted residues from a previous use and may be contaminated. This is why halal foods must be packed in halal certified materials, according to the halal standards and certification in the UAE, set by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology. This certification has become important as it is used in most of the Muslim countries as well as for export, and studies say that the demand for halal certified packed food and drinks is expected to grow in the next few years worldwide, because more and more Muslims are becoming aware of it.
With the growing of the hospitality sector in the UAE, allied industries, such as packaging, are also supported and implicitly expanding.