Bahrain is increasingly being identified as a base for food manufacturing facilities to supply the Gulf and wider Middle East and North Africa region. There is high demand for foodstuffs as a result of the growing populations in the region. Bahrain’s strategic location at the heart of the Gulf, the opportunities offered by the Bahrain International Investment Park
, and the low cost of setting up and running industrial facilities, puts Bahrain at a distinct advantage over its neighbours as a food manufacturing hub.
Mondelez (formerly known as Kraft), the world’s second largest food and beverage company, set up a state-of-the-art factory in Bahrain producing 60,000 tonnes of Kraft cheese and Tang products annually, 60% of which goes to Saudi Arabia. Mondelez is planning to build a second manufacturing facility in Bahrain with an initial investment of $90 million. The new facility, that will produce a variety of brands including Oreo, will be built at the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) on a 250,000 sq m site and is planned to commence operations in January 2016. The new facility will supply markets in the Middle East and Europe. The new plant is designed to produce 90,000 tonnes annually in the first phase.
Further examples of food and drink manufacturing in Bahrain:
● Awal Dairy is one of Bahrain’s leading food and drink manufacturers. The company produces fresh and long-life milk and juices, soft drinks, tomato paste, and ice cream.
● Bahrain Flour Mill meets Bahrain’s demand for flour with a plan to expand in the future. It has a milling capacity of approximately 120,000 tonnes of flour per annum (wheat is imported from Australia, Canada and Argentina).
● Arabian Sugar Company produces European Quality of Sugar with a production capacity of 600,000 tonnes per annum.
● Bahrain Livestock Company imports livestock from Australia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
● Delmon Poultry Company imports chicken eggs from Brazil.
|Bahrain Flour Mills|
|Arabian Sugar Factory|
|General Trading & Food Processing Company (TRAFCO)|
|Mondelēz (formerly known as Kraft)|