UAE F&B Industry Innovates To Keep In Tune With the Times


The UAE economy continues to be heavily reliant on the food and beverage (F&B) industry, particularly now that it is becoming a significant international tourism destination. Dubai is quickly becoming a top destination for international culinary tourism, which has a big impact on the F&B industry in the United Arab Emirates.

Several important industry drivers have been highlighted by experts. First, expanding tourism draws people with a variety of gastronomic interests. The second factor is changing customer preferences, such as the expansion of forces that are motivated by sustainability and health, and to which food and beverage businesses must adapt their menus and operations. Thirdly, the government's policies and actions in the UAE have a big impact on the sector. Strong food safety and quality rules maintain compliance and consumer trust while encouraging growth and development through supportive policies and investment incentives.

The nation has put methods into place to guarantee a steady supply of food, including spending money on hydroponics, indoor agriculture, and vertical farming. Fourth, the industry is being transformed by digitalization, which improves efficiency and convenience through contactless payments, online meal delivery services, and AI-driven client engagement. The cosmopolitan climate in the UAE also contributes, enabling the creation of numerous cuisine establishments that cater to different ethnicities and preferences. The UAE's sustainability goals stress sustainable practices more and more, which has resulted in more eco-friendly F&B practices and projects.

The international restaurant brand Pizza Express, which has been in business since 1965, has been present in the UAE for the past 23 years. The group continued to grow throughout the epidemic, growing from seven to 14 eateries over a five-year period.

“Our goal is to reach 20 locations by 2027 in the country, introducing newer concepts like QSR and expanding into ‘delivery only’ options in specific catchments. In a competitive F&B sector, upscaling is essential for dynamic development and growth,” Prashanth Menon, Regional Director, PizzaExpress UAE Holding Ltd.

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