Dubai Free Zone eyes to attract Brazilian companies to be coffee partners

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has stated that the world’s flagship Free Zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) intends to attract Brazil-based companies to set up coffee processing operations in the emirate.

Further, it is looking out for partners in Brazil for the institution that specializes in receiving, processing, and exporting commodities from the emirate.

According to the statement, “The sought-after partners are firms that could supply the green coffee or are interested in selling coffee processed in the Middle East from Dubai.”

The emirate is one of the world’s largest goods redistribution centers, with several free zones that specialize in different economic segments.

Mr. Rafael Solimeo, head of the ABCC office in Dubai said that, “The goal is taking advantage of the presence of Brazilian coffee exporters at the food and beverage show Gulfood, which will be held in the emirate from February 13 to 17, to present the project and discuss eventual partnerships.”

“DMCC has a coffee center that could be used to process green coffee, and in Gulfood we will suggest bringing coffee here, processing it [at DMCC], adding cardamom [used in Arabic coffee], and selling it to Saudi Arabia, Oman, or Bahrain,” Mr. Solimeo added.

DMCC chairman Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem was in Brazil in November to present the newly opened cacao center of DMCC to cacao processing plants, including Cacau Show and farms.

Last year, DMCC signed a strategic deal with the leading manufacturer and distributor of gourmet coffee and coffee machines Boncafé Middle East to produce locally roasted coffee at DMCC’s state-of-the-art Coffee Centre.

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