Nutridor, a leading food and beverage (F&B) company under TGI Group, has launched its first state-of-the-art dairy production facility in the UAE at Dubai Industrial City, part of TECOM Group.
The newly launched facility represents an investment of $20.4 million and will serve demand for Nutridor’s high-quality dairy products under the ‘Abevia’ brand. The new dairy facility has a total built-up area of 100,000 sq.ft. and was developed in less than a year, including the installation of the latest technologies and innovations in dairy manufacturing to ensure that Abevia continues to deliver high-quality products to its customers.
The commencement of commercial operations from the factory will double Abevia’s production capacity to 120,000 liters of milk a day.
The factory’s inauguration ceremony was attended by distinguished guests including His Excellency Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Undersecretary for the Food Diversity Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE, His Excellency Helal Al Marri, Director-General of Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (Dubai DET), His Excellency Eng. Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, and His Excellency Mohammed Dansanta Rimi, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Embassy of Nigeria in UAE.
Also in attendance were Mr. Mohammed Al Kamali, COO of Manufacturing & Export Development at Dubai Economic Development Corporation (DEDC), Mr. Abdulla Belhoul, CEO of TECOM Group, Mr. Saud Abu Alshawareb, Executive Vice President of Industrial at TECOM Group, Mr. Abdelrahman Al Hosani, Director of Export Service at Dubai DET, Mr. Saleh Lootah, Chairman of UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers (FBMG), and Mr. Sankha Biswas, CEO of Nutridor.
“This facility represents a pivotal juncture for Nutridor and Abevia that will allow us to manufacture our products locally and fulfill the region’s burgeoning demand for high-quality dairy products. We are committed to contributing to the food security goals of the UAE. The UAE also has a growing population with an increasing demand for high-quality food products, and we stand as flag bearers for the Make it in Emirates initiative. Abevia is dedicated to meeting the highest standards of quality and safety for its products, adhering to the rigorous standards set by Nutridor, the Dubai Municipality, and the UAE government. We will seek to continually grow and expand our product offerings.”
Mr. Al Kamali, said that “The inauguration of Nutridor’s facility underscores the steadfast support of TECOM Group and Dubai Industrial City in their commitment to fostering a conducive environment for new ventures, which contributes directly to Dubai’s economic diversification, in line with the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33.”
“As Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism strives to harness the collective support of its stakeholders and partners to drive forward this visionary Agenda to enhance the competitiveness of the emirate’s manufacturing sector, the newly launched state-of-the-art dairy production facility represents a significant initiative and investment, creating an environment that nurtures entrepreneurship, embraces innovation, and catalyzes economic expansion,” Mr. Al Kamali added.
The factory will help to deliver value-added dairy products, supporting Nutridor’s goal of reducing import reliance and enhancing its position in the regional F&B sector. Nutridor estimates revenues of $30 million from the factory’s operations.
Mr. Abu Alshawareb stated that “Localizing manufacturing activity in the F&B sector is paramount as economic and ecological conditions evolve around the world. It is a critical lever to unlock enhanced food security, economic growth, and positive environmental impact at a global scale. Nutridor’s factory at Dubai Industrial City is a strategic move towards self-sufficiency in the F&B sector and its geographically strategic location within our district will help to unlock greater nutrition security for local and regional populations, aligning with the goals of the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy 2051.”
Nutridor has a vast network of operations in the Middle East and Africa region, with customers in over 15 countries, including the GCC nations, Jordan, Lebanon, Angola, Gambia, Ghana, and Senegal. The new Abevia factory at Dubai Industrial City will create over 200 new direct and indirect jobs, underscoring the commitment to nurturing Emirati talent and contributing to D33’s overarching objectives of economic expansion and diversification by Nutridor, which aims to secure In-Country Value (ICV) certification in the UAE in 2023.
In line with the UAE Net-Zero 2050 strategy, the facility has been designed to ensure zero waste and will use solar power to meet 100,000 kilowatt-hours’ worth of its energy requirements. Its strategic location within Dubai Industrial City, close to Al Maktoum International Airport, Jebel Ali Port, key national highways, and soon, an Etihad Rail freight terminal, will provide greater access to new markets for Abevia.
Nutridor is avoiding 8,144 tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to removing 1,759 cars from the roads or planting 135,735 trees over a decade, by moving its manufacturing base to the district.