KSA with sweet tooth largest chocolate consumer in ME

Updated 17 July 2015
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KSA with sweet tooth largest chocolate consumer in ME

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is the largest chocolate market in the Middle East in terms of consumption with a share of 52 percent compared to the remaining Arab countries. Its annual growth rate is 14 percent, dealers said.
The competition has intensified these days because of the chocolate stalls in supermarkets and souks.
Ramadan and Eid are considered the golden season for chocolate investors in the Kingdom,” they pointed out.
Patchi Chocolate Saudi Arabia CEO Iyhab Yemek said that the growth rate of chocolate sector in the Kingdom is more than 14 percent.
He named the cities that consume the most chocolates as Jeddah, Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah.
He blamed the high prices on increasing costs of production including raw material and labor wages, in addition to rising property prices.
He also referred to many types of materials used in the production such as dates, coffee beans, figs, nuts, biscuits and caramel.
Another dealer, Salwa Radwan, Chocolate Corner head, said a large number of chocolate shops and investors are competing for market share.
“The demand for chocolate increases 40 percent in Ramadan compared with the other months,” she added.
The influx of foreign investments including popular international brands in the chocolate sector and the overall economic development in the country have made the competition very intense, she explained.
“Here, one could find Swiss, German, Belgium, Finnish, Russian and British chocolates. Many Saudi consumers prefer the high-quality plain black chocolate. Many investors import the plain chocolate and then add the stuffing locally,” said Radwan.


The Six: Get cooking with these Middle Eastern-flavored cookbooks

Updated 21 October 2018
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The Six: Get cooking with these Middle Eastern-flavored cookbooks

DUBAI: Whether you’re a tried-and-tested chef or a novice cook, try something new in the kitchen with these newly released, Middle Eastern-flavored cookbooks.
‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’
In September, Meghan Markle, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, lent her backing to this charity cookbook that funds a community project set up by women seeking somewhere to cook in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire.
‘Feasts from the Middle East’
The cookbook was created by Tony Kitous, the founder of successful UK-based Lebanese restaurant chain Comptoir Libanais, and features more than 100 recipes.
‘Baladi’
Joudie Kalla, the author behind “Palestine on a Plate,” is back with more tantalizing Palestinian recipes in the newly released cookbook.
‘The Mezze Cookbook’
From roasted cauliflower and tahini to pomegranate cakes, this book offers more than 135 recipes from across the Middle East.
‘Authentic Egyptian Cooking’
Abou El-Sid, one of Cairo’s most famous restaurants, presents more than 50 of its classic recipes in this treasure trove of a cookbook.
‘Suqar’
Ending on a sweet note, this recipe book, the title of which means sugar in Arabic, offers more than 100 desserts inspired by Middle Eastern classics, including puddings, pastries and everything in-between.