Emirates SkyCargo, Gargash partner for motor rally

From left, Robert Hazelwood, CEO automotive division, Gargash Group; Karim Corm, regional brand manager FCA; Shehab Gargash, managing director and group CEO, Gargash Group; Moaza Al-Falahi, Emirates vice president, cargo product development and UAE national affairs.
Updated 01 August 2018
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Emirates SkyCargo, Gargash partner for motor rally

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, and Gargash, one of the largest distributors of premium and luxury cars in the UAE, have partnered to transport two Alfa Romeos from Dubai to London for the prestigious Gumball 3000 motor rally.
The cars, an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, were transported to England on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter. The aircraft can carry up to 100 tons of cargo and its wide main-deck doors allows for the transportation of large and outsized cargo.
Both cars will compete as “Team Alfa” in Gumball 3000, an annual celebrity motor rally established in 1999, which takes place on public roads at locations around the world. During the first leg of the rally, in the first week of August, Team Alfa will travel from London to Bologna. For the second leg of the rally the cars will drive around iconic locations in Japan, including the historic cities of Osaka and Kyoto, and Mt. Fuji. The rally will end in Tokyo on Aug. 12 and Emirates SkyCargo will fly both cars back home to Dubai from Japan.
Team Alfa’s participation in the Gumball 3000 rally will mark the 100th year of operations for Gargash, an established name for premium and luxury cars in the UAE.
“Emirates SkyCargo would like to congratulate Gargash Group on their centenary this year,” said Moaza Al-Falahi, Emirates vice president, cargo product development and UAE national affairs.“We are excited to be taking part in this momentous occasion by supporting them in the Gumball 3000 rally. The Alfa Romeos, which will be sporting the Emirates logo throughout the rally, are getting first class treatment under Emirates Wheels and will be handled by our trained and experienced staff at Dubai, London and Tokyo.”
“In our 100th year, we are proud to be associated with Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates, a truly iconic representation of the UAE’S global enterprising spirit,” said Shehab Gargash, managing director and group CEO, Gargash Group. “Emirates SkyCargo has proven to be an indispensable partner as we begin our epic journey from London to Tokyo.”


Spain’s Provacuno aims to beef up Saudi market

Updated 14 November 2018
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Spain’s Provacuno aims to beef up Saudi market

Abdulaziz Alaquil Jeddah: Provacuno, the inter-professional organization of the Spanish beef industry, is currently on a promotional tour across the Kingdom showcasing the benefits of their high-quality and environmentally-friendly beef production. A non-profit organization officially recognized by the Spanish government, Provacuno represents 85 percent of the Spanish beef industry.
Established in 1997, Provacuno comprises national associations representing and protecting the interests of companies involved in the production, industrial, and commercial sectors of the Spanish beef industry. Their annual meat production exceeds 650,000 tons, and they have over 110,000 farms, with industry exports amounting to 175,000 tons annually.
For the past 20 years, they have officially been recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as an agro-food inter-professional organization.
Along with defending the interests of the Spanish beef industry, from production, through processing, and trading, Provacuno aims to support the internationalization process of beef companies into export markets such as Saudi Arabia. Their promotion of responsible beef consumption through research and development programs is done with the goal of enhancing the beef industry’s image through their sustainable and environmentally-friendly production processes that are in strict compliance with the European Production Model, which adheres to the most stringent of standards regarding animal welfare, hygiene control, and environmental protection. While at the same time, they are able to cater to international market demands, such as being 100 percent halal-certified for Saudi markets.
Representatives of Provacuno are currently in the Kingdom promoting their marketing campaign “What a Wonderful European Beef,” which will conclude at the Foodex Saudi 2018 in Jeddah on Thursday. During this campaign trail, they organized a presentation on Spanish beef at the residence of Ambassador of Spain to Saudi Arabia Don Alvaro Iranzo in Riyadh.
The event was attended by over 50 Saudi import and distribution agents, who sampled Provacuno’s beef prepared by Spanish Chef Fernando Del Cerro.
Provacuno considers Saudi Arabia a key target market as it is one of the largest meat-consuming nations in the world reliant on quality meat imports. In 2017, the Kingdom produced 60,000 tons of meat while consuming over 220,000 tons. Recently, Brazil (39 percent) overtook India (26 percent) as the main exporter of beef to the Kingdom.
Along with meeting with industry executives in Riyadh, Provacuno also hosted a cooking workshop at the King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah.