Veolia, Bio-Acids to build KSA’s first citric acid plant

Dr. Badr Ghawji, MD of Veolia Water Technologies KSA, and Yassir O. Al-Sebaei, MD of Saudi Bio-acids Company.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Veolia, Bio-Acids to build KSA’s first citric acid plant

Veolia Water Technologies Saudi Arabia has announced its latest contract with Saudi Bio-Acids Company. Under the agreement, Veolia will design and build full turnkey wastewater treatment plants for a new greenfield factory in Jeddah.

The plants will integrate several of Veolia’s innovative technologies — including the Biothane Advanced EGSB Anaerobic, membrane bioreactor (MBR), as well as tertiary treatments using reverse osmosis technology.

Saudi Bio-Acids Company aims at build the Arab world’s first citric acid production facility. The company is targeting a production output of 80,000 metric tons within two years for three different products — citric acid anhydrous (CCA), citric acid monohydrate (CAM) and trisodium citrate (TSC) — after commencing operations at the plant. Citric acid is used in many industries that range from food and beverages to pharmaceuticals and personal care.

 Currently, most of the demand for citric acid across the Middle East is met with imports from overseas. With this plant, Saudi Arabia will start producing this important component for the food industry in the Kingdom.

Dr. Badr Ghawji, managing director of Veolia Water Technologies Saudi Arabia, said: “Our suite of water and wastewater solutions offers maximum technical advantages for our clients, and we look forward to recommending our anaerobic technologies to more food and beverage manufacturers operating in this region.”


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.