From farm to store: LuLu promotes local pomegranates 

From farm to store: LuLu promotes local pomegranates 
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Updated 30 October 2021

From farm to store: LuLu promotes local pomegranates 

From farm to store: LuLu promotes local pomegranates 

RIYADH: Thanks to its state-of-the-art logistics, warehousing and food sourcing team, LuLu has been able to strengthen networks with local farmers and government agricultural organizations to find and showcase the best local food items grown in Saudi Arabia.

The region’s largest hypermarket chain, LuLu has reinforced its commitment to supporting local farmers and agricultural enterprises with the Pomegranate Festival being held across all its branches in Saudi Arabia. The juicy fruit is sourced from two regions in Saudi Arabia, mainly Qassim and Baha. The festival is part of the retail giant’s efforts to promote fresh and local produce. Thanks to its state-of-the-art logistics, warehousing and food sourcing team, LuLu has been able to strengthen networks with local farmers and government agricultural organizations to find and showcase the best local food items grown in Saudi Arabia.

LuLu is the first and only retail chain in Saudi Arabia to promote local pomegranates directly from Saudi farms. The festival, which is currently running in the Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah stores, began on Oct. 27 and will continue until Nov. 2. It is an initiative in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture’s “It’s Season” campaign to promote seasonal agricultural produce. 

“At LuLu, we believe in extending support to the local agricultural community and this puts our hypermarkets at the front of the ‘farm-to-table’ movement,” said Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia, “This is part of our corporate effort to promote food self-sufficiency and also the local farmers. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful association with MEWA to do this.”

LuLu is a leading hypermarket and supermarket chain and the only Middle East retail group to be featured in Deloitte’s annual “Global Powers of Retailing 2021” survey, for the MENA and Asian regions. Founded in the early 90s, it is present across the GCC, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Suriname and Egypt. Serving more than 1,600,000 shoppers every day, it is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries and currently operates more than 217 stores with a multinational staff force of more than 57,000. Since 2020, LuLu’s carefully-structured expansion plan includes hypermarkets, express store-format smaller outlets and a vibrant online shopping platform.

 

 


Al-Rajhi, Qassim Health Cluster to open diabetes center in Buraidah

Waleed Al Mogbel, CEO of the bank, and Dr. Sultan Al-Shaya, CEO of Qassim Health Cluster, signed the agreement.
Waleed Al Mogbel, CEO of the bank, and Dr. Sultan Al-Shaya, CEO of Qassim Health Cluster, signed the agreement.
Updated 06 October 2022

Al-Rajhi, Qassim Health Cluster to open diabetes center in Buraidah

Waleed Al Mogbel, CEO of the bank, and Dr. Sultan Al-Shaya, CEO of Qassim Health Cluster, signed the agreement.

The Qassim region will have the region’s first of its kind diabetes center that will focus on the treatment of type 1 diabetes patients and provide 100,000 medical services every year.

Prince of Al-Qassim region, Dr. Faisal bin Misha'al , sponsored the signing of an agreement between Al-Rajhi bank and Qassim Health Cluster to establish a 3,000 sqm Al-Rajhi Diabetes Center in Buraidah.

Waleed Al Mogbel, CEO of the bank, and Dr. Sultan Al-Shaya, CEO of Qassim Health Cluster, signed the agreement.

Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi said the project is one of the bank's sustainable social responsibility projects that costs SR13.5 million riyals, which is fully guaranteed by the bank.

He added that this project will serve as a model for community service through collaboration and integration between the Ministry of Health and Al-Rajhi bank.

Al Rajhi explained that the bank's social responsibility strategy focuses on education, health, and housing sectors, and that they have never hesitated to support any projects that benefit the community. All their efforts are toward the contribution of  Kingdom's Vision 2030 vision, which seeks a prosperous future and sustainable development.

The chairman thanked the Prince of Qassim for sponsoring and praising the initiative, and the Ministry of Health, represented by the Qassim Health Cluster.

Alshaya thanked Al-Rajhi bank for their social efforts in adopting the establishment of the center.

The Kingdom is one of the countries most affected by type 1 diabetes (adults and children), as there are nearly 100,000 people with type 1 diabetes (of various ages) in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia is also considered the seventh country in terms of the annual rate of new incidence of type 1 diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

The region has 20,000 patients, which is expected to double in the coming years as they require better treatment and medical care.


stc launches Center3 for Kingdom’s digital economy

stc launches Center3 for Kingdom’s digital economy
Updated 05 October 2022

stc launches Center3 for Kingdom’s digital economy

stc launches Center3 for Kingdom’s digital economy

Leading digital enabler stc Group has inaugurated one of its largest and significant projects, Center3 — the digital regional center for the Middle East and North Africa.

The new company will be the owner of the digital infrastructure assets owned by stc group, including data centers, submarine cables, international points of presence, and internet exchange points.

The inauguration took place in the presence of Prince Mohammad bin Khalid Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the board of directors of stc Group, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, and a number of other senior executives of the company.

Center3 will be a group of carrier-neutral data centers and a provider of international communication for the telecommunications sector through a submarine fiber optic network. It aims to develop digital businesses and enhance investment opportunities in international communication services and data centers by providing the latest communication and hosting technologies and raising there capacities to meet the needs of the markets across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the rest of the world.

“The stc Group launched Center3 to enhance the digital system, which in turn will contribute to enhancing the Kingdom’s position as a regional digital center. This launch is in line with our strategy to expand the scope and markets to achieve digital empowerment,” said Olayan Alwetaid, CEO of stc Group.

“At Center3, we aim to build an integrated ecosystem of cables and data centers that seeks to attract hyper-scalers, big data, and local and international service providers,” said Fahad Al-Hajeri, Center3 CEO.

He added: “Center3 will provide data center services, international communication and internet exchange services through its assets. We will work to achieve the company’s vision of making the Kingdom the main digital hub connecting the three continents Asia, Europe, and Africa as well as leading the largest share of internet exchange and data traffic in the region.”

With the launch of Center3, stc Group have completed the digital system pursuit by launching a number of companies in the fields of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, internet of things, and digital infrastructure.


LG redefines household chores

LG redefines household chores
Updated 05 October 2022

LG redefines household chores

LG redefines household chores

Household chores is an unavoidable part of daily life. Many people consider it boring and time-consuming, given that we often spend hours on the monotonous actions of washing dishes or doing laundry. Keeping this in mind, LG Electronics offers state-of-the-art home appliances with innovative features designed to deliver the ultimate user convenience so that people spend less time and effort on their household routine.

 Get More Hygiene with LG Dishwasher: Designed to clean all dishes the first time, LG QuadWash Dishwasher is equipped with the multi-directionally rotating arms that shoot water streams in various angles that reach every corner of the dishwasher. With four spray arms instead of two, the dishwasher provides enhanced coverage to clean every dish on every rack, no matter the shape or size. With temperatures reaching up to 80 degrees Celsius during the rinse cycle, LG Dishwasher ensures the ultimate hygienic care of dishes. Additionally, LG QuadWash is equipped with the LG’s Inverter Direct Drive Motor that provides quiet and reliable operation without compromising on performance. Compared to other motors, it also helps to reduce energy consumption.

 Get More Smart Convenience with LG Dryer: Allowing users to save time on drying and ironing clothes, LG Dryer features the Sensor Dry humidity sensor that automatically optimizes drying time and ensures that laundry is well dried the first time. The TrueSteam feature creates pure steam that removes allergens and smooths out wrinkles, leaving laundry fresh and clean with no need for ironing. With the Lint Filters that minimize lint and dust, the clothes are even cleaner than natural drying. Additionally, LG Clothes Dryer does not need any external venting outlets, making it suitable for any location.

 Get Intelligent Fabric Care with LG Vivace Washer&Dryer: For complete clothing care, the LG Vivace Washer&Dryer is equipped with Artificial Intelligence Direct Drive technology that detects the weight and softness of the fabric being washed or dried and automatically selects the optimized washing or drying pattern for each load to enhance fabric protection while reducing cycle times and energy usage. Additionally, the LG Vivace Washer&Dryer delivers maximum hygiene thanks to the LG Steam that eliminates 99.9 percent of common bacteria such as dust mites that can cause allergy or respiratory diseases. Ensuring maximum space capacity, the LG Vivace Washer&Dryer is equipped with LG’s advanced low vibration technology that creates more space inside the machine.


Bupa Arabia participates in the 6th edition of Saudi Insurance Symposium

Bupa Arabia participates in the 6th edition of Saudi Insurance Symposium
Updated 05 October 2022

Bupa Arabia participates in the 6th edition of Saudi Insurance Symposium

Bupa Arabia participates in the 6th edition of Saudi Insurance Symposium

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance, a leading health insurance company in the Kingdom, participated in the 6th edition of the Saudi Insurance Symposium, which was organized by the General Insurance Committee on Sept. 28-29 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh.

The event, which spotlighted the growth and evolution of the insurance sector, was sponsored by Dr. Fahd Abdullah Al-Mubarak, governor of the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia.

The symposium this year was graced by the presence of more than 1,000 regional insurance experts, in addition to the participation of selected local and international administrators and executives.

With the insurance sector playing an indispensable role in the national economy, the two-day conference provided a timely opportunity for industry leaders to review developments in the sector and provide solutions to its most pressing challenges.

Loay Nazer, chairman of the board at Bupa Arabia, participated in a panel discussion on “Economic Growth and Developments in the Insurance Industry” with Dr. Khaled Al-Dhaher, vice governor for supervision and technology, SAMA; and Abdulmohsen Al-Fares, chairman of the board, Alinma Tokio Marine Co.

“Bupa Arabia’s participation at the Saudi Insurance Symposium came as part of our continuous efforts to be active partners in the development and growth of the insurance industry in Saudi Arabia and to support the government’s directions aimed at developing the Saudi insurance sector,” Nazer said.

Moderated by Resini Alresini of the Saudi Central Bank, the panel shed light on the developments in the Saudi insurance industry under the ambitious Vision 2030.

During the session, Nazer stressed the importance of building Saudi national cadres in the insurance sector and training them to provide quality services and distinctive insurance products.

He also said that the insurance sector has created 17,000 job opportunities in the Kingdom, estimating the Saudization rate in the sector at 77 percent.

Ali Sheneamer, chief ubsiness development officer at Bupa Arabia, moderated the panel discussion “InsurTech and Value Added” with several key leaders and CEOs in the industry discussing the significance of digital transformation currently underway in the insurance sector.  

Bupa Arabia’s CEO Tal Nazer also joined a panel discussion on “The Future of Health Insurance.”


Callebaut brings 100 percent dairy-free, plant-based NXT Chocolate to Kingdom at EMF outlets

Callebaut brings 100 percent dairy-free, plant-based NXT Chocolate to Kingdom at EMF outlets
Updated 05 October 2022

Callebaut brings 100 percent dairy-free, plant-based NXT Chocolate to Kingdom at EMF outlets

Callebaut brings 100 percent dairy-free, plant-based NXT Chocolate to Kingdom at EMF outlets
  • First-of-its-kind dark and milk chocolates that are dairy-free, lactose-free, nut-free, allergen-free, 100% plant-based and vegan – without any trace of dairy
  • Made with a plant-based alternative to milk with unique & delicious taste (more neutral compared to almond milk, soy milk, rice, oat milks or other alternatives)

Callebaut, the chocolate maker preferred by artisans and chefs around the world, debuts its game-changing ‘Callebaut NXT’ series to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. NXT is 100 per cent plant-based dark and milky tasting chocolates, guaranteed free from any traces of dairy.

The launch comes on the heels of its successful global unveiling in early 2022 and responds to the burgeoning demand for plant-based foods across the Middle East. To kick off the NXT movement, an event held at Marriott Hotel in Riyadh on 4 October 2022, where three renowned chefs brought their A-game and took the audience by surprise with their creative spirit.

Chef Marike Van Beurden, Pastry & Chocolate Consultant presented an Earl Gray tea snacking bar, hazelnut and lime tarts and exotic coconut travel cake using the NXT chocolate, whereas Chef Romain Renard, Head of Chocolate Academies MENA curated two recipes by blending tropical fruit flavours like apricot, passion fruit, and lemon with the Callebaut NXT range to give the audience a great experience. And Chef Panagiotis Samaras, Sr. Technical Advisor, Chocolate Academy Dubai created a Vegan - Peanut & Caramel bonbon using the Dairy-Free NXT Milk tasting chocolate. Recipes can be downloaded here https://www.callebaut.com/en-OC/download-NXTrecipes

Epitomizing innovation in the world of chocolate, Callebaut NXT is all set to make waves in Saudi with its 100% plant-based dark and milky-tasting chocolates, guaranteed free from any traces of dairy. Promising the same great taste, creamy texture, smooth mouth feel and quality as traditional chocolate, NXT dark and milk chocolate is innovation like no other.

Specially curated for chefs & artisans, who frequently receive requests for vegan, plant-based, allergen-free and planet-friendly desserts and chocolates, the NXT range not just offers worry-free alternatives for traditional and new recipes, but also how-to guides, inspiration and tips and tricks through the new NXT digital platform—introduced with the support of R&D experts and an impressive line-up of chefs and artisans who’ve developed and tested the chocolate throughout several recipe applications.

Over the last quarter of 2022 and next year, Callebaut aims to create and grow a true NXT chef community for dairy-free confectionery, bakery, pastry, horeca and gelataria with a subsequent launch in UAE and the rest of the Middle East.

NXT is already available in Riyadh and Jeddah through Callebaut’s official partner Mawassem Al Ghizaa Co. EMF Saudi.

BOX OUT 1: NXT is 100 per cent plant-based dark and milky tasting chocolates, guaranteed free from any traces of dairy are curated for chefs & artisans to bring genuine vegan, plant-based, lactose-free & dairy-free chocolate indulgence to life without compromising taste and quality as compared to traditional chocolate.

BOX OUT 2: Plant-based foods are growing fast across the globe—not just in the savoury sphere but in the world of desserts and more specifically chocolate. According to industry stats, 54 per cent of Generation Z avoid meat or other animal-based products versus 34 per cent of baby boomers.