F&B company Kerry Group opens new facility in Jeddah

F&B company Kerry Group opens new facility in Jeddah
The new 21,500-square-feet state-of-the-art facility in Jeddah, is Kerry’s largest in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region. It currently employs 130 people.
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Updated 26 January 2022

F&B company Kerry Group opens new facility in Jeddah

F&B company Kerry Group opens new facility in Jeddah

Kerry Group, a taste and nutrition company, officially opened a new 21,500-square-feet state-of-the-art facility in Jeddah. The company has invested more than €80 million ($90 million) in the region over the past four years. This new facility, which is Kerry’s largest in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region, is said to be one of the most modern and efficient in the world and will produce nutritious and sustainable food ingredients, which will be distributed across the Middle East.

Through the new facility, which currently employs 130 people, Kerry will utilize its global innovation technologies that are adapted to local tastes to help food and beverage companies meet the growing consumer demand in the region for healthier, tastier and more sustainable food and beverages, particularly in snack, meat and bakery sectors.

Edmond Scanlon, chief executive of Kerry Group, said: “This new facility underscores our full support of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to delight and nourish Saudi consumers by serving the region’s large and growing food and beverage market. By investing in the local economy, we are supporting the development and activities of local food and beverage companies, creating faster response times for customers and bolstering the local community by creating high-value jobs. There has been a Kerry presence in Saudi since 2018, when we acquired the company AATCO, and we look forward to continuing to grow our business in this important market.”

Peter Dillane, vice president and general manager, Kerry Middle East, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, added: “Our local investment in consumer research enables us to predict global and regional trends and customize to local taste preferences. We can also provide immediate solutions for rapid product development and delivery, from streamlining supply chains with local warehousing and flexible production, availability of ingredients made locally to superior Saudi standards and understanding of local regulatory policies, to reduced lead times to support growing local customers. I am confident the new Jeddah plant will build a sustainable future for the Saudi market through waste reduction, environmentally responsible practices and delicious, nutritious food products consumers will value. We are proud to support this exciting evolution in the region’s food and beverage industry.”

As part of Kerry’s Beyond the Horizon sustainability commitment, the new facility is also making an important environmental difference. Since 2018, the factory carbon footprint has been reduced by 35 percent and there has been a 40 percent reduction in water usage. Food safety is paramount and the new facility was built on state-of-the-art ready-to-eat standard of design and construction to uphold the strictest customer requirements for hygiene and food safety. Its stringent humidity and temperature-controlled environment ensures all materials are always fresh and ready to use anytime. The facility is FSSC 22000, HACCP, ISO 22000 and AIBI-certified.


AccuMed KSA supports evolution of Kingdom’s healthcare system

AccuMed KSA supports evolution of Kingdom’s healthcare system
Updated 28 June 2022

AccuMed KSA supports evolution of Kingdom’s healthcare system

AccuMed KSA supports evolution of Kingdom’s healthcare system

AccuMed KSA, the Kingdom’s largest comprehensive end-to-end revenue cycle management solutions provider, is building on its brand expertise, local presence, and intel to execute a fundamental role in the Kingdom’s healthcare industry progression. Along with partnering with the Ministry of Health, AccuMed KSA worked with the Council of Health Insurance to develop a standardized code set and billing system for private practitioners in line with globally recognized coding systems — a game-changer for the sector. This allows for efficient insurance claims processing and approval on the Saudi Billing System, leading to stellar patient care.

Like other global medical systems, the Kingdom experienced first-hand operational and revenue effects from COVID-19. With Saudi Vision 2030 in mind, the nation’s Ministry of Health saw an opportunity to improve upon its current system from lessons learned during this challenging time.

With the firm’s vast decade-plus expertise in the UAE and wider region, connections to key global organizations have supported this role. These include relationships with American Health Information Management Association for private practitioners’ medical coding and documentation guidelines, Health Information Management Association of Australia, and Australian Classification of Health Interventions for mirrored support in the public space.

The firm is led by Dr. Mohammed Aldar, an industry veteran with a pedigree background in medicine and healthcare business operations for both government and multinational corporations. Dr. Aldar, a Saudi national who has an in-depth knowledge base of the country’s medical practitioners and approach, understood the need for a local, national team to support providers’ specific requirements.

“With approximately 400,000 claims sampled and coded to national standards during the CHI Billing System Project, AccuMed KSA paved the way for the nation’s coding and billing cycle to function on a unified and seamless system. An accomplishment that stands to our management team’s expertise but also a milestone for our operations in the Kingdom,” said Dr. Aldar, who is managing director of AccuMed KSA.

Since opening a local head office in Riyadh, AccuMed KSA has been well-received among the nation’s healthcare providers both in the public and private realms looking for an efficient RCM system to align with the country’s new billing system.

Introductions to improve billing processes through AccuMed’s software and skills training programs customized for local and provider-specific needs, allow for a streamlined approach to optimize billing functionality. This results in provider revenue stream enhancement.

AccuMed KSA’s key clients and partners include the Ministry of Health’s Eastern Health Cluster hospital network, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, and Saudi German Hospitals Group, among others.


Expo Centre Sharjah takes part in Global CEO Summit 2022

Expo Centre Sharjah takes part in Global CEO Summit 2022
Updated 28 June 2022

Expo Centre Sharjah takes part in Global CEO Summit 2022

Expo Centre Sharjah takes part in Global CEO Summit 2022

The Expo Centre Sharjah participated in the “Global CEO Summit 2022,” organized by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry to improve international cooperation, forecast the future of the exhibition and conference sector, and reassess its working mechanisms, in Hamburg, Germany from June 22 to 24.

The center stressed that its presence at the three-day summit reflects its keenness to follow up on the latest developments related to the global exhibition and conference industry.

Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, chairman of the Arab Union for Exhibitions and board member of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, represented the center at the event.

While meeting a number of CEOs taking part in the summit, Al-Midfa discussed the most recent developments in the exhibition and conference industry, its reality and future, and the importance of developing innovative strategies to increase the industry’s competitiveness, improve its performance and sustainable growth, and empower it to play its primary role in promoting economic recovery as well as revitalizing the tourism and trade sectors.

The CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah also outlined how the UAE is using cutting-edge methods and approaches to strengthen the exhibition and conference industry both domestically and internationally.

He further shed light on Sharjah’s outstanding success in reviving the exhibition business via the lens of Expo Centre Sharjah, which went to great lengths to establish new models of innovative work mechanisms to add value to the events sector.

“We constantly strive to diversify the center’s agenda by hosting as many events as we can, with over 40 exhibitions held annually,” he said.

Al-Midfa added that the conference and exhibition sector is regarded as a significant contributor to national economic growth and has grown to be one of the most significant industries for attracting and supporting business and industrial investments as well as igniting the travel and tourism sectors.

The UAE has made every effort to improve the exhibition industry both locally and globally, fueled by the insightful vision of the wise leadership, which puts an emphasis on supporting it.

The summit provided an ideal platform for positive and productive dialogue among CEOs from around the world. It also allowed them to discuss the present and future of exhibitions, as well as methods for developing sustainable practices for this vital sector as it becomes more reliant on cutting-edge technology such as virtual reality and metaverse technologies.

In addition to a group of prominent experts and professionals in this industry, several CEOs, executives, and directors of companies operating in the exhibition and conference sector from around the world attended the forum.


Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera

Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera
Updated 27 June 2022

Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera

Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera

Among Huawei’s smartphones, the Huawei P-Series, which in 2021 achieved a total shipment of 100-million-unit mark, is known for having outstanding camera features and exquisite designs. The P Series has always maintained a commitment to quality, style and photography, with each product representing the peak of mobile imagery innovation at the time and earning a place as a true classic in smartphone photography.

The Huawei P50 Series embodies the company’s own brand of imaging technology, featuring an innovative Dual-Matrix camera design that includes a powerful main camera matrix and zoom camera matrix. The lineup is also the first in the industry to support Huawei XD Optics, which allow it to go beyond the limits of physics. Computational photography is also improved, empowering the camera system to deliver true-to-life colors and supporting super high-definition and dynamic range capture, as well as a more powerful ultra snapshot functionality.

The Dual Matrix camera system of P50 Series balances both form and function. The P50 Pro employs computational photography technologies, such as the Huawei XD Optics and Huawei XD Fusion Pro image engines that transcend physical limitations. The XD Fusion Pro Engine includes a True-Chroma Image Engine, new Super Color Filter System and super HDR, enabling the phone to deliver more realistic colors, ultra-clear image quality and high dynamic range. The image processing capabilities added to the optical imaging system can correct the optical differentials and restore the details in images by up to 25 percent. Hardware is integrated with Huawei XD Optics in the P50 resulting in high-resolution images that are brighter and clearer with more details.

The P50 Pro features an expansive 6.6-inch True-Chroma Display with a 3D curved screen and a small single punch hole camera on the top that supports the full P3 color gamut and HDR. The display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz to provide a smooth user experience for users. Meanwhile, the P50 features a large 6.5-inch True-Chroma Display that supports 1.07 billion colors allowing it to produce colors with accuracy comparable to professional reference displays. Both handsets are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, and they both sport dual stereo speakers for an immersive audio experience.

The P50 Pro boasts a 4,360 mAh battery and supports 66 W Huawei SuperCharge and 50 W Wireless Huawei SuperCharge. On the other hand, the Huawei P50 packs a 4100 mAh battery into a compact design and it supports 66 W Huawei SuperCharge for swift recharging.

Controlling multiple devices at once is as easy as controlling just one single device, thanks to the Super Device features. The Device+ tab in Control Panel enables users to easily control or set up multi-device collaboration with other devices, such as the Huawei Vision, FreeBuds, MatePad and MateBook.

The Huawei P50 is now available in Saudi Arabia at a price of SR2,999 ($800) from Huawei’s online platforms and select retailers.


LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones

LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones
Updated 27 June 2022

LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones

LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones

LuLu Hypermarket’s “Let’s Connect” festival featuring attractive deals on smart devices and accessories, was inaugurated on June 24 at Atyaf Mall in Riyadh by Saad Al-Dawi, a popular tech influencer in the Kingdom. The much-awaited promotion is being held at all LuLu Hypermarket branches across the Kingdom and offers the best deals on premium brands of smartphones and accessories, including exclusive discounts, flash deals as well as unique online offers. 

“Our popular ‘Let’s Connect’ digital goods festival comes just in time for summer as people look to update their phones, cameras and accessories for the summer break,” said Shehim Mohammed, director, LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia. “We have curated the best deals and products at the best prices to delight our shoppers. In this day and age, we cannot afford to let our connectivity get outdated — the latest products help us stay efficient.”

The promotion will run until July 5 in all stores across the Kingdom and online at www.luluhypermarket.com

With more than 230 stores operating worldwide, LuLu strives to provide the community with exclusive products at affordable prices. With the combination of high-quality offerings and an organized logistics system, LuLu remains to be the favorite shopping destination in the Kingdom when it comes to a broader selection of both local and international products.


Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah

Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah
Updated 27 June 2022

Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah

Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah

The third edition of the Jewels of the Emirates Show, organized by Expo Centre Sharjah, with the support of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is set to kick off on Thursday. The exhibition, which runs until July 3, is regarded as a distinct platform to support the gold and jewelry industry, with a presence of more than 20 designers and around 100 exhibitors from leading gold and jewelry brands.

The 8,000-square-meter exhibition will provide designers and participants with an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity, promote their latest innovations in gold and jewelry, develop their craft and marketing skills, achieve rewarding revenues, and increase their sales.

Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, said: “The Emirati gold and jewelry industry is known for several competitive features that have propelled it to the forefront of the global gold and precious metals trade.”

Thus, the UAE now accounts for 11 percent of the world’s total gold exports, and the gold industry has grown significantly, according to World Gold Council data, which indicates a 36 percent increase in consumer demand for gold in the UAE in the first quarter of this year to 14.5 tons compared to 10.7 tons the previous year.”