Thursday, June 30, 2016

Arab & India Spices opens the Middle East’s largest food production facility in Ajman

The empire of spices eyes an annual turnover of AED 1 billion starting from 2016 with the expansion of its production facility, which now spans over 400,000 square feet, at an investment of AED 350 million.

Ajman, United Arab Emirates - Thursday, June 30th 2016 [ME NewsWire]

Arab & India Spices (AIS), one of the largest importer of food products in the Middle East and the second largest processor of pulses and spices in the world, has unveiled the regions’ largest food production facility built in Ajman at an investment of AED 350 million.

HE Mohammed Al Muallam, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of DP World, inaugurated the facility in the presence of Arab & India Spices Managing Director Mr. Harish Tahiliani, Director Mrs. Vidhya Harish and other senior dignitaries.

The entire factory premises of AIS now covers an area of over 400,000 square feet, where the production plant has the capacity to process additional 36,000 tons of lentils annually. With the expansion of its production facility, AIS eyes an annual turnover of AED 1 billion starting from 2016.

The 70-year-old company is one of the first and largest firms that sources and processes a range of pulses and ground spices in the Gulf. The company records the largest import of pulses, lentils, spices and rice from various sourcing points around the world with hundreds of tons of foodstuff being imported annually to the GCC. 

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Harish Kumar Lal Tahiliani, Managing Director of Arab & India Spices, said, “We are extremely proud to unveil the region’s largest food processing plant. This new facility is an extended version of AIS’ existing state-of-the-art food processing plant in Ajman. AIS began in a 400 square feet facility in the UAE and now it operates a 400,000 square feet production facility extended gradually, making AIS one of the largest food production and processing facility in the region.”

“The hi-tech plant is part of the company's plans to drive the continued growth of its business in the UAE and expand further into other parts of the Gulf region. AIS has diversified its operations from milling and grinding to processing of whole spices and consumer packing. We are making investments to drive sustainable long-term growth. The extension of our plant is a crucial factor of our growth strategy facilitating us consolidate and expand our market share in the Middle East region,” he added.

“We supply quality products with competitive prices, timely shipments and excellent service offered through our offices, warehouses, factories, farms, sourcing system and processing units across the globe. With a centralized system of these facilities and operations, AIS can control the pricing from time to time to keep the market steady at its best level. The quality of our food products and the price range we offer to consumers are the reasons for our constant growth and success in the market,” Mr. Tahiliani further said.

“We have implemented global standards of quality control measures to maintain the safety and value of the foodstuff produced in our facility and supplied across the region. Known for hygienic packaging, stringent quality norms and competitive pricing, the range of products from Arab & India Spices enjoys a strong customer base of all regions and ethnic backgrounds, major hotels, restaurants and catering companies. We will continue our commitment to sustainable development, which we believe is a key driver of our success in future," he added.

AIS brings superior quality of products to the market keeping in mind the end-users. The company’s access to quality material, experience of products processing and maintaining rigid quality control standards guarantee superior product quality. Recently AIS achieved a record of being the first company to bring in lentils in vessel loads to UAE from Canada.

About Arab & India Spices

With a humble start by family members as a small grinding mill in 1947 in India. The company was re-established as Arab & India Spices in the year 1986 in a 400 square feet facility in Sharjah with 4 people and the company mainly imported spices from India. The company has grown from strength to strength and today it is an empire of spices and pulses, being one of the largest importer in the Middle East sourcing raw pulses from most of the major pulses producing countries like Myanmar, Australia, Canada, USA, China, UK and India. The company mainly produces Masoor Dal (Red-split lentils), Chana Dal, Moong Dal, Urid Dal and Toor Dal. Spices are mainly procured from India, China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam to name a few. The spices and pulses imported from various countries are packed and sold in the UAE and other countries.

Arab & India Spices owns three major rice brands including 777, Ameera and Nallari. These products are re-exported to various countries from Ajman and the company is doing contract production for various global brands too. Apart from catering to the needs of UAE market, the company’s supply chain covers other countries in the GCC. We also supply foodstuff to select customers in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Far Eastern market. The company also has satellite offices in several countries for the procurement of food items.

Currently the company employs more than 600 staff in the UAE. The company’s skilled workers and quality control staff can meet the most sophisticated specifications for all types of processing requirements, at the same time, the company’s strength in sourcing ensures the steady supply of quality pulses and spices.


Rasheed Palliyalil

Watermelon Communications

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