Del Monte Foods (UAE) FZE has announced its intention to expand its farming operations with the acquisition of farms in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The company currently boasts farms in Turkey and the UAE, while its regional headquarters is in Dubai.
“We are excited to showcase our increasing involvement in regional farming operations, growing fresh produce on off-soil technologies as well as from the ground,” said Mohammed Abbas, Del Monte MENA vice president. “We want to grow awareness on the fact that we are not only producers and distributors but also growers.”
According to the company, the move is a response to rising “health consciousness” in the region. “[New] products are our response to making it easy for consumers to meet their five-a-day intake of fruits and vegetables – a simple, healthy-eating principle that can be challenging in today’s society.”