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Chocolatier opens new factory in Dubai for Gulf retail push

Lebanese firm Patchi to employ 150 people at new facility producing 3,000kg of chocolate per day

Chocolatier opens new factory in Dubai for Gulf retail push

International chocolatier Patchi has opened a new factory in Dubai, which will employ 150 people, and will service growing demand across the Gulf region.

Patchi has opened a temporary factory capable of producing 3,000kg of chocolate a day on prime Dubai Industrial City land, a statement said.

"The factory, which will employ 150 people, will service increasing demand for Patchi chocolate throughout the Arabian Gulf region and enable Patchi to meet ambitious growth plans over the coming years," it added

Beirut-based Patchi today operates 30 boutiques offering chocolate across the UAE, with more than 145 outlets worldwide.

Patchi CEO Oussama Choucair said: "We are delighted to demonstrate our commitment to the future of Dubai Industrial City with the opening of this best in class facility.

"Patchi considered several sites for our latest factory, but we chose Dubai Industrial City for the superb infrastructure, services and transport network it offers.

"This facility, which enables us to increase production while maintaining the highest standards, forms a key pillar in our long-term strategy and we look forward to working closely with Dubai Industrial City over the coming months and years."

Dubai Industrial City CEO Abdulla Belhoul added: "We are delighted to welcome the Middle East's leading chocolate brand to Dubai Industrial City and would like to congratulate Patchi on the inauguration of their new facility.

"The launch of Patchi's factory in Dubai Industrial City will significantly boost the city's manufacturing sector and marks a key milestone in the expansion of the Patchi brand in the region.

"I am positive this new facility will enable Patchi to ensure the same unrivalled quality that sets it apart the world over."

Dubai Industrial City is now home to more than 500 companies.

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