By Sam Bridge
Pinar opens new plant in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi with an initial investment of approximately $27m
Turkish food brand Pinar has opened its first production site abroad in Abu Dhabi, with the facility becoming the UAE’s first processed cheese factory.
Yasar Group, which owns Pinar, officially opened the new plant in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) set up with an initial investment of approximately $27 million.
Pinar said it will be producing its first “Made in the UAE” cheese at the new complex, which will be its key manufacturing hub in the MENA region.
Mariam bint Mohamed Almheiri, Minister for State for Food Security, said: “Creating strong partnerships with the private sector is a key pillar in supporting the UAE's food security profile, as it strengthens food production and management across the entire food value chain through the launch of innovation-based food projects.
"The opening of this new Pinar facility is a tangible outcome of the UAE’s targeted investment in the food sector, which aims to increase domestic food production to cope with the country’s ever increasing population growth."
Arda Cenk Tokbas, founding managing director of HDF and Hadaf Foods Industries, said: “We are delighted to announce our first factory in the GCC officially open in the UAE’s capital. This makes us also extremely proud that our state-of-the-art factory is the first processed cheese plant of the UAE.”
The facility has the capacity of about 30,000 tons of cheese production per year, and in next couple of years the company expects to double the annual production to more than 60,000 tons.
All the products made at the new facility will be sold primarily in the Middle East and North Africa as well as several new potential markets.
The new base has created over 100 new jobs in the UAE capital and Yasar Group said it is also currently looking at opportunities for further manufacturing facilities in the Middle East.
Samir Chaturvedi, CEO of KIZAD, said: “The opening of Pinar’s first processed cheese plant in the UAE is a strong validation of KIZAD’s value proposition that the world’s leading companies and brands benefit most from the infrastructure that KIZAD, and more broadly Abu Dhabi Ports, provide."For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.