Barakat commissions new plant in Dubai
Dubai, February 15, 2012
Leading fresh fruit and vegetable products firm Barakat Quality Plus has commissioned its newest plant in the ‘Food & Beverage Zone’ at Dubai Industrial City (DI).
The 200,000 sq ft facility constitutes the second phase of expansion for the company. The unit has a daily processing capacity of 200 tonnes of fresh sanitised vegetable produce, including peeled fresh potato, onion, carrot in bulk and vegetable crudités, as well as leafy greens and mixed salads.
In addition, Barakat has also leased labour accommodation at Dubai Industrial City for its 150-strong staff associated with the production unit, said a statement.
The new facility complements the company’s first unit at the Jebel Ali Industrial Area, which has a daily processing capacity of 70 tonnes of fresh fruits for sugar-free juices, as well as cut fruits and smoothies.
Jeyaraman, CEO, Barakat Quality Plus, said: “Our products are renowned for their trademark freshness and preservative-free quality. Thus, securing an ultra-quick and seamless manufacturing, dispatch and delivery process is all the more vital for us. Dubai Industrial City’s close proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Sea Port, the two gateways through which we import and export fruits and vegetables, was a decisive factor to build our new plant in DI.
“Our investment at DI also gives us additional room to expand in the future and build another processing unit as and when future market conditions may require. We are particularly happy that the new factory is both eco-friendly and cost-efficient. The recycling is also designed to reduce our maintenance and operational costs,” he said.
Barakat Quality Plus food plants are the only facilities in the UAE which completely recycle water. “Approximately 200,000 litres of waste water is turned into potable water. 100,000 litres of this drinking water is reused again in our cooling plant and as process water in the factory. Another 30,000 litres of grey water is used in sewerage and irrigation of the green landscape around the factory. The rest is given for use to concrete factories.”
The company has a 35 per cent retail market share in the GCC-wide fresh fruit and vegetable industry, while it enjoys a 75 per cent market presence in the hospitality industry.
Its clients include hotels and tourism establishments, retail outlets and leading supermarkets such as Géant, Carrefour, Spinneys, Choithram, Hyper Panda, Lals and Lulu, the statement said.
It also caters to large companies such as Emirates airline, and landmark events including the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it said. – TradeArabia News Service