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Market Overview - United Arab Emirates

April 2017

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Market snapshot

Production

Crop production and livestock in United Arab Emirates - Top ten crops (tonnes)
Top ten crops 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Dates 825,300 239,164 221,529 237,864 255,182
Sorghum 125,029 89,503 19,997 53,871 76,990
Other fresh vegetables 28,400 26,043 36,925 20,509 53,793
Tomatoes 47,411 58,668 35,470 33,130 36,041
Cucumbers and gherkins 4,242 4,497 15,105 33,874 28,666
Green onions, shallots 22,947 23,409 23,871 24,333 24,795
Other fresh fruit 10,615 13,381 12,781 13,072 13,740
Other melons, cantaloupe 1,374 2,050 6,792 10,495 11,892
Carrots and turnips 8,463 8,756 9,381 9,770 10,159
Pumpkins, squash 27,419 23,117 21,355 5,770 7,003
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization – Statistics Division (FAOSTAT) Agricultural Production, December 2016
Crop production and livestock in United Arab Emirates - Meat indigenous (tonnes)
Meat indigenous 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Chicken 37,753 39,635 40,458 41,058 42,258
Camel 23,562 32,792 27,296 27,296 27,296
Goat 12,135 19,280 16,155 16,955 17,435
Cattle 3,840 7,309 13,518 13,893 14,143
Sheep 7,857 5,176 5,418 5,508 5,688
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization – Statistics Division (FAOSTAT) Agricultural Production, December 2016
2014 not available
Crop production and livestock in United Arab Emirates - Livestock (head)
Livestock 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Chickens 20,000,000 21,000,000 21,000,000 21,500,000 22,500,000
Sheep 1,350,665 1,386,828 1,841,829 2,082,926 2,150,000
Goats 1,883,630 1,889,554 1,579,164 1,850,464 1,920,000
Camels 358,027 363,807 364,378 392,667 400,000
Cattle 100,860 88,617 78,717 85,359 87,000
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization – Statistics Division (FAOSTAT) Agricultural Production, December 2016

Trade

United Arab Emirates top agri-food and seafood imports from the World, 2015
Commodity Import value US$ millions Top suppliers and market share #1 Top suppliers and market share #2 Top suppliers and market share #3 Canada's share
Cigarettes 836.6 South Korea 36.5% Bulgaria 16.3% Germany 16.1% 0.0%
Milled rice 589.7 India 94.9% Thailand 2.9% United States 1.3% 0.0%
Food preparations 423.1 United States 24.6% Bahrain 6.7% France 6.1% 1.1%
Almonds 404.2 United States 77.6% Australia 13.4% Hong Kong 5.6% 0.0%
Milk and cream 387.8 New Zealand 82.9% Netherlands 5.2% Germany 3.1% 0.0%
Cane or beet sugar 338.3 Brazil 75.7% India 17.9% Singapore 2.8% 0.0%
Swedes and mangolds 328.3 Spain 38.2% United States 29.2% Italy 22.8% 0.3%
Frozen chicken cuts 321.1 Brazil 77.9% United States 14.5% Thailand 3.2% 0.0%
Whole frozen chickens 316.6 Brazil 81.5% Argentina 6.8% France 5.6% 0.0%
Canola seed 297.0 Canada 64.1% Australia 24.7% Ukraine 7.7% 64.1%
Source: Global Trade Tracker, January 2017

Retail sales

Historical agri-food retail sales in United Arab Emirates, in fixed US$ millions (2012 to 2016)
Categories 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016E CAGR 2012-16 Market share
Packaged food 3,399.8 3,685.9 3,977.5 4,322.6 4,679.6 8.3% N/A
Baby food 100.9 107.5 116.5 127.9 139.2 8.4% 3.0%
Baked goods 362.5 387.5 414.0 447.3 474.6 7.0% 10.1%
Breakfast cereals 70.4 74.6 78.6 83.9 89.8 6.3% 1.9%
Confectionery 299.4 347.5 383.5 429.3 481.9 12.6% 10.3%
Dairy 1,060.0 1,132.2 1,204.3 1,281.9 1,362.9 6.5% 29.1%
Edible oils 138.5 147.8 157.0 168.1 177.2 6.4% 3.8%
Ice cream and frozen desserts 88.2 95.0 102.4 108.1 113.4 6.5% 2.4%
Processed fruit and vegetables 84.9 92.0 97.0 103.0 108.3 6.3% 2.3%
Processed meat and seafood 205.8 222.1 239.6 259.9 281.3 8.1% 6.0%
Ready meals 19.1 20.3 21.7 23.5 25.3 7.3% 0.5%
Rice, pasta and noodles 374.4 405.4 438.0 481.5 527.7 9.0% 11.3%
Sauces, dressings, condiments 118.0 126.7 135.3 145.5 157.6 7.5% 3.4%
Savoury snacks 269.4 298.4 335.4 384.4 438.8 13.0% 9.4%
Soup 17.1 18.6 20.1 21.9 23.6 8.3% 0.5%
Spreads 59.9 66.9 77.2 84.7 91.8 11.3% 2.0%
Sweet biscuits, snack bars and fruit snacks 131.4 143.6 156.9 171.6 186.2 9.1% 4.0%
Source: Euromonitor, 2017
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
Not applicable (N/A)
Estmate (E)
Forecast agri-food retail sales in United Arab Emirates, in fixed US$ millions (2017 to 2021)
Categories 2017F 2018F 2019F 2020F 2021F CAGR 2017-21 Market share
Packaged food 4,961.2 5,256.6 5,564.7 5,819.4 6,117.6 5.4% N/A
Baby food 148.5 157.8 167.3 175.8 184.4 5.6% 3.0%
Baked goods 495.1 516.6 538.6 560.7 586.1 4.3% 9.6%
Breakfast cereals 94.1 98.4 102.7 107.1 112.5 4.6% 1.8%
Confectionery 530.0 580.3 634.2 685.6 731.6 8.4% 12.0%
Dairy 1,414.9 1,473.1 1,532.2 1,580.7 1,632.1 3.6% 26.7%
Edible oils 180.8 184.7 188.8 193.2 205.2 3.2% 3.4%
Ice cream and frozen desserts 116.6 118.4 121.2 123.7 126.2 2.0% 2.1%
Processed fruit and vegetables 111.8 115.5 119.4 123.1 127.9 3.4% 2.1%
Processed meat and seafood 298.4 316.1 333.8 348.5 367.5 5.3% 6.0%
Ready meals 26.5 27.7 29.0 29.7 31.1 4.1% 0.5%
Rice, pasta and noodles 565.0 604.6 644.3 654.9 692.8 5.2% 11.3%
Sauces, dressings, condiments 166.9 177.2 188.2 197.2 208.7 5.7% 3.4%
Savoury snacks 493.8 550.0 609.0 665.4 720.0 9.9% 11.8%
Soup 24.6 25.7 26.8 27.8 28.3 3.6% 0.5%
Spreads 97.1 102.7 108.4 114.5 121.3 5.7% 2.0%
Sweet biscuits, snack bars and fruit snacks 197.2 207.9 220.6 231.4 241.9 5.2% 4.0%
Source: Euromonitor, 2017
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
Not applicable (N/A)
Forecast (F)

Health and wellness (HW)

Historical HW products retail sales in United Arab Emirates, in fixed US$ millions (2012 to 2016)
Categories 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016E CAGR 2012-16 Market share
HW packaged food (total) 559.4 604.7 657.9 736.3 809.0 9.7% N/A
HW baby food 71.6 76.3 83.1 92.1 100.4 8.8% 12.4%
HW baked Goods 16.6 17.8 19.8 23.2 26.1 12% 3.2%
HW breakfast cereals 70.4 74.6 78.6 83.9 89.8 6.3% 11.1%
HW confectionery 35.3 38.8 42.3 46.6 50.7 9.5% 6.3%
HW dairy 194.4 209.1 225.4 250.8 271.2 8.7% 33.5%
HW edible oils 29.7 32.1 35.1 41.3 44.2 10.5% 5.5%
HW ice cream and frozen desserts 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 10.7% 0.0%
HW rice, pasta and noodles 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 1.0 6.4% 0.1%
HW sauces, dressings, condiments 22.6 24.3 26.1 28.2 30.1 7.4% 3.7%
HW savoury snacks 58.7 66.4 77.0 93.9 113.2 17.8% 14.0%
HW shelf stable meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables 5.5 5.8 6.2 6.5 6.9 6.1% 0.9%
HW soup 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 7.7% 0.0%
HW spreads 22.5 24.3 26.1 27.9 29.8 7.3% 3.7%
HW sweet biscuits, snack bars and fruit snacks 11.9 13.0 14.3 15.9 17.5 10.0% 2.2%
Source: Euromonitor, 2017
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
Not applicable (N/A)
Estimate (E)
Health and wellness (HW)
Forecast HW products retail sales in United Arab Emirates, in fixed US$ millions (2017 to 2021)
Categories 2017F 2018F 2019F 2020F 2021F CAGR 2017-21 Market share
HW packaged food (total) 866.1 925.5 987.9 1,043.7 1,103.0 6.2% N/A
HW baby food 106.9 113.2 119.2 124.0 128.6 4.7% 15.9%
HW baked goods 27.7 29.1 31.3 33.3 36.0 6.8% 4.4%
HW breakfast cereals 94.1 98.4 102.7 107.1 112.5 4.6% 13.9%
HW confectionery 54.5 58.3 62.1 66.1 69.9 6.4% 8.6%
HW dairy 283.5 296.4 308.8 316.2 326.1 3.6% 40.3%
HW edible oils 45.9 48.2 51.7 55.8 59.3 6.6% 7.3%
HW ice cream and frozen desserts 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 6.2% 0.0%
HW rice, pasta and noodles 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.3 4.8% 0.2%
HW sauces, dressings, condiments 31.5 33.0 34.7 36.6 38.6 5.2% 4.8%
HW savoury snacks 132.9 153.8 175.7 196.3 216.4 13.0% 26.7%
HW shelf stable meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables 7.2 7.6 7.9 7.9 8.7 4.7% 1.1%
HW soup 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 5.1% 0.0%
HW spreads 31.1 32.6 34.2 35.9 37.9 5.0% 4.7%
HW sweet biscuits, snack bars and fruit snacks 18.8 20.1 21.4 22.8 24.1 6.4% 3.0%
Source: Euromonitor, 2017
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
Not applicable (N/A)
Forecast (F)
Health and wellness (HW)

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