Market Size for value added dairy products in the UAE is around AED 800 Mn. Two key trends in the sector are emerging healthy awareness and the global move towards premium and high margin products like gourmet Italian cheeses or super premium frozen desserts. The regional trend is towards value added products, functional foods, reduced fat and enriched milk products, fermented dairy drinks etc.
Rising Health awareness is leading to a shift towards healthy products. Global move towards higher margin products like Gourmet Italian cheese or new products like Low fat products, super premium frozen desserts. Regional trend is moving towards value added products such as pro biotic and other functional yoghurts, reduced fat and enriched milk products and fermented dairy drinks and organic cheese.
- Opportunities requiring low investment exist in pro biotic, laban ( health drinks, milk processing- Goat and Camel Milk, Cheese Plant ( Natural Cheese) and yoghurt plant ( Fruit and Pro Biotic Yoghurt)
- Most of milk processing plants have diversified into milk based products.
- 60 dairy processing plants 9 about 40% in the UAE) produce 300,000 tons of dairy products annually.
- Al Rawabi, Al Marmum are the large players