BlueWeave Consulting, a leading strategic consulting and market research firm, in its recent study, expects the UAE fruits and vegetables processing market size to grow at a significant CAGR of 9.84% during the forecast period between 2023 and 2029. Increased consumption of prepared and easy foods as well as an increase in the number of working women are two significant growth factors for the UAE fruits and vegetables processing market. Consumers are increasingly embracing shelf-stable processed fruits and vegetables because they are convenient, easy to use, and need little to no preparation. The market is also expected to expand as a consequence of rising consumer demand for dried fruits and fruit snacks as well as a shift in consumer preferences toward convenience meals & canned goods.
UAE Fruits and Vegetables Processing Market – Overview
Processing provides fruits and vegetables with a longer shelf life. Some of the most commonly used processing methods in the market are blanching, dehydrating, canning, freezing, fermenting & pickling, and irradiating. Fruits and vegetables must be processed in order to provide consumables for both direct consumption and use as culinary components. The major goals of processing are to maintain the color, taste, texture, and nutritional value of perishable fruits and vegetables while extending their shelf life.
UAE Fruits and Vegetables Processing Market – By Processing Systems
Based on processing systems, the UAE fruits and vegetables processing market is segmented into small-scale processing, intermediate-scale processing, and large-scale processing. The small-scale processing segment accounts for the highest share of the UAE fruits and vegetables processing market. Small-scale farmers are increasingly using small-scale processing equipment to prepare their products for sale in local markets, which is credited with the sector’s expansion. This sort of processing system’s cheap investment needs is another important aspect driving the expansion of the industry as a whole.
Impact of COVID-19 on the UAE Fruits and Vegetables Processing Market
During the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE market for processing fruits and vegetables suffered a setback. Due to social distance standards and labor scarcity, the supply chains were entirely disrupted, and the processing activities were stopped. Stocks of processed fruits and vegetables were in short supply as a result. The market also saw a dramatic increase in the demand for packaged food and convenience goods. However, the market is anticipated to grow during the post-COVID-19 era as consumer health consciousness increases and supply chain disruptions subside.
Major players operating in UAE fruits and vegetables processing market include Al Dahra Agriculture, Agthia Group PJSC, Emirates Food Industries LLC, Greenhouse Foodstuff Trading LLC, Al Rawabi Dairy Company, Dole Food Company, Inc., Del Monte Pacific Limited, Nestle Middle East, Pepsico, Inc., and Unilever Gulf FZE.
To further enhance their market share, these companies employ various strategies, including mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, license agreements, and new product launches.
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