Emirates unit inks JV deal to create halal food hub in Dubai

Emirates Flight Catering and Washington DC-based Cuisine Solutions (CSI) will co-invest in a joint venture to become the UAE’s sole distributor of sous vide products, under the name of Emirates Cuisine Solutions.

Phase two of the joint venture will see the establishment of the world’s largest halal sous vide manufacturing facility in Dubai, a statement said.

It added that the joint venture will start distributing its sous vide products to customers, including airlines, restaurateurs and hospitality providers, in the UAE this month while the food manufacturing facility is expected to be operational in 2022.

Sous-vide is a method of cooking in which food is placed in a plastic pouch or a glass jar and cooked in a water bath for longer than usual cooking times at an accurately regulated temperature.

Saeed Mohammed, CEO of Emirates Flight Catering, said: “Today’s announcement is an important milestone for Emirates Flight Catering. Our appetite for perfection means we are 100 percent committed to providing the best possible quality products and services to our customers.

“Emirates Flight Catering constantly looks at innovation, and ways to improve our productivity, product and service quality. Introducing the distribution of sous vide products into the UAE market, swiftly followed by manufacturing in a Dubai-based facility, affords us the opportunity to secure a local supply chain of high-quality products.”

Felipe Hasselmann, president and CEO of Cuisine Solutions, added: “Our joint venture will encompass the entire GCC and Africa region. Emirates Flight Catering’s ongoing pursuit to create memorable, exceptional food, coupled with its impressive mantra for outstanding service is echoed within Cuisine Solutions’ culture of quality and innovation.

“Equally impressive in this new joint venture, is our second phase, which includes the construction of the world’s largest halal sous vide manufacturing facility… Cuisine Solutions’ dedication to perfecting the techniques of sous vide mirrors Emirates Flight Catering’s commitment to elevate the quality and pleasing diversity of every dining experience.”

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