UAE 2018 Food and Beverage report: Food for thought

UAE 2018 Food and Beverage report: Food for thought

This is the fourth edition of our annual series which examines the Food & Beverage industry in the United Arab Emirates.



Anurag Bajpai

Lower Gulf Head of Consumer and Retail and LG Leader - KPMG Private Enterprise

KPMG Lower Gulf


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Food for thought

Building on the three previous editions, the 2018 UAE Food and Beverage (F&B) report ‘Food for thought’, reflects the views of 25 industry stakeholders, operating throughout the Emirates, representing more than 120 brands and approximately 1,700 outlets.

Conversations with F&B stakeholders explored current developments in the market and future perspectives. Interviews for the report were conducted during the third and fourth quarters of 2018, and included both qualitative and quantitative data collection.

Key findings

  • 83% of operators expect growth in the medium-term due to bolstered trends such as delivery-led revolution and expectations around Expo 2020
  • The UAE’s ‘deliverution’ or food delivery-led revolution, has remained strong in a challenging market in 2018.
  • The delivery segment is growing year-on-year and the use of rental kitchens is a trend that is increasing in the UAE
  • Driven by market conditions, quick-service restaurants appear to have outperformed other formats
  •  The UAE continues to lead the Food and Beverage market in the Middle East region

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