Abu Dhabi is building a ‘Food Hub’ and securing its future food supply chain

Abu Dhabi is building a ‘Food Hub’ and securing its future food supply chain
26 October 2022
Abu Dhabi’s industrial cluster Kezad and JAFZA-headquartered Ghassan Aboud Group intends to secure the supply chain with the launch of the Abu Dhabi Food Hub. Gulf News spoke to Graham Sanders, CEO of Abu Dhabi Food Hub – Kezad and Suresh Vaidhyanathan, Group CEO, Ghassan Aboud Group, for an elaboration on the details of the new venture.  

Graham Sanders, CEO of Abhu Dhabi  Food Hub shared the primary direction of the Abu Dhabi Food Hub-Kezad: 

As the region’s largest multi-category wholesale food trading and logistics hub, Abu Dhabi Food Hub - Kezad will leverage the emirate’s position as a gateway to Asia, Africa, and the MENA region. The scale and ambition of the project will support the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy 2051, help accelerate food trade flow through Abu Dhabi and the UAE, and facilitate increased agriculture in the country.

Abu Dhabi Food Hub is located in close proximity to Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port and has direct access to world-class transport connectivity, including three major international airports, congestion-free multi-lane highways, and Etihad Rail’s future rail link.

By bringing together wholesale buyers, sellers, logistics players, consolidators and distributors from across the world, the food hub will enhance the diversity, quality, and quantity of all food categories available for consumers in the UAE and wider region.

He also addded: 

Abu Dhabi Food Hub - Kezad is a public-private partnership between AD Ports Group and Ghassan Aboud Group. It is a food trading and logistics hub built to facilitate domestic and international food trade in all food categories from fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, dry products, dry commodities, dairy, gourmet products and flowers.

Across 3.3 square kilometres, we are building a ‘Food Ecosystem’ where you can store, pack, trade, finance, customs clear, inspect and move food products across all categories. (And) not just fresh products – all food products.

The Food Hub will be supported by an ecosystem of logistics services providers, government-backed services, and general commercial services, and is set to become the new centre for food trading and logistics in the region.

Suresh Vaidhyanathan, Group CEO, Ghassan Aboud Group: The food business is one of the Group’s predominant verticals that includes distribution, catering, retail, logistics and digital platforms.

The Abu Dhabi Food Hub – Kezad venture represents the Group’s further foray into the food value chain. The Group is also leveraging its collaboration with Rungis International Market, one of the world’s leading fresh produce wholesale markets in delivering a world-class hub for the UAE. As a greenfield project, we have the unique advantage of designing and building what could be one of the world’s most optimized marketplaces.

He concluded by stating: The Ghassan Aboud Group has been investing and developing competencies within the food vertical. The food business has emerged as a core business for the Group with its rapidly expanding portfolio of operations in this sector. The Group has aligned itself closely with the UAE’s ambitions for food security associated innovations in this critical industry.

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