News & Press Releases

“Healthy Kitchen”

Press release
5 February 2017

Carrefour Serves Wellness on Everyone’s Plate

Dubai, UAE – 5 February, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa has launched Carrefour’s Healthy Kitchen section in its flagship hypermarket located at the Mall of the Emirates. This step comes as part of Carrefour’s continued efforts to enhance the shopping experience for their active and energetic consumers who are looking to improve their lifestyle with healthier food choices

The Healthy Kitchen welcomes Carrefour’s customers with its warm and natural look and offers a wide array of more than 2500 of the best health products from organic to free-from, to diet and fitness food at very competitive prices. With the inclusion of educational displays there will be an added focus on the healthiest trends observed.

The Healthy Kitchen is a result of Carrefour’s commitment to enrich and nourish its customers’ lives with all their health needs under one roof.

Dubai SME signs Memorandum of Understanding with Carrefour to boost local SME competitiveness

Press release
22 January 2017

MoU covers food, textile and electronic products

Dubai, 22 January, 2017: Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Majid Al Futtaim Retail to support members of Dubai SME through the display of their products at Carrefour hypermarkets and supermarkets, which Majid Al Futtaim Retail owns in 38 markets,

The aim of the agreement between the two parties is to enhance competitiveness amongst members of Dubai SME, support the development of small and medium enterprises in the retail business and contribute to the GDP of Dubai and the UAE.

The MoU was signed at Dubai SME’s headquarters in the Business Village by His Excellency Abdul Baset Al Janahi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai SME, and Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director, Carrefour UAE, with the presence of a number of executives and officials from both sides.

Commenting on this partnership, H.E. Abdul Baset Al Janahi said: Dubai SME is seeking to help develop small and medium enterprises by partnering with the private sector, thereby increasing their operational productivity and customer reach. This agreement offers rewarding opportunities for members and provides a strong platform to display and promote their products. With its many convenient locations in the UAE, Carrefour enjoys high popularity and footfall cutting across all segments of the UAE community.

H. E Al Janahi added: “We constantly explore opportunities and benefits for our members to get the best results for their businesses. This agreement will enable our members to promote their products, in particular, fresh food, groceries, household and electrical appliances and textiles.”

H. E Al Janahi also highlighted Dubai SME’s continued efforts in seeking out avenues compatible to the nature of its members’ projects as well as the national development policy. H.E. Al Janahi confirmed that the signing of such agreements allowed entrepreneurs to become part of the global trade ecosystem and created a platform for the members to compete with big local companies in the market.

Commenting on the MoU, Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “We are proud of this partnership with Dubai SME, which allows us to become a platform for local companies seeking to achieve growth and development. It also supports our role in contributing to the UAE economy and help achieve economic diversity. We at Carrefour strive to provide quality products at competitive prices, and this partnership will support our efforts to diversify our suppliers and enhance our product offering to customers, creating great moments for everyone, everyday.” 

Carrefour to open largest regional distribution centre in National Industries Park

Press release
2 January 2017

800,000 square feet facility to feature advanced warehousing and logistics technologies

Dubai, UAE – 02 January, 2017: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa, today announced that it will open a new distribution centre at the National Industries Park (NIP) in Dubai. The centre, once operational, will be the largest and most advanced distribution hub of its kind for Carrefour in the region.

The facility is constructed on a land area of 1.5 million square feet and covers a built-up area of over 800,000 square feet, almost four times the size of Carrefour’s current largest distribution centre building in the region. The Centre will also feature advanced warehousing, storage and logistics technologies.

The multi-temperature storage at the new distribution centre is designed to meet the storage needs of the different food types including fruits, vegetables, meat and dry foods as well as warehousing for non-food goods. With a total storage capacity of over 400 million units, the new distribution hub is expected to save over 50 per cent energy per cubic metre and manage more than 150000 orders per day to support Carrefour’s brick and mortar stores in addition to the omni-channel business of Carrefour.

Commenting on the new distribution hub, Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director, Carrefour UAE, said: “With our new distribution centre in NIP, we have significantly expanded our operational capabilities in the region in terms of storage facilities as well as technological infrastructure. We continue to look at the Middle East and North Africa as one of the key growth regions for Carrefour and one that we will continue to invest in over the coming years. We are confident that this new facility will help us deliver even better quality of products and services to our customers.”

Younis Al Mulla, Senior Vice President – Development and Government Affairs, Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “It gives us great pleasure at Majid Al Futtaim Retail in establishing this strategic partnership with National Industries Park (NIP) and in the development of our central warehousing and distribution facility within their premises. As part of our company’s vision to Create Great Moments for Everyone, Everyday, we are committed to constantly improving our operational facilities and capabilities for delivering high value to our customers in the UAE and other operating markets.”

“In addition to being our largest distribution centre in the region, the facility at NIP is also highly energy efficient and will help us become more environmentally friendly, while reducing the overall carbon footprint of our stores,” Al Mulla added.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, UAE Region of DP World, said: “I welcome Majid Al Futtaim, one of the leading national companies, to the National Industries Park (NIP) to establish their advanced integrated logistics centre. The company is renowned regionally and globally for their pioneering contribution to the retail and leisure industry and we are confident of providing Majid Al Futtaim with distinctive logistic solutions that meet their requirements for various markets. NIP has an advanced multi-modal connectivity that reduces transportation duration, especially in reaching the Middle East and North African countries, through DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port and the Al Maktoum International Airport.”

Carrefour looks to grow organic, deli and diary lines at the specialty food festival

Press release
7 November 2016

Hypermarket and supermarket chain working to boost local organic processes

Dubai, UAE: Hypermarket and supermarket chain Carrefour, operated and managed by Majid Al Futtaim, is looking to expand its organic fruit, delicatessen and dairy product lines and work with local suppliers to boost organic capacity as UAE shoppers become more health conscious.

Carrefour will join more than 700 international suppliers of finished foods at The Speciality Food Festival, SEAFEX and Yummex Middle East, being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) this week. Additional retail heavyweight sourcing missions attending the shows include senior delegations from Jumeirah Group, Spinneys, Waitrose, Dubai Duty Free, Rotana Group, Emirates Flight Catering, Manuel Supermarket and Dubai Mall among others.

Carrefour will use the show as a platform to source additional food lines for health-conscious customers, Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director at Carrefour UAE, said. “Organic and health-conscious products as well as convenient ‘food to go’ are the most significant food trends impacting the UAE and Carrefour UAE is working with UAE producers to further boost local organic processes.

“As one of the region’s largest retailers, we understand it is important to keep a close eye on emerging trends and healthy, gluten free and organic products are becoming increasingly popular. Our consumers have responded positively to our current selection of health conscious foods, which includes Australian meat, organic fish, organic and gluten free breads. Going forward, we would like to expand the availability of our organic fruit, dairy and delicatessen products,” he said.

“Carrefour constantly monitors health and fitness trends across America and Europe and is in touch with influential doctors and nutritionists to understand more about popular products. We want to ensure that consumers are able to get all of their health food needs met under one roof, which is why we stock a wide range of health conscious foods including organic, bio, free-from and vegan, as well as diet and fitness products,” he added.

With global market intelligence Euromonitor International forecasting that the UAE’s Food and Beverage (F&B) sector will grow its annual revenues from AED 52.4 billion currently to AED 81.9 billion by 2020, changing consumer preferences are influencing growth within regional gourmet and specialised food sectors, according to Andrew Pert, Exhibitions Director, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC.

“Whether it’s from the emergence of organic markets, the expansion of gourmet and delicatessen departments in the retail segment or the introduction of organic and specialised F&B outlets, the regional market is evolving. The extensive range of exhibitors we feature in our event holds new opportunities for local, regional and international suppliers. We are seeing a number of major food retailers sending top-level sourcing and procurement delegations to the events as they recognise the fresh business opportunities in partnering with local and regional producers,” Pert said.

Carrefour will also look to build new relationships with regional and international suppliers, said Povedano. “In terms of sourcing, we always try to work directly with the source of production to deliver high-quality products to all our customers. Our supplier management teams also have close relationships with suppliers and our quality and food safety checks ensure the quality of the products in our stores. We remain committed to working directly with the source of production to deliver high-quality products that appeal to our diversified customer base.”

Companies from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA will also be taking part in the newly-launched Global Dates Market, which being sponsored by the Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA) – a governmental organisation focused on developing exports from the Kingdom that are diverse and globally competitive.

The Speciality Food Festival has attracted more than 200 exhibitors from over 50 countries. The show features a raft of new national pavilions and a broad-range of international and local companies, including a significant stable of Europe's finest food companies from France, the UK, Spain, Portugal and Italy, which is the exhibition’s first country partner.

DWTC has signed a landmark partnership with the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) – the official government organisation, which promotes Italian companies internationally - that will see the best Italian food and drink producers participate at DWTC’s trio of specialist food events this year.

The Speciality Food Festival is part of a trio of conveniently segmented food events which also features SEAFEX, devoted to seafood and Yummex, the region’s leading international trade fair for the confectionery and snacks market. The trio is co-located alongside Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing, processing, packaging, logistics and materials handling exhibition which together attract more than 30,000 attendees looking to allocate their annual Food & Beverage budgets.

Open 10am-6pm from 7- 9 November 2016, the three niche food shows are for trade and business professionals only. General public and persons under the age of 21 will not be permitted entry. Registration is available at the show upon proof of trade status.

Carrefour set to open ten new stores in the UAE

Press release
30 October 2016

Majid Al Futtaim celebrates 21 years since introducing hypermarket concept to the region with daily promotions

Dubai, UAE – 30 October 2016: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa, today announced that Carrefour will open ten new stores in the UAE in 2017, setting it on target to reach 140 hypermarkets and 210 supermarkets in the countries in which Majid Al Futtaim operates by 2018.

Carrefour, franchised by Majid Al Futtaim in 38 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, will open two hypermarkets and eight supermarkets across the emirates next year as it looks to meet the growing demand for convenience shopping.

“This week marks 21 years since Majid Al Futtaim introduced the Carrefour hypermarket concept to the UAE and the wider region as part of its vision to create great moments for everyone, every day. Since then, the brand has become synonymous with providing customers with unbeatable value and choice. We are proud to continue that tradition through the current in-store promotions to celebrate our anniversary. During our ten day anniversary promotion in 2015, we served more than three million customers, a figure we are targeting to increase 15% this year,” said Miguel Povedano, Executive Regional Director for Carrefour UAE.

“In the last two decades we have witnessed a number of retail trends emerge, including increasing demand for smaller supermarket-style stores in recent years. We will continue to grow the hypermarket brand in the UAE with the addition of two more hypermarkets and address the growing trend for smaller convenient stores through the introduction of eight new supermarkets. We also look forward to extending our home delivery service, which we are currently testing in selected areas in Dubai,” he added.

Carrefour’s ten-day anniversary celebrations are currently running across all hypermarkets and supermarkets in the UAE. Promotions include Majid Al Futtaim’s leisure and entertainment attractions such as Ski Dubai, Magic Planet and VOX Cinemas, and City Centre Clinic vouchers for all food purchases over AED2. MyCLUB members will also receive great discounts daily on two different product categories in loyalty points as well as three amazing daily deals.