Patchi breaks ground on chocolate factory in Dubai
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Chocolate maker Patchi has announced the ground-breaking for its new chocolate manufacturing facility at Dubai Industrial Park.
The 122,000 square foot facility will be the largest chocolate distribution centre in the region when complete and will also host Patchi’s headquarters to complement its ongoing growth in the region and across the world.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Saud Abu Al Al-Shawareb, chief operating officer of Dubai Industrial Park, Abdulla Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Wholesale City and Oussama Choucair, CEO, Patchi UAE.
“Patchi’s decision to build its new headquarters at Dubai Industrial Park is timely and will serve as its springboard for the Middle East market and beyond,” said Saud Abu Al Al-Shawareb, chief operating officer of Dubai Industrial Park. “The brand’s presence signals the status of Dubai Industrial Park as an ideal destination for manufacturers to establish and grow their businesses within an enabling and inspiring work environment. We are confident the new facility will allow Patchi to continue to register an exemplary growth trajectory and exceed consumer expectations.”
Al-Shawareb added: “We have a growing partner base of key players in the food sector and are committed to providing them with integrated offerings and a cost effective and efficient business ambience, while sustaining our leadership in the manufacturing industry.”
Oussama Choucair, CEO at Patchi, said: “We are so proud to have chosen Dubai and the UAE to build Patchi’s largest and most innovative factory in the world. The new manufacturing plant will be one of its kind with so many exclusive offerings aligned with the UAE Vision 2021, to be revealed at the opening that has been scheduled 18 months from now. On this occasion, I thank Hussein Koleilat, managing partner of Buildmark Contracting for implementing innovative design concepts to ensure the functionality of the project.”
Choucair added: “We have full confidence in the UAE economy and we believe there is potential for Patchi to achieve great things here, especially with the support given by Dubai Industrial Park and the all the governmental entities that shape an ideal environment and infrastructure for investors. We are very proud to have our products made in the UAE.”
The facility is due to be completed at the end of 2018 and will include fully functional production zones, a training center for chocolate professionals, service areas and management offices. The entire building will comply with LEED guidelines.
The new factory will enable the production of different varieties of chocolates to cater to a diverse market requirement. The facility will also house 3,000 square meters of warehouse space to facilitate fast and efficient deliveries of Patchi’s chocolate products.
Earlier this year Patchi received a Halal certification from the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). The accreditation makes the luxury chocolate brand the first chocolatier in the UAE to become halal certified, and the first halal certified manufacturer at Dubai Industrial Park.
Patchi currently has more than 600 employees across 32 branches in the UAE and over 150 outlets in 23 countries around the world.
The UAE’s high-potential chocolate market is becoming an attractive destination for leading domestic and international chocolatiers - both manufacturers and retailers. Witnessing significant increase in demand, the UAE chocolate market is poised to grow at 8% annually by 2021.