Food Zone

Growing Revenue in Food 

The Food Cluster at SOHAR includes a major flourmill, a world-class sugar refinery, a grain silo complex and an upcoming soya bean crushing facility. The cluster is capable of being able to load and unload 600 tonnes of grain per hour and is located in close proximity to large food markets, so as to easily facilitate the re-export of agro bulk in the region.

SOHAR Food Zone is unique to the region with its own dedicated agro-terminal in the Port. It offers an ideal, close-to-market base to import, process, package and distribute fresh food products to the region and beyond.

SOHAR Port and Freezone is at the centre of a consumer market of 2.2 billion people, a large proportion of whom are located in areas that are heavily dependent on food imports and are reporting excellent growth rates in the consumption of perishables and packaged food products.

Per capita food consumption in the region (GCC, Gulf Region, Iran and India) will expand in the years ahead due to rising income levels and increased population growth. Food imports are projected to grow to over US$53 billion by 2020, or 8 per cent of all imports in value terms for some food products.

A dedicated agro berth and terminal at SOHAR boasts additional inspection and control facilities. These include grain and sugar processing as well as ample space allocated to develop downstream food processing and packaging industries. Owing to abundant supplies of energy and raw materials for packaging (steel, plastics, aluminium), the Food Zone is an ideal base for international food companies looking for a Middle East hub.

SOHAR Freezone is also ideally setup for cold storage and warehouse facilities, suitable for direct distribution or food processing. Distributors of wheat and other grains, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products and flowers, will find that Oman makes an excellent `transit-home`.