Our History

Foodco was established in Abu Dhabi in 1979 as a public shareholding entity under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE. Foodco originally operated as a food wholesaler and distributor under the name of Abu Dhabi National Foodstuff Company. Our initial mission was to source high quality foodstuff, making it available to a wide market at competitive prices.

Driven by population growth and a buoyant economy, the demand for food in the UAE, the GCC and the Middle East continued to increase, and in tandem, the consumer’s taste in food was constantly being influenced by an evolving cosmopolitan lifestyle. As a result, the Middle East saw investments in the food import and export sector worth billions of dollars.

As business flourished, Foodco built an enviable reputation, maturing into a major importer and exporter of quality foodstuff throughout the Arabian Gulf. Leveraging on our success, the company went on to diversify into complementary areas of business, including packaging and retailing. After years of development and growth, Foodco underwent major restructuring in 2003, which saw the complementary activities transforming into stand-alone companies. .

Consequently, Foodco LLC was able to return to its original focus, and is well represented in specialised regional trade shows. Our company boasts a wide portfolio of products, from canned food, cereals and condiments, to spices, oils and an array of Middle Eastern foods. Foodco’s own brands include Mubarak Basmati rice, H.K. Biryani and Diamond Biryani rice, Quick Tea, MasterFood French fries, Wrap ‘N’ Roll aluminium foil and F tissues. Recent additions include Al Safwa evaporated milk, Shehrazade premium quality rice, La Jawab white rice, H.K. India steamed Biryani rice, Golden Gate Thai Jasmine rice, the Virginia range of products and other staple foods.

Complementing our own brands, Foodco also distributes reputed international brands and products such as Pasta Zara, Taj Mahal saffron, Orlando vine leaves, Erawan vermicelli, Languiru frozen chicken, Golden frozen chicken, chicken pieces and shawarma, Australian lamb, Solvita olive oil, Comaro olives, Texas American parboiled rice, the Arbour Treat premium range of teas, Country Cuisine French fries in addition to the Nowaco, Tomex and Mondelle brands of frozen vegetables.

Further details about our brands can be found within the product section of the website. With strategic locations in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai, the company is able to efficiently access both domestic and export markets. Backed by more than 200 members of staff, Foodco LLC has implemented one of the leading Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) applications, and currently operates out of a 13,000 square meter complex in Abu Dhabi, with plans to relocate to new purpose-built premises in Mafraq in 2013.

Foodco LLC prides itself on its commitment to quality and the adoption of best practices. Led by an efficient management team, our company actively pursued full certification under the internationally-recognized ISO 9000 program. We achieved the new international standards ISO9001:2000 in June 2005. Currently holding ISO 9001:2008 certification, Foodco LLC continues to evolve and raise our standards to new heights.