Dubai's Al-Khaleej Sugar Co. to expand in Europe through $590mln Spain beet factory

The company plans to start construction of the plant in Merida next year, said Managing Director Jamal Al-Ghurair

  
Workers of the Al Khaleej Sugar Refinery are seen in Jebel Ali in Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2019.

Workers of the Al Khaleej Sugar Refinery are seen in Jebel Ali in Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2019.

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RIYADH: Dubai-based Al Khaleej Sugar Co., owner of the world’s largest sugar refinery has won approval to build a factory in Spain, extending its reach beyond the MENA region, Bloomberg reported.

The company plans to start construction of the plant in Merida next year, said Managing Director Jamal Al-Ghurair. The agreement between its Iberica Sugar Co. unit and Spanish authorities was signed on Friday, he said.

The new factory will require an investment of about €500 million ($590 million) and will produce as much as 900,000 metric tons of sugar a year, Al-Ghurair said. Operations are expected to begin in 2024, he said.

Al Khaleej, which profits from refining raw sugar and redistributing it in the MENA region, has faced rising competition from the EU and India in recent years.

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