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11 Food Brands You Thought Were Saudi But Actually Aren’t

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Even when things don’t seem to go well, economically speaking, the food industry has always been a shining light in the Kingdom. The country has developed many brands that continue to sell beyond its borders. Vice versa there have been many international brands that have entered the Kingdom, some have done it so well that most of us never knew that they were actually non-Saudi.


Here are some of those brands that you’ve been thinking were Saudi for much of your life but actually aren’t.

Vimto

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Photo Credit: luluwebstore.com

This popular Ramadan drink originated in the UK. It used to be a health tonic in its initial days.

Suntop

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Photo Credit: alsarayaherbals.com

The brand is owned by Denmark based Co-Ro Food. The same company also owns the Sunquick and Suncola brands as well.

Americana

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Photo Credit: americana-group.net

We all love it and many of us have (figuratively) grown up eating its delectable products. Well as it turns out Americana is headquartered in Kuwait.

Ulker

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Photo Credit: owners.hellospace.org

Being one of the earliest entrants in the Saudi market (it even has its own factories in the Kingdom by now), Ulker is originally from Turkey.

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Safari, Tofiluk, Moods, Yamama …. the list goes on, as the confectionary giant is home to so many products we love. The brand however originated in Lebanon.

Noor Oil

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Photo Credit: luluwebstore.com

The popular cooking oil brand is owned by UAE based IFFCO. The conglomerate also owns another popular cooking oil brand – Sunny.

Igloo

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Photo Credit: iffco.com

Love the ice cream? Nevertheless, this brand also originated in the UAE.

KDD

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Photo Credit: taw9eel.com

Well-known for its dairy products, the group is based in Kuwait.

RC Cola

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Photo Credit: drpeppersnapplegroup.com

It is in fact one of the oldest soft drinks in the cola segment on the planet and was founded in America by a pharmacist who had a tiff with a Coca-Cola salesman. The ‘RC’ in its name stands for Royal Crown.

Indomie

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Photo Credit: jualindomie.wordpress.com

No other instant noodles brand even comes close to Indomie in the Kingdom. But nopes it is not Saudi, the brand is owned by Indonesian food giant Indofood.

Moussy

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Photo Credit: destockplus.com

The non-alcoholic beer brand that’s a craze in the region originated in Switzerland. It was also the first non-alcoholic beer to enter the Middle Eastern market on full scale.

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