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Supporting National Food Security priority Initiatives: Mumtalakat Establishes Bahrain Food Holding Company and Appoints Board

Date 24 Mar 24

Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (“Mumtalakat”), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announced today the launch of Bahrain Food Holding Company “BFHC” to accelerate growth and innovation that will bolster the Agri-food sector and support the Kingdom of Bahrain’s efforts in addressing challenges in achieving food security.

In addition, Mumtalakat announced the appointment of the following members to the Board of Directors of Bahrain Food Holding Company, bringing together a wealth of experience and expertise to strengthen the company’s capabilities and support further growth:

  • Mr. Basim Mohamed Al Saie Chairman
  • Mr. Sami Mohamed Zainal Member
  • Mr. Khaled Ali Al Amin Member
  • Eng. Yousif Khalifa Al Manea Member
  • Mr. Eyad Redha Faraj Member
  • Mr. Omar Ali Syed Member
  • Mr. Mohamed Sadiq Al Rahma Member

Bahrain Food Holding Company will include Mumtalakat's existing food sector assets. The consolidation of these companies under Bahrain Food Holding Company will facilitate collaboration and integration prospects, while also serving as a foundation for the development of Bahraini expertise in this specialised field. Furthermore, Bahrain Food Holding Company will prioritise investments in ventures and technologies that will enhance food production, processing, and distribution.

Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of Mumtalakat, welcomed the newly appointed board and said: “The establishment of Bahrain Food Holding Company aims to drive further growth and innovation across both the food and agribusiness sectors. This underlines our commitment to cultivating a positive impact and sustainability in the national food industry. It also underscores our dedication to addressing food security priorities for present and future generations in accordance with the Government’s national food security objectives."

“By identifying and investing in innovative solutions, Bahrain Food Holding Company also aims to promote sustainable food manufacturing and agricultural practices that help reduce our reliance on imports, provide nutritious food, and stimulate manufacturing and distribution in the agri-food sector of the Kingdom,” H.E. Shaikh Abdulla added.

Bahrain Food Holding Company aims to prioritise its investment efforts in sectors including agri-food technology, sustainable agriculture, and food services, in pursuit of opportunities and partnerships that correspond with its overarching objective and approach of optimising its current assets and enhancing its portfolio to achieve long term sustainable growth.