UAE Frozen Food Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

UAE Frozen Foods Market is segmented by Product Type (Frozen Meat, Frozen Fruits and Vegetables, Frozen Ready Meals, Frozen Desserts, Frozen Snacks, Frozen Seafood, and Other Product Types); and by Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Specialty Stores, Online Channels, and Others).

Market Snapshot

UAE Frozen Foods Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 4.87 %

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Market Overview

The UAE frozen food market was valued at USD 790.74 million in 2020, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.87% during the forecast period (2021-2026). 

  • Due to its arid climate and nominal rainfall, the United Arab Emirates is inhospitable to most forms of agriculture, and thus, the country relies heavily on food imports. The growing need for convenience, supported by factors like busy lifestyles, changing consumer preferences, and the growing demand for ready-to-eat food products, is the major factor driving the growth of the market studied.
  • The country has witnessed a growing demand for seafood, owing to the high number of expatriates and foreign workers, which is a significant factor that is contributing to the growth of the demand for imported fishery products. Halal seafood products also hold huge potential in the market.
  • The frozen food market has been performing well, following the onset of COVID-19. The fact that frozen food products can retain the nutritional value for a long periodand, in turn, help bring down the number of times consumers have to visit a shop or outlet also works in favor of the market. Although the impact of COVID-19 on the cold chain supply has been significant, the evolving buying patterns of consumers, with more inclination toward health, have helped the frozen food market develop faster than expected.

Scope of the Report

The market studied is segmented by product type and distribution channel. Based on product type, the market is segmented into frozen meat, frozen fruits and vegetables, frozen ready meals, frozen desserts, frozen snacks, frozen seafood, and other product types. Frozen meat is further sub-segmented into frozen poultry​, frozen beef​, frozen mutton​, and other frozen meats​. Similarly, frozen desserts is sub-segmented into ice cream​ and other frozen desserts​. Frozen Seafood is also sub-categorized into frozen fish​, frozen shrimp​, and other frozen seafood​. Based on the distribution channel, the market studied is segmented into supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, specialty stores, online stores, and other distribution channels.

By Product Type
Frozen Meat
Frozen Poultry
Frozen Beef
Frozen Mutton
Other Frozen Meats
Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
Frozen Ready Meals
Frozen Desserts
Ice Cream
Other Frozen Desserts
Frozen Snacks
Frozen Seafood
Frozen Fish
Frozen Shrimp
Other Frozen Seafood
Other Product Types
By Distribution Channel
Convenience Stores
Specialty Stores
Online Stores

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand For Convenience Food Products

The consumers’ demand for a year-round supply of seasonal produce and ready-made meals remains the driving force behind innovation and sales in frozen food technologies. Frozen ready meals are alluring people with hectic lifestyles and consumers who do not want to invest much time in preparing full meals. Additionally, the increasing number of modern retail formats in the country and the availability of a greater variety of frozen ready-to-eat meals have attracted time-conscious consumers who are seeking convenient food products, thereby leading to a noticeable increase in the demand. Furthermore, the growing influence of western food habits among the consumers in the country has increased the demand for packaged food products. This is further supported by high urbanization, the presence of a high percentage of expatriates, tourism, as well as young consumers, driving the demand for ready-to-eat, canned, processed, preserved, and frozen foods.

UAE Frozen Foods Market Key Trends

Frozen Ready Meals is the Fastest Growing Segment

The frozen ready meals represent a convenient alternative to cooking and are thus, increasingly preferred by working-population, with the total labor force in the United Arab Emirates at 7.384 million in 2018 (as per the UAE Government) and also by the increasing expat population in the country. Owing to this factor, precooked and frozen meals, like meatballs, veg meals, and other frozen ready-to-eat products, which are halal certified, have been experiencing high demand from the consumers of the market studied, thus, increasing the overall market for frozen food in the country further. One of the companies, such as Ta’moosh, has been offering an extensive and high-quality range of frozen gourmet ready-to-eat Halal dishes that cater to the United Arab Emirates' diverse consumers and their busy lifestyle needs. Also, their products are exclusively available in the frozen foods section across the leading supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates.

UAE Frozen Foods Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The UAE frozen food market is highly fragmented, with several players engaged in selling frozen and shelf-stable food products via several distribution channels present across the country. Thus, in order to achieve a competitive advantage and sustain it for a longer period, market players are adopting strategies, such as expansions, product innovations, partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions. Some of the key players in the market are General Mills Inc., SIDCO FOODS TRADING COMPANY, IFFCO, and Al Kabeer Group. These players will be embarking on innovations and market expansions for increasing their range of products.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Frozen Meat

        1. Frozen Poultry

        2. Frozen Beef

        3. Frozen Mutton

        4. Other Frozen Meats

      2. 5.1.2 Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

      3. 5.1.3 Frozen Ready Meals

      4. 5.1.4 Frozen Desserts

        1. Ice Cream

        2. Other Frozen Desserts

      5. 5.1.5 Frozen Snacks

      6. 5.1.6 Frozen Seafood

        1. Frozen Fish

        2. Frozen Shrimp

        3. Other Frozen Seafood

      7. 5.1.7 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

      2. 5.2.2 Convenience Stores

      3. 5.2.3 Specialty Stores

      4. 5.2.4 Online Stores

      5. 5.2.5 Others


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 JBS SA

      2. 6.4.2 BRF SA

      3. 6.4.3 Sidco Foods Trading LLC

      4. 6.4.4 Al Islami Foods

      5. 6.4.5 Al Kabeer Group

      6. 6.4.6 General Mills Inc.

      7. 6.4.7 European Sea Food LLC

      8. 6.4.8 Pure Ice Cram Co. LLC

      9. 6.4.9 IFFCO

      10. 6.4.10 Unilever PLC

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The UAE Frozen Food Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The UAE Frozen Food Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.87% over the next 5 years.

SIDCO FOODS TRADING LLC, Al Kabeer Group, JBS SA​, BRF SA​, IFFCO​ are the major companies operating in UAE Frozen Food Market .

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