Union Coop and Silal Join Hands to Promote ‘Sustainability’
Prepared By: Benoi Nair
Both brands are collaborating to support and develop local agriculture products in retail stores, to develop private labels for local items and to work on sustainability projects like plastic crates
Union Coop, the leading consumer cooperative in Dubai, and Silal, have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on promoting sustainable practices in packaging fresh products and enhancing the supply chain for local agricultural produce.
The MoU was signed by Eng. Abdulla Mohammad Rafie Al Dallal, Board of Director, Union Coop and Mr. Humaid Al Rumaithi, the Chief Administration Officer at Silal. Also present were Mr Niels Groen, Chief Commercial Officer, Union Coop and Mr Sumit Gupta, Commercial Head from Silal.
This strategic partnership between Union Coop and Silal marks a significant milestone in their commitment to environmental responsibility, supporting local farmers, and providing consumers with high-quality fresh produce. The MoU outlines a framework for cooperation that will focus on several key areas of sustainability, supporting local farmers, community engagement and improvisation of agricultural practices.
The collaboration aims to reduce the environmental impact of packaging materials used for fresh products. Both Union Coop and Silal will work together to explore and implement innovative, eco-friendly packaging solutions that prioritize sustainability without compromising product quality or safety.
Union Coop is dedicated to supporting local farmers and enhancing the availability of fresh, locally sourced produce. Through this partnership, Silal will work closely with Union Coop to streamline and strengthen the supply chain, ensuring a consistent and diverse supply of high-quality agricultural products for consumers.
From Union Coop, Eng. Abdulla Mohammad Rafie Al Dallal, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating that the partnership with Silal aligns with the cooperative’s commitment to sustainability and supporting local communities. By working together, the entities look forward to making significant strides in promoting environmentally friendly practices while ensuring the availability of fresh and locally sourced produce for our customers.
Humaid Al Rumaithi, Silal’s Chief Administration Officer said “The agreement emphasizes our relentless pursuit to expand the access to local fresh produce in an efficient manner. Our partnership with Union Coop stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment, enabling us to consistently serve our communities by offering sustainable packaging solutions at all times.”
The signing ceremony took place at the Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (ADIFE), with representatives from both Union Coop and Silal in attendance. The MoU reflects the shared vision of both organizations to champion sustainability and support the growth of local agriculture.