With a mission to improve the environment through sustainable development the PDSI Group headquartered in Dubai is one of the leading companies with over $35 Billion in projects. One of their business verticals is dedicated to F&B re-export, for which they are looking to source high quality organic products from around the world.
We caught-up with Peter Dalkeith Scott – the CEO who has been one among the TOP 50 Smart City Global Leaders by the World Sustainability Council last year.
What natural/organic products do you import into the Middle East?
We are currently importing the highest quality of organic Iranian saffron for re-export purposes. We have import and export operations and licenses in over 23 countries around the world and are looking to expand our line of products.
Can you tell me about the demand for organic products in the region? What is the latest trend that you see in organic products?
The general demand we see is for healthy and high quality products. People tend to do organic as these products are cleaner, far healthier for the system and of a much higher quality overall.
Where do you import your products from, and how much of a role does certification play in your decision? What are your main challenges in sourcing?
We mainly source right now from Iran. Certification is an incredibly vital component in the entire process. One of the main challenges we face right now is that it is difficult to source from Iran. We are looking at other avenues and wish to explore more opportunities in the market.
From where and/or what products would you like to source more?
We are looking at sourcing rice from Asia and other organic products from Africa. We feel that there is a big scope and potential for re-exporting these products all over the world.
How do you use Middle East Organic Expo as a sourcing platform?
The expo was a great networking and sourcing opportunity, would certainly recommend it.
Interviewed by Menaka Ramakrishnan, Buyer Manager