2022 is a special year for Qatar due to the country hosting the FIFA World Cup which has boosted the demand for staple foods due to the increased number of tourists. Aside from this, the industry is also recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and trade embargos seen in 2017.
In 2022, staple foods is being driven by population expansion and the government working hard to enhance the country’s economic structure. Likewise, the end of COVID-19 is also having a positive impact on demand due to the return of tourists.
Most local consumers eat three meals each day, but snacking is also widespread. Consumer spending on snacking was negatively affected by rising economic uncertainty towards the end of the review period but remains strong, reflecting Qatar’s affluent and busy consumer base and ongoing population growth.
Thanks to the combination of large reserves of hydrocarbons and a small population, Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita.
It is very easy to distribute packaged food in Qatar. The country’s transportation and retailing infrastructure is well developed and the country is compact, with no significant issues hindering distribution.
Due to the FIFA World Cup, the Qatari government has changed its tourist visa policies, which are in general now much more relaxed. This will therefore lead to increased tourism over the forecast period, which will provide some boost for staple foods in the years to come.
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