The secret behind Damaco Group's relationship with Gulfood and Dubai

Almost 60 years ago, grandfather and father Vandaele started Kipco, a chicken slaughterhouse in Oostrozebeke, Belgium. Under the leadership of the second generation, brother and sister Bruno and Iris, the slaughterhouse evolved into a producer of mechanically deboned chicken and turkey meat. The company then grew into the international Damaco Group, which offers a wide range of food products in Dubai and beyond.

Posted on Feb 18 ,10:30

The secret behind Damaco Group's relationship with Gulfood and Dubai

Damaco Group has been present at Gulfood for 15 years.

"Our relationship goes back to 2008, with Kipco Damaco's first participation in Gulfood. Our strong presence has enabled us to create and develop sustainable, long-term business relationships in the MENA countries," Bruno explains.

Damaco Group celebrates the 10th anniversary of its office in Dubai.

Iris adds, "This year, our office in Dubai, located in the Jumeirah Lake Towers business district, turns ten. This solid footing in the region allows us to stay in constant contact with the MENA and GCC markets, adapting and offering our Belgian quality food. The Dubai office has seen significant growth in the past four years, doubling its sales volumes and is projected to double its current volumes again in the next five years."

Notable visitors to stand B3-27 at Gulfood

During Gulfood 2023, Damaco Group will receive none other than Mr. Antoine Delcourt (Belgian ambassador to the UAE) and Mr. Joren Selleslaghs (deputy head of the Belgian embassy mission). Bruno clarifies "this visit illustrates the importance of our presence."


"We attach great importance to local anchoring"

Iris Vandaele


Kipco-Damaco wins the Export Lion 2022

Kipco-Damaco, the headquarters of Damaco Group in Belgium, wins the Export Lion Award in 2022. In addition to the figures, the jury praises the development of foreign offices. Kipco-Damaco is sustainably integrated into the local culture and economy. Iris says clearly, "all credit goes to the employees, as well as to Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) for their extra tips and valuable support."

Some figures? The Damaco Group achieves 213 million euros in revenue (about 85% of which comes from export), exports to more than 155 countries, and has 15 locations worldwide.

A tailored range of food products for the region

Kipco-Damaco is one of the world's largest producers of mechanically deboned chicken and turkey meat and baader. It also offers frozen products for retail and foodservice. "We supply Belgian fries (Bistro Belgique, Damaco, Pico brands), poultry products, vegetables (Damaco brand), and buffalo meat (Al Raed brand) specifically for the MENA and GCC markets," Bruno explains.


"Where others see threats, we see opportunities. We persevere and constantly innovate"

Bruno Vandaele


Local anchoring of a family business

The familial aspect goes far beyond Bruno and Iris. It is about relationships, but personal relationships with customers and colleagues worldwide are equally important. "We have super-enthusiastic employees in all our local offices. Thanks to them, we understand the local markets, allowing us to adapt quickly. All these elements strengthen our reputation and help us grow," Iris proudly concludes.

Gulfood 20-24.02.2023 | DWTC DUBAI Hall 3 Stand B3-27

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