Our Processing Facility

Our processing facility, which is located adjacent to our farms, sets a new standard of quality in the industry with ISO 22000, HACCP and SASO certifications.

A combination of manual and mechanised sorting and processing methods balances efficiency with a commitment to ensure that only the best quality dates make the journey from our facility to our showrooms and retail environments around the country.

Harvesting & Storing

Stringent harvesting, fumigation and storage standards ensure that our dates reach our factory in optimal condition before various conversion and packaging processes commence.

Fumigation

Prior to entering the facility, all dates are subjected to thorough fumigation inside a sealed vacuum chamber. This is done to ensure that the dates are clean and infestation free before processing commences.

Sorting & Packing

Our plant boasts state-of-the-art machinery that sorts our dates according to size and quality. These are then packed according to grade and weight by recently acquired automated German machines, which are some of the most technologically advanced worldwide.

Value-Added Dates

Our female managed production hall conducts manual sorting, slitting and de-pitting, manufacturing and packing of value added date products.

Logistics

Al Mohamadia owns a fleet of reefer trucks, meaning that we are able to fully control the journey of our dates from our door step to yours, guaranteeing that they arrive in pristine condition every time.

Quality & Systems

The factory has a fully equipped and functional quality laboratory, which ensures that all dates are processed and packed according to our high standards and maintain the requirements set out by ISO 22000, HACCP and SASO.

Confectionery

It is common for baked snacks to contain dates or date paste as a sweet but healthy filling. Al Mohamadia offers biscuits filled with dates paste called Mamoul, a regional favourite. Various flavours are available including original, cinnamon and cappuccino. These can also be coated in a variety of chocolates.

Date Paste

Al Mohamadia date paste is made entirely from the finest selection of premium dates without any additives, preservatives or genetically modified materials. As an ingredient for other food products it is an increasingly popular sweetener and a healthy alternative to refined sugar. It is an incredibly versatile ingredient in the production of baked goods and confectionery.

Custom Products

Fully committed to innovation, we would be delighted to customize either one of our products or an entirely new one for you.

Our team of experts are able to combine a wealth of farming, processing and logistics experience to create exciting new products to your exact specification.

An Introduction to the Super Fruit

The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is one of the world's oldest fruit trees and is believed to have originated in the Gulf region. It has been an integral part of life and a staple food for the people of the Middle East for thousands of years. It retains great traditional and cultural value and is frequently referred to in the Holy Quran.

Saudi Arabia is home to the finest dates on earth. With an estimated 25 million palm trees, approximately 400 date varieties and over 1 million tons being produced annually, the country is the world's second largest date producer of dates and its largest consumer market per capita.

Cultivars

Three main date cultivar groups of date exist: Soft, Semi-Dry and Dry. Dates ripen in four stages, which are known throughout the world by their Arabic names kimri (unripe), khalal (fresh and crunchy), rutab (ripe and soft), tamr (ripe and sun-dried). Dates are supplied in a multitude of forms ranging from fresh and unaltered fruit through to processed paste and confectionery products. The versatility of the fruit plays a large role in its global popularity.

Nutritional Value of Dates

Dates are renowned as having amazing nutritional properties. They are an excellent source of carbohydrates and contain a large amount and variety of many important minerals and vitamins. The below table provides an example of the average nutritional composition of the fleshy fruit.

Date fruit Nutritional Composition (per 100 g Edible Portion) according to Morton (1987)

Health Benefits

The easily digested nutrients found in dates offer an impressive array of health benefits along with their fantastic taste:

  • They consist predominantly of simple sugars such as fructose and dextrose, and are able to replenish the body's energy supply instantly. For this reason, they are used to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Dates are rich in dietary fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption and reduces exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
  • They contain flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic properties.
  • Dates are an excellent source of iron (containing 0.9mg / 100g – 11% of the RDA), required for blood health
  • Dates are rich in potassium (696mg / 100g – 16% of RDA), which is essential for fluid regulation in the body and offers protection against heart disease;
  • They are moderate sources of vitamin-A, Beta carotene, lutein and Zea-xanthin promoting good vision and healthy mucus membranes and offering protection from cancer-causing free radicals - particularly those causing colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung and pancreatic cancer.
  • Other minerals and vitamins - such as calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium are also biologically available through the consumption of dates and these are important for healthy bones, properly functioning nervous and muscular systems and blood clotting.
  • B-complex vitamins, vitamin K, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 aid the body in metabolism and the digestion of all major macronutrients.
  • In most varieties, the sugar content comprises almost entirely of inverted sugar forms (glucose and fructose), which can be extremely valuable to individuals with sucrose intolerance and diabetes.