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National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC)
الشركة الوطنية للتنمية الزراعية
Industry Food industry
Founded 1981
Headquarters Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Key people
Sulaiman Al Rajhi
Abdul Aziz M. Al Babtain (Managing Director)
Karim Manssour Dahbi
(CEO, NADEC Foods)

The National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) is one of the largest agricultural and food-processing share stock companies in the Middle East and North Africa. Established in 1981 by royal decree, it is a joint stock public company – 20% owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, with the rest publicly traded on the Saudi Stock Exchange. It is one of the very few and largest vertically integrated dairy businesses in the world.

It has a head office located in Riyadh and it owns six dairy farms with around 60,000 cows and two modern dairy plants with a total capacity of 1.5 million litres of milk daily.


The National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) was established by Royal Decree in 1981 in order to lessen Saudi Arabia's dependence on agricultural imports, since then it went through successive rapid development phases placing the now Nadec Group as one of the largest agri-food company in the Middle East/Africa region and the world. Nadec is a joint stock public company with 600 million Saudi Riyal equity capital. The Saudi Arabian government owns 20% of the company's shares while the rest is publicly traded. The NADEC Group is organized into two separate business units, NADEC Foods for consumer products ad NADEC Agriculture for Agricultural produce.


Today, NADEC Foods led by its Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Satamian, offers more than 200 product SKUs from fresh milk to laban, from yoghurt to cheese, and a wide range of fruit juices.

NADEC Foods is one of the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world where all key activities needed to run a dairy business are managed in-house, including the milk production coming from six farms that host around 60,000 cows, two processing plants that produce over 1.5 million liters of milk per day, production of a total volume of 350 million liters, 200 trucks for primary distribution to reach the 50 depots and distributors across the Middle East and North Africa region, 800 van sales trucks with a sales force of 2,000 people to reach 35,000 retail customers and 5,000 catering clients.

NADEC Agriculture

Agricultural production is one of the most important activities in the company and dovetails with the Kingdom’s aim of increasing food self-sufficiency and less reliance on imports. The agricultural part of the business provides a range of different products; from onions, potatoes and fruits to olives, wheat, corn and alfalfa, as well as other nutritional animal fodder which is used to feed the dairy cows on the farms.

Fruits include peaches, apricots and plums, whereas vegetables are potatoes, onions and tomatoes. Other crops such as wheat, clover, shami corn and Rhodes grass are grown on thousands of acres of land across four major projects in Haradh, Wadi Al-Dawasser, Hail and Al Jouf.

NADEC Agriculture uses the latest technology and farming practices to grow food and crops including using systems such as the DACOM system for the rationalisation of irrigation water. This system measures the rate of moisture and heat in the soil and uses intricate measurement techniques to control the amount of water released to the plants so it minimises water wastage.

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