Recall that Verbatim has multiple manufacturers which produce its media.
Some time ago, Verbatim teamed up with FTI to be an additional manufacturing partner. Depending on which media you get, you can still get genuine Verbatim disc models Made in Taiwan (CMC), China (CMC), or India (Moser Baer). (And, of course, made in Singapore by MKM itself for DL media).
So it hasn't moved. Verbatim just added another partner. And media made by FTI ("made in the UAE") is generally the best Verbatim media you can get that isn't made by MKM itself, far above what Moser Baer produces. (I don't think CMC produces MKM 00x DL media any longer). The DVD+R DL should be quite high quality & worth the cost.