Event preview: GulfHost 2018

by Mahak Mannan | Published 7 months ago

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Everything you need to know about the hospitality equipment sourcing expo.

exhibition3Following a triumphant launch in 2017, GulfHost is back for business from 30 October – 1 November 2018. Reflecting regional demand, the second edition of the Gulfood Hospitality and Food service Expo is doubling its sector coverage including dedicated zones for gelato and bakery and café and bar along with HoReCa.

More than 2500 brands are revving up to showcase 8000 products across six core sectors at the exhibition, drawing 25000 buyers in the international hospitality trade business.

GulfHost is the new home of hospitality for the Middle East, Africa and Asia where suppliers of a wide range of kitchen solutions and dining apparel can connect with the biggest names in the  hospitality industry. Building on the success of its headline sectors covering front of house, back of house and tableware, this year, GulfHost will also unlock major new business zones to meet the increasing demands from regional buyers.

As the region’s premier opportunity for the hospitality industry to meet, do business and build relationships, GulfHost is once again running alongside a trio of finished food product trade shows known as the Speciality Food Festival, yummex Middle East and SEAFEX Middle East. The additional events will give visitors the chance to discover what is trending on world-wide menus and supermarket shelves in the form of gourmet and artisan food, confectionery and snacks and seafood products.

One major attraction for visitors is the GulfHost Restaurant Development Conference. Powered by the International Centre for Culinary Arts in Dubai (ICCA) and the Middle East Food Forum (MEFF) the conference is an open-door, transformative learning platform hosted by leaders in food and beverage industry. Over a span of three days, more than 60 high profile speakers will take to the floor to share their proven methods for navigating the latest shifts in local and regional food service.

Another major draw is the ICCA World Chefs Education Theatre hosted in partnership with World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and the Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG). This onsite workspace will provide certified training to executive chefs seeking culinary development. Utilising custom built, cutting-edge kitchen technology on the theatre floor, participants are guided through a series of workshops covering food preparation, techniques and trends, ingredient cost management, food waste reduction and productivity output.

For the full list of features, showcases and industry trends visit www.gulfhost.ae



New dedicated zones at GulfHost 2018:

  • Café & Bar
    As affluent consumers increasingly view coffee as an artisan, specialist and quality experience, the Middle East coffee industry is expected to reach a value of $4.4 billion by 2021. Moreover, the millennial drive out of home coffee growth means coffee shop sales are expected to hike by 8.9% in the UAE.
  • Gelato & Bakery
    The artisan, premium batch and low fat appeal of Italian gelato has driven annual global growth of 4% between 2015 and 2018. The UAE gelato and ice-cream sector is forecast to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.7% from 2016 to 2021.In Saudi Arabia the gelato and ice-cream sector is forecast to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% from 2016 to 21 while the rapid growth of the food service industry is expected to fuel demand for ready-to-eat snacks, especially bakery products.
  • HoReCa
    According to the real estate market advisory firm Colliers International, Saudi Arabia is expected to be a hotel and tourism hot spot in the GCC with many potential new opportunities opening up within the sector and across the value chain. Spurred by the country’s latest diversification plans, new visa programs and large scale projects, Saudi Arabia’s five year forecasted CAGR currently sits at a significant 13.5% ahead of Oman at 11.8% and the UAE at 10.1%. Key HoReCa trends for the GCC region include staff being empowered to multitask with the use of new technology, location based services enabling a new level of interaction with guests and behavioural data analysis driving bespoke and effective loyalty programs.




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