Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s biggest ingredients, processing, packaging, and logistics exhibition, will shine the spotlight on how automation is revolutionising the world’s food supply chain.
Returning for its fourth edition on 31 October – 2 November at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the show will span 80,000m2 of exhibition space across 13 halls, and automation will be one of five dedicated sectors at the show.
Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, exhibitions & events management, DWTC, said: “Gulfood Manufacturing offers a unique, tailored platform for international food producers and companies across the global food production value chain to connect and network with local and regional partners. The show is a conduit for industry stakeholders eager to accelerate their regional distribution and sales potential, and develop new routes in the food manufacturing sector.
“The continued growth in the show’s participation emphasises how the world’s leading equipment, ingredients, logistics and chain suppliers view Gulfood Manufacturing as the preferred platform to leverage an operational foothold in the regional market, specifically via Dubai. Despite global political and economic challenges, Dubai continues to offer a supremely stable base in which to do business, backed by a visionary leadership and a government that is committed to investment and diversification of the economy as part of its long-term future growth strategy.”
Industry leaders will demonstrate the latest automation innovations alongside the food and beverage solutions reshaping the global food manufacturing industry.
Other dedicated sectors include Ingredients, which will cover the latest in taste and flavour solutions – from amino acids to yeast nutrients; Processing – featuring everything from baking to water treatment; Packaging; and Supply Chain Solutions – covering a range of solutions, from cold storage to forklifts.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 will present food and beverage manufacturers with an opportunity to connect with more than 1,600 local, regional and international suppliers and industry service providers, while creating easier access for these exhibitors to meet new customers.
Exhibitors from more than 60 countries will be showcasing their latest innovations, including 30 national pavilions, with first-time participation from Poland and countries across the CIS.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 will see the biggest Italian participation in the show’s history, with 3,800m2 dedicated to companies spanning all sections of the country’s food manufacturing and equipment industry supply chain.
Andrea Caselli, managing director, Organizzazione Vittorio Caselli, representing the Italian participation said: “Italian participation at Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 is bigger than ever with more than 200 direct companies exhibiting in the different sectors of the show, including Ingredients, Processing and Packaging, covering all food & beverage manufacturing sectors.
“At this unique trade show, international trade visitors can discover the best Italian technology from some of Italy’s leading companies. Italy occupies an important position in the ranking of the main exporting countries and the Middle East is one of the key areas. All of the major Italian companies in the food technology industry will take part in Gulfood Manufacturing 2017, such as Ima Industries, Sacmi, Coesia, Enrico Giotti, Selmi, Pavan and much more.”
Every major manufacturing nation will be present at Gulfood Manufacturing including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, USA and the UK, with China rolling out its biggest participation yet.
A range of industry heavyweights have already confirmed their participation, including Tetra Pak, IFFCO, Cargill, Döhler, Multivac, Aasted, Kerry Foods, REDA, Ishida, Mecatherm, ABB, Coesia, Johnson Controls, Sensient, Symrise and more.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 will also host the ‘Big Buyers’ Programme to ensure companies can connect with the right partners and investors. More than 2,000 pre-qualified buyers from across the region with a pre-determined budget are set to participate.
Also new for this year is the Gulfood Manufacturing Awards, which will recognise industry excellence on the evening of 31 October, while the Innovation Tours will offer visitors a showcase of innovations within some of the region’s food factories.
A conference will also be held on the sidelines of the exhibition featuring in-depth analysis, debate and discussion on topics including digitisation in the industry, smart manufacturing, big data and analytics.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 will open from 10 am – 6 pm on 31 October and 1 November, and 10 am – 5 pm on 2 November 2017.
The show is only open to F&B trade professionals and visitor attendance is free of charge. For more information, please visit gulfoodmanufacturing.com