Business France, the national agency supporting the French economy, is showcasing around 70 companies at Gulfood 2017.
Business France director in the Middle East, Marc Cagnard, said: “France is recognised for its technical expertise and high quality products, especially in the food sector, and the Middle East is an important market for us, with the booming hospitality and retail sectors.
“With the UAE as a regional hub and a key economic partner for us, this is a step towards boosting our trade and economic relations. It is also interesting to note that the Middle East is one of the largest importers of French dairy products.”
For its debut at Gulfood, France is being represented under the label Made In France Made With Love which conveys French food industry‘s values.
Exhibitors are grouped into four key pavilions at Dubai World Trade Centre. The first sector, food specialties, is gathering 32 companies in the biggest French pavilion at the show.
The dairy sector has 16 French companies, while the beverages sector has eight select companies revealing their fresh and frozen products. Lastly, the meat and poultry sector gathers six specialists.
Cagnard added: “France has long been renowned far and wide for its fine cuisine. In 2010, UNESCO recognised France’s unique savoir-faire by declaring French cuisine to be ‘world intangible heritage’.
“In 2015, the award for ‘World’s Best Female Chef’ was presented to French chef Helene Darroze.”
France is the sixth largest exporter of food and beverages in the world, with exports valued at $67 billion in 2015.
In 2015, the UAE imported $455 million of food and beverage products from France.