Gulfood Manufacturing is set to reinforce the Dubai’s strategic objective to become a global hub for the food processing and supply chain industries.
Taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 31 October to 2 November, Gulfood Manufacturing is the region’s largest food manufacturing, processing and supply chain event.
Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, exhibitions & events management, DWTC, said: “Dubai’s geographical location, political stability and world-class infrastructure support the food processing sector and food export trade.
“The continued growth of Gulfood Manufacturing is further evidence of how the world’s leading food industry providers view the show as a must-attend and Dubai as a preferred destination to both house and grow their global business.”
In the GCC alone, population growth is forecasted to maintain a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.4% to reach 57.6 million by 2019, according to Alpen Capital.
As a result, regional food consumption will rise by a CAGR of 3.5% to hit 51.9 million tonnes annually.
Food trade currently accounts for 11% of the UAE’s GDP and Dubai has assumed a central role for manufacturing, processing packaging and re-exports.
The UAE is already the world’s biggest re-exporter of rice, accounting for 81% of global trade.
Government-backed initiatives such as Dubai Wholesale City and Dubai Food Park and private sector investment have further cemented the UAE’s increasingly influential role in the food supply chain industry, say the organisers of the show.
“Government and private sector investment in the industry complement Gulfood Manufacturing as all major stakeholders continue to work together in Dubai’s quest to become the primary hub in the global food production value chain,” added LohMirmand.
Gulfood Manufacturing will feature more than 1,600 local, regional and international food supply chain suppliers and service providers with thousands of buyers.
Exhibitors from more than 60 countries will be showcasing their latest innovations, including 30 national pavilions, with first-time participation from countries including Poland and across the CIS.
To ensure participating companies can connect with the right partners and investors, Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 will host the ‘Big Buyers’ Programme.
This will host more than 2,000 pre-qualified buyers from across the Middle East and Africa, with a pre-determined budget to spend with participating exhibitors.
The Gulfood Manufacturing Awards will recognise industry excellence in a glittering ceremony and gala dinner on the evening of 31 October, while the Innovation Tours will offer visitors a memorable journey showing real-life 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