Gulfood Manufacturing, the largest food and beverage processing and packaging show in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, will lift the lid on the reinvention of food production when it returns for its sixth edition from October 29-31 at Dubai World Trade Centre, as manufacturers race to improve efficiency and pricing while complying with increasing regulations.
Growing food safety and waste concerns, and a desire to get produce to the market faster and more affordably, are factors driving innovation and impacting equipment producers in a fiercely competitive F&B market. Gulfood Manufacturing 2019 will address these and other industry issues with the latest in processing technology on show across 81,000 square metres of exhibition space.
Tailored networking opportunities at the mega event will also shape the industry’s future, with sector-wide collaboration crucial to meeting challenges, according to Swiss flavours manufacturing powerhouse Givaudan. The firm is making its Gulfood Manufacturing debut this year, aiming to use the platform to seek out partners to “co-create and innovate”.
“Some of the challenges we’re seeing include changing consumer attitudes towards ingredients, origin, labelling, authenticity, sustainability, health and wellness. Consumer attitudes have significantly evolved in recent years – not only in mature markets – and we need to respond with speed, efficiency and new solutions,” says Antonoine Khalil, Givaudan’s commercial head – Africa & the Middle East.
Key food innovators on display
Another Gulfood Manufacturing debutant from Switzerland, Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and flavour company, will be showcasing its innovations for fat and salt reduction, MSG
replacers, taste enhancers and alternative ‘green’ protein solutions amid the trend for sugar reduction and going ‘natural’, which is driving technological innovation.
“In tackling today’s malnutrition crisis, our latest technology TastePRINT can reduce up to 100 percent of added sugar naturally while keeping an equal taste experience. This year alone, with our taste modulation technologies, we removed 215 metric tonnes of sugar from products that consumers love, taking 870 billion calories out of their diets,” says Thoger Larsen, VP Flavors IMA, Firmenich.
FoodTech Summit will address the future of food
Firmenich’s sugar reduction expertise will be leveraged at the second Gulfood Manufacturing FoodTech Summit when the company’s VP of Taste, Imad Farhat, will discuss the latest developments. The second edition of the Summit will bring together international F&B experts and industry leaders, key decision-makers, and innovators to discuss global market developments and the latest solutions helping the industry improve efficiency, productivity and quality.
“The second edition of this eagerly anticipated and crucial Summit will take the industry into the future with the introduction of next-gen technologies including blockchain, AI and robotics which are transforming F&B manufacturing facilities into smart factories,” explained Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, Exhibitions & Events, DWTC.
Sharing the FoodTech Summit platform will be Sudarsan Thattai, the CIO of Lineage, who will explore emerging cold chain technologies. Ignacio Ramirez Rico, managing director of Winnow MENA, will address waste reduction through a case study of the Emaar Hospitality Group – the first company to mobilise cutting-edge AI technology into its UAE kitchens.
The Summit is among a range of Gulfood Manufacturing features which have cemented the show as a forecasting, trend-tracking and sector education platform. Four features – a Big Buyers Programme, which hosts up to 2,000 pre-selected buyers, Innovation Tours, which provide deep insights into artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and robotics, Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards, designed to inspire, and a probing business talks conference – put the show at the forefront of F&B transformation.
Gulfood Manufacturing now has a well-established reputation as a multi-billion-dollar business transaction space with five dedicated sectors to improve the buyer and seller experience: Ingredients, Processing, Packaging, Automation & Controls, and Supply Chain Solutions – that will house more than 1,600 local, regional and international suppliers and industry service providers from 60 countries as well as tens of thousands of visitors.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2019 will run alongside co-located events including Private Label and Licensing Middle East Exhibition, the MENA region’s exclusive exhibition for food and non-food FMCG product mix expansion and brand placement, SEAFEX Middle East, the only professional seafood event for the Middle East, Africa and Asia and yummex ME, the no.1 platform for producers and manufacturers spanning the global sweets, confectionery and snacks industry.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2019 is open from 10am-6pm on October 29-30 and 10am-5pm on October 31. The show is open to food and beverage industry professionals and visitor attendance is free of charge. For more information, visit gulfoodmanufacturing.com.