Gulfood Manufacturing shows 35% exhibitor growth
With 40% of GCC food processing plants in the UAE, regional governments are prioritising home-grown manufacturing to ocmbat 90% food import dependency.
As the global F&B industry seeks new markets for both sourcing and supplying, Gulfood Manufacturing 2015 returns for its second edition this year, and will address issues including food security, sustainability, speed and efficiency of production, and logistics and transport factors involved in time to market.
With year-on-year exhibitor growth of more than 35% on the inaugural edition last year, more than 1500 international food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers will participate at the show.
“Gulfood Manufacturing plays a multi-faceted role for the international industry. For the region, we offer direct access to international technical, product and service providers to continue the development of the fast-growing food manufacturing industry across MEASA.
"For the global market, we provide a platform for sourcing of products, such as Halal foods and services, and exceptional new business opportunities for suppliers across all verticals of the industry – from ingredients suppliers and production plant construction to cold chain logistics,” said Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice-president, events & exhibitions department, DWTC.
National pavilions include representation from more than 26 countries including Germany, Austria, China, Egypt, France, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, India, Italy, the USA and the UK.
Local, regional and global trade professionals visiting the show are expected to exceed the 26,329 visitors from 156 countries recorded last year, while another 1200 delegates will hear from an extensive line-up of international industry experts providing insights at an extended series of conferences - F&B Innovation, Next Generation Manufacturing and Food Logistics - workshops and niche exhibitions running concurrently with Gulfood Manufacturing.
LohMirmand added: “It is clear that Gulfood Manufacturing supports the supply-demand dynamics of the industry – and is already considered an essential channel for business. Our hosted buyer programme will bring more than 2000 key decision makers to Dubai, our exhibitor list has expanded by more than a third in one year, and participation from ministries, government authorities and industry associations underlines the event’s market-shaping stature."
Gulfood Manufacturing will welcome a broad spectrum of companies including Cargill Europe BVBA, CSM Deutschland GmbH and Döhler Middle East, IFFCO, Ishida Europe Ltd., Markel Bakery Group, Mecatherm, Rieckerman, Multivac, Tetra Pak, Wild and TNA Packing Solutions.
Food Logistics Middle East, one of three specialist sectors at Gulfood Manufacturing, has attracted international companies that will showcase new innovations in supply chain IT and technology, transportation, handling, equipment and services.
A critical element in the food supply value chain is packaging – from manufacturing through to transportation, storage, retailing and end-user consumption of processed and packaged foods – and the sector has a dedicated platform at Gulfood Manufacturing the banner of ProPack Middle East.
With many food industry innovations generated from core ingredients and raw materials that result in longer lasting and tastier food products, Ingredients Middle East - the third sector-specific focus at Gulfood Manufacturing - will showcase new products, technologies and ingredient innovations.
Gulfood Manufacturing is open between 10am-6pm from October 27-28, and 10am-5pm on October 29, 2015 at DWTC. Visitor attendance is free of charge. For more information, please visit www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com