Expo 2020 Dubai has partnered with Emirates Flight Catering to provide fresh produce from the world’s largest vertical farm for the showpiece occasion beginning in October 2020.
Currently under construction, the 130,000 square foot vertical farm will product 2,700 kilos of herbicide- and pesticide-free leafy green every day, using 99% less water than outdoor fields.
Vertical farming is already underway in Dubai, with Caterer Middle East last year visiting Badia Farms in the Al Quoz area who are currently supplying to F&B establishments in the city.
Gillian Hamburger, senior vice president – programming at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “With 50 million meals expected to be served during Expo 2020, both quality and sustainability are crucial to our aim of creating an exceptional – and delicious – World Expo, while also contributing to a more sustainable future for us all. Expo 2020 and Emirates Flight Catering share this strong commitment, and we look forward to exchanging knowledge and ideas.”
Emirates Flight Catering is set to launch a series of F&B locations across the Expo site’s three Thematic Districts. Its fine dining restaurants will feature rotating menus and a monthly star chef from its extensive network, while Grains and Greens will offer gourmet sandwiches, bowl creations, and sharing platters. Meanwhile, La Patisserie will provide sweet treats and coffee in an elegant atmosphere, and Deli2Go will serve simple and fresh bites that can be enjoyed on the move.
Saeed Mohammed, chief executive officer of Emirates Flight Catering, said: “At Emirates Flight Catering we are constantly looking at innovation and ways to improve our productivity, product, and service quality. We are committed to bringing our customers the freshest and highest quality food possible by adopting the latest technology into our operations. Our ‘farm to fork’ concept not only secures our own supply chain of locally-sourced, fresh vegetables, but it significantly reduces our environmental footprint as well. We are delighted to collaborate with Expo 2020 to provide millions of visitors with a truly memorable gastronomical experience.”
Expo 2020 will house over 200 food and beverage outlets from around the world, with 50 million meals expected to be served across the 173 days.