The Economist Intelligence Unit forecasts food imports by the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf forecast to reach US$ 53.1 billion by 2020.
Dubai is seen in a strategic position as a recognized manufacturing and logistics gateway between East and West and the primary re-export hub to emerging countries and economies across MEASA.
The second edition of Gulfood Manufacturing will be held from October 27 to 29, 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) for the food and beverage industries located in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia (MEASA) region.
In-line with global food manufacturing trends, show exhibitors and conference presenters will address issues such as food security, sustainability, speed and efficiency of production, and logistics and transport factors involved in time to market.
Having 35% more exhibitors than the 2014 inaugural edition, there will be more than 1,500 international food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers at the show.
In addition, there will be national pavilions from more than 26 countries including Germany, Austria, China, Egypt, France, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, India, Italy, the US and the UK.
DWTC expects visitorship to exceed 2014 figures of 26,329 visitors from 156 countries, with another 1,200 conference delegates at conferences and workshops pertaining to F&B innovation, next generation manufacturing and food logistics.
“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,” said Trixie LohMirmand, senior VP, Events & Exhibitions Department, DWTC.
“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.”
“Our hosted buyer program will bring more than 2,000 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.”
“When preparing for last year’s inaugural show, we rightly identified that the Middle East is viewed as a key growth territory for the global food processing, packaging and manufacturing sectors,” said Mark Napier, exhibition director.
“Having evaluated feedback from our global partners, exhibitors and visitors, we are pushing the envelope even further this year to provide international equipment, logistics and cold chain suppliers a tailored investment platform to gain an operational foothold in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”
This year, visitors can meet exhibitors such as 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.