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New era for Gulfood in Dubai

Celebrating over three decades of success, in 2017 Gulfood will host more than 5,000 local, regional and international companies from 120 countries displaying hundreds of thousands of finished food and beverage products.

Gulfood, the world-leading annual food and hospitality event in Dubai, is undergoing major changes in format and visitor experience in preparation for the next edition, being held February 26 to March 1 in 2017.

Gulfood 2017 will focus on finished food and beverages and feature dedicated halls organised around the areas of Beverages; Dairy; Fats & Oils; Health, Wellness & Free-From; Pulses, Grains & Cereals; Meat & Poultry; Power Brands; and World Food.

Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president of Exhibitions & Events Management for the event host, Dubai World Trade Centre, said the new layout comes amid growing global sales across these eight food commodities.

“Not only will Gulfood’s new sectorised format allow visitors to get straight to business assessing quality and benchmarking price in their respective segments, but it will also lead to deeper market insights and trend awareness through focused consultation with the right experts in one place,” LohMirmand said.

“The emirate is already the world’s biggest re-exporter of rice, coffee and tea, and Gulfood opens the door to international food industry professionals to learn more about the recent infrastructure and mega project developments – such as Dubai Wholesale City – that will further transform the emirate’s strategic potential as a re-export hub for the global food industry.”

Global buyers will discover more than 1,000 new-to-show food and beverage producers at the February event, which will feature 120 national pavilions including for first-time participants Malta, Finland and Slovakia. Exhibitor space has already sold out.

Gulfood 2017 will host more than 5,000 local, regional and international companies from 120 countries displaying hundreds of thousands of finished food and beverage products.

For more information: Gulfood 2017

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Constellation Marine Services – an expert in perishables inspections

Constellation Marine Services carries out fruit inspections for a large number of exporters, importers and cargo underwriters all over the world. Additionally, it can conduct inspections in all UAE ports and attend any location in the UAE and GCC regions.

Dubai-based Constellation Marine Services specialises in the inspection and survey of all kinds of fruits, vegetables and perishables.

It carries out fruit inspections for a large number of exporters, importers and cargo underwriters all over the world. Additionally, it can conduct inspections in all UAE ports and attend any location in the UAE and GCC regions.

An internationally focused survey company, Constellation Marine Services has offices in the UAE, Singapore and London.

Its reports are benchmarked to the standards laid down by the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IMS)

The main operations it carries out in the area of international trade in fruits and perishable business are:

  • Condition Surveys on reefer cargo of fruits and meat Pre Discharge Survey
  • Damage Surveys
  • Inspection of containerised cargo Insurance claims consultancy and recovery.

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Visit us at WOP Dubai

Visit Eurofresh Distribution at WOP Dubai today and tomorrow

WOP Dubai has returned and is running November 13-15 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The 8th edition of the annual International Perishables Expo Middle East (WOP Dubai) coincides with the 11th annual edition of the International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM Dubai).

This year, 7,000 attendees and decision makers are estimated to be visiting from 78 countries.

Eurofresh Distribution is a proud media sponsor. Come visit our stand and say hi!

 

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WOP Dubai returns November 13-15 at Dubai World Trade Centre

WOP and IPM Dubai have experienced tremendous growth and established themselves as the most important industry exhibitions in the Middle East.

The region’s two most important events in the plant and fresh produce industries are returning to Dubai this November 13-15 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Cooperating with Dubai Municipality, the 8th edition of the annual International Perishables Expo Middle East (WOP Dubai) promises to be a great success, with 235 exhibitors expected from 34 countries attending, representing growth of 15% compared to last year.

The exhibition will coincide with the 11th annual edition of the International Plants Expo Middle East (IPM Dubai).

This year, 7,000 attendees and decision makers are expected to visit from 78 countries.

An extra hall was added to accommodate the increased demand, bringing the total footprint to 9,720m2. This represents a 30% increase from last year and reflects the significance of the event in this booming industry and secures Dubai’s position in the global marketplace.

India and Greece have, for the first time, joined the long list of countries choosing to promote themselves at the event with a country pavilion. Other countries include Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Italy, Kenya, Portugal, Turkey and Spain.

The largest country pavilion for the third year running will be Morocco, while China will host the second biggest pavilion this year.

Despite its rapid growth and success, the event has maintained its reputation as a place to network with like-minded industry professionals, customers and traders

“We are very proud that WOP and IPM Dubai have experienced such tremendous growth and established themselves as the most important industry exhibitions in the Middle East. We have worked closely with Dubai Municipality Fruit & Vegetables Department for eight consecutive years, which has contributed greatly to our success. Dubai Municipality and WOP Dubai share a common goal and will continue to work together to make Dubai a worldwide trading centre for fruit and vegetables.” said planetfair project manager Tarek Sibai.     

For more information, visit www.wop-dubai.com.

 

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Falcon Global General Trading trials air imports from Spain

Falcon Global General Trading is one of the leading importing companies in the UAE. Strategically located in Dubai, it meets the needs of its wholesale customers such as supermarkets, grocery stores, cafeterias and others in Dubai.

Falcon Global General Trading is one of the leading importing companies in the UAE. Strategically located in Dubai, it meets the needs of its wholesale customers such as supermarkets, grocery stores, cafeterias and others in Dubai. In India, the company has begun to distribute to wholesale market. It has started with shipments of oranges and apples and plans to import other varieties by air in future. This way, it is able to supply its customers with these items year-round. Its import markets include the United States, South Africa, Europe, New Zeland and Egypt. “We currently want to import produce from Spain by air, so we are analysing and studying the opportunities. Spanish produce is unique. It’s more expensive, but the quality is what the final consumer demands,” said executive director Shafeek Rahman. The company already imports from Spain by sea, which takes 25 days to get the product to its destination. In addition, Rahman said that in the future it hopes to enter new countries and continents to explore the varieties in fruits and introduce it to both the Middle East and Indian market.

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WOP DUBAI 2015 set new records in exhibitor and visitor numbers

WOP DUBAI 2016 will take place November 13–15 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The 2015 edition of WOP DUBAI – the only dedicated exhibition for fresh fruits & vegetables trade in the Middle East – turned out to be the region’s most important annual platform for fresh industry members to meet and do business.

For the seventh consecutive year, the show WOP DUBAI was under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality.

The show, held October 5-7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, was inaugurated by H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director- General of the Dubai Municipality and organised in cooperation with Dubai Municipality.

The overall outcome of the show this year once again reflected the huge growth in the trade of perishables in the Middle East, organisers said in a press release. They said it proved the position of WOP DUBAI as the only trade fair for fresh produce in the region as well as strengthen the emirate of Dubai as an important destination and a worldwide trading centre for fruits and vegetables.

WOP DUBAI achieved strong growth in 2015: with 205 exhibitors from 30 different countries – an increase of 20% – and 25% more exhibition space rented out. In terms of visitors, 11% more people attended, taking total visitor numbers to 4,923. They came from 76 countries.

The exhibitor companies were very satisfied with the visitor response, and many registered as exhibitors for next year even before the trade fair ended. Some also signed up for much larger exhibitor spaces.

International interest in WOP DUBAI increased once again in 2015. There were official country pavilions representing 14 countries: Egypt, Australia, Belgium, China, France, Italy, Kenya, Moldova, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Mauritius and Spain.

This year the event will once again be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre – the most prestigious exhibition center in the Middle East – with a bigger space booked in order to provide exhibitors with more services and space options in halls 5, 6 & 7.

WOP DUBAI 2016

Date: 13 – 15 November

Location: Dubai World Trade Centre

Halls: 5, 6, 7.

More info: http://www.wop-dubai.com/

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Gulfood 2016 promises more tastes, trends and trade

Its 1st Russian pavilion and the 3rd Halal World Food, an upscaled visitor experience and three new indoor halls will be among the features of Gulfood 2016, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from Sunday February 21 to Thursday February 25.

Its 1st Russian pavilion and the 3rd Halal World Food, an upscaled visitor experience and three new indoor halls will be among the features of Gulfood 2016, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from Sunday February 21 to Thursday February 25.

Billed as the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show, Gulfood is expected to draw more than 5,000 international companies from 120 countries, cementing its standing as a leading global food trading platform. And among the 85,000-plus visitors from more than 170 countries expected, it will host international heads of state, ministers, government officials and national trade associations from five continents.

‘More Tastes, More Trends and More Trade’ are promised for the 2016 edition of this specialist event, which will welcome tens of thousands of finished food suppliers, bulk commodity wholesalers and exporters. Its first Russian national pavilion will be one of 114 national pavilions. Another highlight will be the prize ceremony for the 2016 Gulfood awards – designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global food industry – taking place at a gala dinner on the first day of the show.

“Gulfood is internationally renowned for providing a trusted and accessible platform for the world’s food industry to meet, transact and trade out of Dubai – one of the world’s most diverse, energetic and vibrant trading hubs,” said Trixie LohMirmand, DWTC’s senior vice president of exhibitions and events management.

“As global food producers and traders establish new supply routes to reach customers and monetise opportunities in emerging markets, the heightened visitor experience will enable industry heavyweights to make strategic purchasing decisions with trusted suppliers, all while consolidating the UAE’s key role as a major transshipment destination for food products and hospitality equipment,” she said.

Meanwhile, the 3rd Halal World Food, the world’s biggest annual Halal food sourcing trade event, will leverage Dubai’s mounting credentials as a global Islamic Economy capital and increase the emirate’s share of year-round trading in halal foods.

“This is now an essential prerequisite for any supplier looking to establish a foothold in the world’s fastest growing food industry sectors with the global Halal market expected to reach US$10 trillion by 2030,” LohMirmand said.

From specialty and fine food, to the widest range of organic food and drink, Gulfood is an opportunity to discover unique products from hundreds of specialist producers and over 110 international pavilions. Specialty areas covered are artisanal products, children’s products, ethnic food, fair trade, gift packs/hampers, gourmet & fine food, Halal products, health/wellness products, organic products, private label, ready meals and special diet products.

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Entries open for 2016 Gulfood awards

Gathering 5,000 food and beverage exhibitors from over 120 countries, the Gulfood show is billed as one of the world’s most important annual food and hospitality shows and an unrivalled chance to source and select from an incredible global product showcase.

Entries close on January 29 for the Gulfood Awards, which are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global food industry.
Now in their seventh successful year, the awards are being held as part of the Gulfood show, taking place at the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from Sunday February 21 to Thursday February 25, 2016.
The finalists and winners in the 2016 awards will be announced during a special gala dinner in Dubai on the first day of the show February, February 21.
The 22 award categories include:

  • Best new functional food or drink
  • Best new Halal food
  • Best new fast food product or innovation
  • Best new frozen or chilled food
  • Best artisan or local food
  • Best health education initiative
  • Best new foodservice innovation
  • Best environmental sustainability initiative
  • Best consumer marketing campaign
  • Best trade stand
  • Gulfood Outstanding achievement
  • Best foods company, and
  • Best newcomer brand or business

Gulfood show a global product showcase and trade platform

Gathering 5,000 food and beverage exhibitors from over 120 countries, the Gulfood show is billed as one of the world’s most important annual food and hospitality shows and an unrivalled chance to source and select from an incredible global product showcase. As one of the largest fairs in the Middle-East, it is very popular among importers and exporters of agro products and a crucial trade and business platform in a region with ever increasing demand – exhibitors and visitors from almost every country in the world meet at Gulfood to conduct cross-border business and establish international contacts in the trade arena.
Last year Gulfood attracted 84,642 total trade attendees, 64% of whom came from non-United Arab Emirates (UAE) countries, with a total of 156 countries covered, and 83% of visitors were looking to purchase within the next 6 months.
From specialty and fine food, to the widest range of organic food and drink, it is the opportunity to discover unique products from hundreds of specialist producers and over 110 international pavilions. Specialty areas covered are artisanal products, children’s products, ethnic food, fair trade, gift packs/hampers, gourmet & fine food, Halal products, health/wellness products, organic products, private label, ready meals and special diet products.

Safeguarding the UAE’s food security

The show venue, the Dubai World Trade Centre, is within the business hub of Dubai, the city which is itself a hospitality, trade and tourism hub for the Middle East. A majority of UAE imports are traded through Dubai, its biggest city.
And according to UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Al Mansouri, food imports into the UAE – which buys in 85% of its food – are poised to rise from $100 billion (Dh367 billion) in 2014 to $400 billion in the next decade. Due to the lack of arable lands in the UAE, the government plans to develop farmland in other countries to help to secure food supplies amid increasing demand and it is also urging diversification of the sources of imported food so as to hedge against any crisis.
The UAE has already invested in agro-food initiatives in Namibia, South Africa and in several Arab countries including, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Sudan and Egypt, Al Mansouri said.
Within the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – food consumption is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% between 2014-2019 to reach 51.9 million tons by 2019 and food retail in the GCC is forecast to be worth $155 billion by 2018.

Gulfood 2016

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Barakat Quality Plus adopts shift work to better serve hospitality sector

Part of Barakat Group, BQP produces cut vegetables and fruits, ice cream and fruit juice. It has 95 varieties of juices and 200 different ice creams flavours. It is also retailing soups and salads.

The newest development at UAE-based food and beverage company Barakat Quality Plus (BQP) is that the company has introduced shift work. This move reflects the company’s focus on hotels, which account for 75% of turnover received overnight, according to BQP managing director Michael Wunsch. Among the advantages of the change is that BQP’s fleet, which was previously only in operation for 8 hours, is now better used. Also, the long queues in receival areas and dense traffic in the city during day can be avoided at night, Wunsch said.

Growth in airlines business

BQP’s turnover is directly linked to the hospitality sector and 2015 has not been a year of growth. Summer tourism in the UAE declined about 20%, mainly because Ramadan is now in summer. Also the high value of the US dollar against the euro affected tourism from Europe.

However, BQP’s business with airlines is growing every year by about 5% and it has a new business with its own vending machines, starting with 25 machines, mainly in hospitals and government offices offering juices and salads. All the investment and operations are done by BQP itself.

Part of Barakat Group, BQP produces cut vegetables and fruits, ice cream and fruit juice. It has 95 varieties of juices and 200 different ice creams flavours. It is also retailing soups and salads.

BQP going public

Another key development is that BQP is going public. Forty percent of its capital will be listed in an IPO (initial public offering.) Also, it is investing in a new logistic centre serving both its factories, one objective of which is to facilitate its night deliveries.

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French potato delegation to showcase high quality products at WOP trade show 2015

The French Potato Delegation, FEDEPOM, will attend the WOP 2015-World of Perishables in presence of six diversified companies to showcase high quality of farm products to the local market. The French Federation of potato Packers and Traders will have a stand on the exhibition and will be located Stand E10 – Hall 3 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from the 5th to the 7th of October 2015.

The French Potato Delegation, FEDEPOM, will attend the WOP 2015-World of Perishables in presence of six diversified companies to showcase high quality of farm products to the local market. The French Federation of potato Packers and Traders will have a stand on the exhibition and will be located Stand E10 – Hall 3 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from this October 5-7.

FEDEPOM is the Federation of French potatoes traders, with over 70 members, representing over 80% of market players in France. This year, and for the first time, FEDEPOM will present six companies to introduce to the UAE and the Middle East market the French diversity of potato varieties such as: Agatha, Anabelle, Melody, Caesar, Mozart, Franceline, Charlotte, Bintje, Vitelotte, Ratte. UAE companies could avail of this opportunity to enter into new business partnerships.

France is one of the biggest producers of potatoes in the world, with a farmland of 120,000 ha, and a production between 5 and 6 millions of tons last year. The potato is also very important in the history of France. Indeed, the French pharmacist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, who recognised the nutritional values of the potato, promoted its human consumption and production in France. Dr Parmentier’s crowning glory was when his recipe “hachis Parmentier” was served to Louis XVI and the Queen of France – Marie-Antoinette – in 1785.

FEDEPOM will be located at the following stand: SE10 – Hall3 – WOP 2015- DWTC.