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Gulfood Dubai promises a truly global and inspirational celebration of food

Gulfood Dubai promises a truly global and inspirational celebration of food © Gulfood Dubai
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Gulfood 2021 returns alongside GulfHost (Middle East & North Africa’s leading hospitality event) from 21-25 February 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event will be an opportunity to explore new markets and view one of the widest ranges of global F&B products, thanks to its more than 5,000 suppliers from 198 countries. “Gulfood is a perfect platform to showcase, promote and introduce new products/offerings to our audiences. Additionally, it’s a show where we are able to explore new trends and absorb new developments across different industry sectors,” said Olga Cassidy, trade marketing manager at Monin.

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Gulfood holds webinar event to discuss future of sector

Gulfood holds webinar event to discuss future of sector

With international expositions and conferences currently suspended due to the pandemic, Gulfood is offering a virtual webinar to keep industry professionals informed. On Wednesday April 29th at 15.00 UAE time, there will be a free to join 1 hour webinar focusing on whether our supply chains can cope with the current quarantine conditions.

During the 2007/8 crisis The World Bank blamed export restrictions for price increases of between 30% for rice and 45% for wheat. Is this a sign of things to come? We are already witnessing countries restricting major export commodities, significant logistics challenges and big increases in freight and shipping costs.

► Duration: 45 minutes speaker debate + 15 minutes Q&A

A focused webinar agenda will highlight:

  • How are retailers responding to the crisis and exponential increase in demand? 

  • How will the increasing export bans affect food on shelves?

  • Social distancing in production lines: What impact it has on productivity and output?

  • How can local production support the food manufacturing industry

  • What innovations and changes are required today are here to stay beyond the disruption?

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GULFOOD, 25th anniversary of the world largest food business event

GULFOOD, 25th anniversary of the world largest food business event

The world largest food trade show took again place last February 16th to 20th celebrating its 25th anniversary. It received more than 98,695 trade visitors from 182 countries, as well as a digital reach of more than 57 million links. More than 5,000 exhibitors represented 1 million square feet, 60% of them being International companies (40% from the UAE). 35% of the trade visitors were importers and wholesales, 15% agents, 33% food service & hospitality establishments, 12% retail buyers from supermarkets, 3% from government and public institutions. “Innovation, quality, ambience & vibrancy differentiates Gulfood from other food exhibitions around the world” said Rakesh Ja, general manager of Al Maya group, among the leading food distributors in the UAE. International cuisine was showcased at the “Tastes of the World” cooking event, with the participation of 50 renowned chefs from 30 nationalities, inclusive 4 Michelin star chefs. “Gulfood Connexions” B2B agendas facilitated 6,700 individual trade meetings, generating an average of US$2 Million average deal value per participating company. “The Gulfood Connections team was awesome, the coordination was perfect, excellent meetings for me” said Flora Hu, head of business development at Tesco. Among the other events featured are “Celebrating Excellence” innovation awards with 6000 attendees and 48 finalists, “Ibrik Championship” involving 30 of the region’s leading baristas, “CXO Club” forum attended by +60 hand picked industry leaders.

 

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Gulfood to mark 25th milestone

Gulfood to mark 25th milestone

 

The world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, Gulfood takes place 16-20 February 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The 25th edition of the event will span over a million square feet, boasting over 5,000 exhibitors and 120 country pavilions, and welcoming over 100,000 attendees from 200 countries. A strategic event for companies looking to strengthen their Middle East footprint and leverage Dubai as a key re-export hub to the emerging markets of Africa and Asia, Gulfood is the place to connect with competitive suppliers of cutting edge product innovations as well as international household name brands. Visitors can discover and source the latest and best products across eight key sectors: beverages; dairy; fats & oils; health, wellness & free-from; meat & poultry; power brands; pulses, grains & cereals; and world food. Among many other features are the dedicated Halal World Food component, a startup programme promoting innovation in the F&B industry and Discover Zone, an interactive gallery for experiencing products recently-launched by Gulfood exhibitors and discovering the trends likely to shape future demand.

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Record number of UAE operators ready for Gulfood 2017

The 22nd edition of this major food and hospitality show will take place February 26 to March 2 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

A record number of local food and beverage businesses are preparing to capitalise on the growing appetite for quirky and inspired global produce by launching their product lines at Gulfood 2017.

The 22nd edition of this major food and hospitality show will take place February 26 to March 2 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

About 400 Emirates based F&B companies will be in attendance, the highest number ever from within the UAE, organisers said in a press release.

They said many will introduce novel ranges of new world fare that aligns with the buying requirements of international visitors seeking the latest trending food concepts.

“The UAE’s food and beverage market is continuing its evolution as an international food and beverage capital thanks to forward-thinking operators looking to maximise their stake in a market expected to be worth a whopping AED82 billion by 2020, according to Euromonitor International.”

Market researchers have variously referred to the UAE’s “limitless investment appetite” thanks to its highly diverse, growing and relatively young population which is open to new taste experiences.

 Turkish delight

In line with this, Gulfood exhibitors will be presenting adventurous yet established product lines that have already proved popular in other parts of the world, the organisers said.  

Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, Exhibitions & Events Management, at DWTC said recent research shows the UAE remains resilient and there are strong fundamentals for long-term optimism in the F&B sector.

“Innovation is coming into its own and the Gulfood exhibitor profile is awash with new and exciting concepts which are gradually transforming the end-user experience. This all holds out enormous opportunity for operators and suppliers who are looking to leverage the concepts and products within their own businesses and geographic footprints,” she said.

Gulfood 2017 will span more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space allocated to 5,000 international exhibitors, including more than 1,000 new-to-show food and beverage producers bringing something innovative to the table.

Segmented into eight of the largest commodity trading markets in separate halls, the event welcomes first-time participants Malta, Finland, Slovakia, Somalia and Azerbaijan amongst more than 120 represented countries.

It is a trade event open strictly to business and trade visitors. The show is open 11am-7pm from February 26 to March 1 and 11am-5pm on March 2.

For more information: www.gulfood.com

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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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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