The second edition of Foodex Saudi was inaugurated yesterday by HH Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid bin Turki Al Saud, Deputy Chairman of the Meteorology and Environmental Protection Technical Affairs. Organised by Reed Sunaidi Exhibitions and taking place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from 17th – 20th November 2014, the event has attracted more than 400 brands from over 30 countries and is projected to receive over 15,000 visitors and buyers from Saudi Arabia and the GCC.
“We’d like to thank HH Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid bin Turki Al Saud and the Ministry of Agriculture for their continued patronage and support of Foodex Saudi—we believe that there is no better time than now for these initiatives. The Saudi food sector is expected to grow by 55.3% over the next few years, reaching $70 billion per annum. Being the largest consumer in the Gulf, the Kingdom’s food and agricultural commodities account for 15%, or $17.5 billion, of its imports, with agricultural imports projected to grow by as much as 76% by 2016. The exhibition provides a platform for local and international businesses to come together and further develop Saudi Arabia’s F&B industry,” said Simon Blazeby, Head of Exhibitions at Reed Sunaidi.
The exhibition’s first day was a notable success, with thousands of visitors in attendance, eager to network, establish new connections and discover new-to-region brands from international destinations—Austria, Greece, India, Thailand, Mexico and Malaysia, amongst others. Catering to every sector in the F&B industry, Foodex Saudi offered a wide range of exhibitor profiles and products, including confectionary and baked goods, organic and health foods, seafood, poultry, game and meat, frozen foods and ready to eat, and food technology and packaging.
A new addition to the agenda this year, and taking place on days 2 – 4 of the exhibition, the Saudi Chef Competition encourages local chefs to compete on a spectrum of culinary talents, with the winners being determined by an international panel of industry professionals.
Foodex Saudi is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry. For more information, please visit www.foodexsaudi.com.