Over 5000 international companies from 120 countries will attend this year’s Gulfood Trade Show in Dubai, the U.A.E, during February 21-25. Among the 85,000-plus visitors from more than 170 countries expected, Gulfood 2016 will host international heads of state, ministers, government officials and national trade associations from five continents. Dan Orehov.
“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, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC.
Having this year celebrated its landmark 20th outing, Gulfood 2016 is poised to deliver ‘More Tastes, More Trends and More Trade’ as the specialist event readies to welcome tens of thousands of finished food suppliers, bulk commodity wholesalers and exporters, and the show’s largest-ever collection of hospitality equipment suppliers.
“As global food producers and traders establish new supply routes to reach customers and monetize 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,” added LohMirand.
Worldwide spending on global Halal food and lifestyle products could rise 10.8% a year until 2019 to create an international industry worth USD3.7 trillion, according to the latest Global Islamic Economy Report. The Halal food sector alone will grow to a valuation of USD2.537 trillion by 2019 – up from USD795 billion in 2014 – equating to 21.2% of global food expenditure. The top countries with Muslim consumer food consumption are Indonesia, with a market worth USD190 billion, Turkey, where the market is valued at USD168 billion, Pakistan at USD108 billion and Iran, where the market equates to USD97 billion based on 2013 data.
The global Halal food sector also underpins this year’s two-day Gulfood Conference program at the five-star Conrad Dubai hotel from February 22-23. The Gulfood Halal Forum – a dedicated summit on February 23rd – will examine the potential of and opportunities across the global Halal economy, the regulations and trade procedures behind exporting Halal products to the GCC, Halal food and Dubai’s economic ambitions, growing Halal demand and the ratification of new GCC standards and the global call for unified Halal practices. Halal World Food and the Gulfood Halal Forum are integral components of Gulfood 2016, the 21st edition of the world’s biggest annual food and hospitality trading platform.
“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 USUSD10 trillion by 2030,” said LohMirand.
The show-floor culinary demonstrations will peak at the annual Emirates Culinary Guild International Salon Culinaire – a showcase of the region’s best culinary talent and expertise. One of Gulfood’s undisputed draws for the regions’ top professional chefs, pastry chefs, cooks and bakers, this year’s Salon will see more than 1,300 professional chefs evaluated by a panel of 25 renowned experts, mandated by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) to judge culinary events across the globe. Every year, thousands of f&b products and services debut at Gulfood and the seventh Gulfood Awards will recognize best-in-class excellence of individuals and companies behind the region’s leadership and innovation in the food and drink industry. Judged by an international panel of independent industry experts, the Gulfood Awards cover six categories and 10 accolades.
Gulfood 2016 is a strictly trade-only event for business and trade visitors. The show is open 11am-7pm from February 21-24 and 11am-5pm on February 25. Visitors can pre-register at www.gulfood.com