July 12, 2014

GulFood Manufacturing Show: Addressing Region's Food Issues

Region’s biggest-ever trade show launch to highlight food logistics, processing, packaging and ingredients sectors

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Gulfood Manufacturing
Conceived to capitalise on unprecedented market demand for the region’s manufacturing, processing, packaging and ingredients sectors, Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 – being held 9-11 November at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) – has officially sold out.

Amid steady domestic and regional growth in the food manufacturing and processing industry, the sector-specific spin-off of Gulfood – the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade platform – will debut as the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia’s (MEASA) biggest-ever trade show launch. With a host of global food manufacturers, suppliers and service providers requesting exhibition space, organiser DWTC is adding new halls to cater for intense international demand


At present, more than 1,000 international suppliers have committed to the specialist show, which is expected to gather more than 10,000 regional and global trade visitors, as well another 1,500 delegates who will share the latest industry insights, market trends and state-of-the-art technology and product innovations in a cache of niche shows, conferences and technical workshops.

“The Middle East is rightly viewed as a key growth territory for the global food processing, packaging and manufacturing sectors,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice-President, Events & Exhibitions Department, DWTC. “Gulfood Manufacturing will give 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.”

“Internationally, the sector is seeing multi-billion dollar investments and Gulfood Manufacturing will help facilitate and accelerate regional development. The fact the show is sold out five months ahead of its launch speaks volumes about how international suppliers, producers and manufacturers in various segmented industry sectors view the burgeoning regional market. We have listened to our customers and have committed to extending the debut show’s capacity.”

Similarly to its Gulfood namesake, the new show will feature a world-class line-up of international brands including IFFCO, Cargill Europe BVBA, Markel Bakery Group, Multivac, TNA Packing Solutions, Ishida Europe Ltd., Döhler Middle East and CSM Deutschland GmbH. The industry heavyweights will participate in themed sectors or within more than 24 national pavilions including Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Thailand, India, Italy, Austria, France, the USA, the UK and Germany – also the show’s Official Country Partner.

Other events, which are designed to leverage local investment in procuring food processing and packaging machinery which surpassed AED1 billion in 2012, will cover essential ingredients and raw materials such as meat, fish processing, dairy, beverage, bakery, sweets and snacks, as well as the entire value chain of packaging distributors and suppliers.

In addition to the core exhibitions, Gulfood Manufacturing will host a Food Safety Conference highlighting issues related to regional food safety. A host of internationally-acclaimed speakers and key industry figures will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Gulfood Manufacturing will be open between 10am-6pm from 9-10 November and 10am-5pm on 11 November 2014 at DWTC. Visitor attendance is free of charge.

For more information, please visit www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com


DWTC’s annual Autumn Food Shows will be co-located with Gulfood Manufacturing this year. The Autumn Food Shows comprise three distinct B2B trade platforms:

  • The Speciality Food Festival which caters for producers, suppliers, importers & exporters of gourmet, halal and organic products eager to showcase lines to a target audience of buyers, gourmet chefs, distributors, delicatessens and retail outlets. www.speciality.ae 
  • Seafex Middle East which is the region’s biggest trade fair and sourcing platform for the international seafood industry. www.seafexme.com 
  • Sweets & Snacks Middle East which is a dedicated platform for the international sweets, confectionery and snack industries across the MENA region. www.sweetsmiddleeast.com 

About Gulfood Manufacturing


Gulfood Manufacturing is the new home for ingredients, processing, packaging and food logistics providers who service the rapidly growing food and beverage production industries established in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Sub-Continent. The event provides food manufacturers with the ingredients, equipment and business improvement tools that enable more efficient production and distribution. Gulfood Manufacturing has three focused sectors namely Food Logistics Middle East, ProPack Middle East and Ingredients Middle East. As the biggest launch in the Dubai World Trade Centre history, Gulfood Manufacturing will be held on 9-11 November 2014.

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)


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