GULFOOD 2012 PREPARES FOR BRISK BUSINESS AS WORLD’S FOOD PRODUCERS BRING INTERNATIONAL FLAVOURS TO DUBAI
Over 88 countries represented from 110 international pavilions to attend world’s largest annual food and beverage industry show
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Gulfood 2012, the world’s largest annual trade show for the food and hospitality industry, is forecasting a record event this year as representatives from more than 3,800 companies from around the world arrive in Dubai to showcase their food and beverage products and services
Running until 22 February 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the show has been sold out since October as exhibitors from around the world look to do business in the fast-growing Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Covering more than one million square feet of dedicated exhibition space, Gulfood 2012 represents all corners of the globe with four new pavilions Algeria, Hungary, Kenya & Peru joining countries as far afield as Argentina, Australia, China, Chile, France, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, USA and Vietnam.
“The participation this year from so many international leading companies in the global food and beverage industry is a clear indication of the important position that Gulfood holds on a global level. With many developed markets delivering minimal growth, the Middle East region represents huge potential for companies and Gulfood is a key facilitator for entry into these highly lucrative markets. We are looking forward to record sales and business opportunities for exhibitors and visitors this year,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the exhibition.
With Restaurant & Café Middle East and Ingredients Middle East running co-located at Gulfood, the event covers the full spectrum of the industry, from ingredients through to food processing, packaging, retail, hospitality and distribution. Gulfood also plays a key role in highlighting the latest industry advances, trends and innovations through the Gulfood Conference which this year will be opened with a keynote speech by H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, UAE.
Recognition and reward of excellence within the region’s food and beverage industry comes through Gulfood’s much anticipated Gulfood Awards. A record number of entries has been received this year, with 20 categories that have been be judged by an international panel of independent industry experts.
Culinary skills will also be showcased at the prestigious Emirates International Salon Culinaire which, in association with the Emirates Culinary Guild, hosts 1,300 chefs in heated competition before a panel of 25 distinguished international judges. The Baking & Pastry Guild Competition enjoys its third year of success at Gulfood, with specialist focus on innovation and creativity in baking.
Gulfood is strictly a trade-only event and is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry only. Industry business professionals will be able to buy a Four Day Pass for AED 200 at the show. Gulfood is open from 11am – 7pm Sunday 19 February to Tuesday 21 February and 11am – 5pm on Wednesday 22 February 2012.
For more information, please visit www.gulfood.com.
Organised since 1987, Gulfood is the region's largest and most important industry event of the year and a strategic platform for buyers and sellers to conduct direct business face to face. The exhibition is a showcase for manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers from around the world, representing all of the key sectors within the food and hospitality trade.
The trade-only show reported record visitor attendance in 2011 with a total of 62,024 trade professionals from 152 countries attending the exhibition.
About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
As the organiser of Gulfood 2012, Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 30 years experience delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 18 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.
Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.