INTERNATIONAL FLAVOURS OF BUSINESS AT WORLD’S BIGGEST ANNUAL FOOD & HOSPITALITY SHOW
Gulfood Brings Global Food Trade to Dubai: International Gateway
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Gulfood, the world’s largest annual trade exhibition for the food and hospitality industry is set to deliver its most international show to date, with a record 83 countries, 107 international pavilions and more than 3,800 exhibitors participating in this key global industry event. Running from 19 – 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.
With home markets increasingly over-saturated, many of the world’s food trade companies are looking to emerging markets to deliver sustainable growth. Strategically positioned at the centre of trade between east and west, Gulfood’s host city Dubai plays a key role in the exhibition’s ongoing success. With a world-class logistics, trade and business infrastructure, and a progressive approach to its expansion to meet growing demand – Jebel Ali port will undergo an $850 million expansion in 2012 and the cargo-dedicated Dubai World Central Airport is on track for an increase in capacity – Dubai remains the hub for the re-export market into the Middle East, Asia, Africa and increasingly, Eastern Europe.
Companies from countries as far afield as Argentina, Australia, China, France, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, USA and Vietnam are confident of strong trading results at Gulfood 2012. Now a well-established platform for all sectors of the food and beverage industry to showcase and source products and services, the show is expected to welcome more than 65,000 industry professionals from more than 140 countries to Dubai for the four day event.
“Gulfood is now internationally recognised as one of the key trading platforms for the industry. This is a position that we continue to expand on through the showcasing of the broadest range of products, ingredients, services and technologies for the food and hospitality sectors,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, the organiser of Gulfood. “Three quarters of the buyers who attend Gulfood make purchasing decisions at the show, which illustrates not only the value and variety of products, but also the calibre and competitiveness of the exhibitors.”
More than 1 million square feet of exhibition space has been dedicated to Gulfood, together with Restaurant & Café Middle East and Ingredients Middle East, the co-located shows that run alongside to deliver a full-circle offering to the industry’s professionals.
In addition to the unrivalled business platform that Gulfood provides, the Gulfood conference has become a much anticipated feature that the region’s industry relies on for information on future trends, critical issues and industry highlights. This year, the conference has expanded to include three defined verticals: Food Leaders Summit, Food Processing and Packaging Forum, and a Foodpreneur Forum, with international experts, thought leaders and captains of industry scheduled to offer invaluable industry insights.
A well-established feature at Gulfood, the Dubai International Food Safety Conference, organised by the Dubai Municipality, will address essential food safety systems, regulations and best practices within the manufacturing, retailing and food service sectors of the industry.
Business growth generated for exhibitors at Gulfood is matched by the exceptional networking opportunities created at the show. Together with features such as online product locators, VIP connect and a host of fringe events, the Gulfood Majlis has proved a mainstay in providing a focused environment for senior industry professionals to network and develop new business opportunities.
Easa Al Ghurair, Chairman of Al Ghurair Foods confirmed: “Gulfood has always provided us with an ideal platform to strengthen our position as a leader in the food manufacturing industry and the opportunity to explore wider markets and new horizons.”
Recognition of excellence is a key part of Gulfood with the hotly contested Gulfood Awards seeking to reward achievements and innovations in the region’s food and drink industry. This year, 20 categories will be judged by an international panel of independent industry experts. Culinary skill will also be showcased at the prestigious Emirates International Salon Culinaire which, in association with the Emirates Culinary Guild, will host 1,300 chefs in heated competition before a panel of 25 distinguished international judges. The Baking & Pastry Guild Competition adds another niche element to the event.
Gulfood is strictly a trade-only event and is open to business and trade visitors from within the industry only. Complimentary registration is available in advance online. Industry business professionals on the day of the show will be able to buy a Four Day Pass for AED 200. 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.