Gulfood Manufacturing, DWTC’s Niche Food Shows Open


The 2015 editions of Gulfood Manufacturing, the Speciality Food Festival, Sweets & Snacks Middle East and SEAFEX – running at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) until Thursday 29 October – were inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and UAE Minister of Finance.

The largest and most influential trade show for the food manufacturing, processing and packaging sectors of the F&B industry, Gulfood Manufacturing brings more than 1,500 international suppliers from over 56 countries to Dubai. With more than 30,000 visitors from the fast-growing Middle East, Africa and South East Asia (MEASA) region dependent on the show for the sourcing of ingredients, equipment, latest technology and supply chain services, business opportunities for regional food & beverage manufacturers were also being explored through potential licencing and partnership opportunities with international brands and producers.

With more than 31 national pavilions representing companies across the spectrum of food and beverage manufacturing services, countries including Austria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Taiwan, UK and USA will be showcasing a diverse range of raw ingredients, commodities, technology products and the latest function-specific manufacturing and processing equipment available globally.

Running concurrently with Gulfood Manufacturing is a three-day conference programme of highly informative, practical and sector-leading knowledge seminars that will be attended by more than 1,200 delegates. These include Next Generation Manufacturing, Food Logistics and F&B Innovation.

Running parallel to Gulfood Manufacturing, DWTC’s trio of sectorised food shows have attracted 600 local, regional and international food suppliers from over 60 countries. The shows’ largest-ever pool of exhibiting companies are showcasing thousands of specialist food products to an anticipated three-day crowd of more than 15,000 influential buyers – a group that includes senior product sourcing delegations Jumeirah Group, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates Flight Catering, Spinneys, Carrefour and Saudi Arabia’s Manuel Supermarket chain.

With year-on-year growth of 20 per cent in terms of floor-space and total exhibitor participation, the Speciality Food Festival features 200 exhibitors from over 50 countries including a raft of new national pavilions and mega pavilions housing Europe’s finest food companies from Italy, France, the UK, Spain and Portugal.

The ninth Sweets & Snacks Middle East 2015 is the show’s largest-ever edition – up 25 per cent on the 2014 show – and features more than 300 specialised exhibitors including mammoth national pavilions for Turkey, Germany and Egypt, which is operating its largest stand since the show’s inception in 2007.

SEAFEX has also swelled its nets, with the expanded 2015 show boasting more than 110 exhibitors from over 26 countries – the dedicated platform’s largest collection of sector-specific suppliers to date.

Open 10am-6pm from 27- 28 October and from 10am – 5pm on 29 October 2015, Gulfood Manufacturing and DWTC’s three niche food shows are for trade and business professionals only. The public and persons under the age of 21 will not be permitted entry. Registration is available at the show upon proof of trade status.


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