gulfood 2015

By April 25, 2015May 3rd, 2015No Comments




“The remarkable growth of Gulfood since its first edition 28 years ago is a reflection of Dubai’s global standing as a trade, logistics and commerce hub for the food and hospitality sectors and, at the same time, a strategic driver for the growth and development of the UAE’s increasingly diverse economy,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC, the show organiser.


Industry players have definitely recognised the pivotal role of Gulfood in expanding their brand to the world, evidenced by tens of thousands of brands present at the show – from finished foods and bulk commodities to beverage products, food service and hospitality equipment, and fresh, frozen, dry and processed food. Among these were more than 1,000 international specialist Halal food brands and companies participating in the second Halal World Food, the world’s largest annual Halal food sourcing event. It was a platform where the implementation of Halal standardisation and certification frameworks was held during the inaugural Halal Investment Conference, while the unveiling of a ‘Halal Mark’ by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA) reflected Dubai’s vision to become a global Islamic Economy capital.

The exponential progress of the show over the years has resulted in the hosting of many key industry forums and Gulfood 2015 brought together government ministers, top level officials, international industry leaders and food business experts to discuss key topics on the global food industry agenda such as food security, food franchising and Halal. Alongside these, the World Food Security Summit – a Gulfood Leaders Event highlighted the importance of GCC nations being at the forefront of strategic public-private sector partnerships to tackle regional and global food security concerns. Sustainable global agriculture industry, policy reforms, international farmland acquisition, strategies and domestic agriculture initiatives, were among the hotly-debated topics. The Food Franchising Forum brought together industry influencers to share best practices and provide insights and expertise on making the right decisions in acquiring and managing franchise networks successfully. Gulfood Awards had its sixth edition and accolades were awarded to people and companies pioneering leadership and innovation in the global food and drink industry and a spectacular evening event with more than 1,000 leading industry decision-makers, celebrity chefs, key exhibitors, customers, media and national groups in attendance rounded up Gulfood’s 20th anniversary edition.

Gulfood 2016 will take place from 21-25 February, 2016, at DWTC. For more information, please visit www.gulfood.com