Following a record 2017 edition that welcomed more than 97,000 visitors across 1 million square feet of exhibition space, Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food event is placing innovation at the heart of its 23rd edition. The event will be taking place from February 18 to 22, 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
As the global Food and Beverage (F&B) community gears up for this principal opportunity to source the latest and best products at the best price, Gulfood is promising a range of new services and innovations to reflect changes in consumer demand.
Buyers can look forward to meeting more than 1,000 new-to-show food and beverage producers that have been hand-selected to deliver greater volumes of consumer-oriented products. These include health and wellness categories such as organic and sugar-free plus third-wave coffee varieties and new taste and texture innovations across the board.
The eight market sectors will include:
Beverages- Soft Drinks, Hot Drinks, Waters and Fresh Beverages
Dairy- Milk, Yogurts, Butters and Cheeses
Fats and Oils – Olive, coconut, sunflower and other plant-based cooking oils; ghee, etc.
Health, Wellness, Free-From- Organic, vegan (plant-based dairy replacements), gluten-free, enriched & fortified foods, etc.
Pulses, Grains, Cereals- A wide variety of grains, beans, rices, cereals, etc.
Meat and Poultry – Grass-fed, corn-fed, free-range, etc.
World Food – Country pavilions bringing you the best of their traditions through niche and speciality producers.
Power Brands – These exhibitors are a one-stop-shop for multiple product categories.
Gulfood is an important show to meet and develop relationships in the Middle East, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), South Asia and Africa, Almond Board Of California stated.
Gulfood Innovation Awards finalists will also form an integral part of the Innovation Zone showcase, with 2018 award winners being announced during the prestigious annual awards ceremony. Additional networking features include a series of government accredited fringe seminars running throughout the exhibition and live pitch demonstrations from some the most exciting global startups on the scene.
Business France will be running four French pavilions at Gulfood in 2018, with around 70 French companies.
France is set to highlight the latest French products on a surface area of 800m² across four halls: fine food in the world food section in Sheikh Saeed Hall; dairy products in Hall 1; meat and poultry in Hall 3; and drinks in Za’Abeel Hall.
For the first time at Gulfood, visitors will be able to witness a live cooking show provided by Cordon Bleu, a French Culinary Arts and Hotel Management Institute. It will be held the whole week in Sheikh Saeed Hall and will be undertaken by chefs Nicolas Houchet and Emil Minev.
Source: Media India