Gulfood Manufacturing and ISM Middle East hailed as a great success by the organizers
gulfood Manufacturing and ISM Middle East concluded after three eventful days this week, with a number of launches of equipment, systems and finished products for the region, writes Neill Barston.
As noted by its organizers, the event at the Dubai World Trade Centre, which ended on Thursday afternoon, showcased recovery and resilience within the food production sector.
Confectionery Production played its part in covering the event as a media partner for the two main regional shows, which saw over 1,600 exhibitors for Gulfood and over 300 attend for the new ISM Middle East.
Its organizing teams believed the events would leave a lasting legacy, which proved to be one of the central themes discussed at its event summit in tackling ways to improve food security in the UAE. and the Mena region.
Speaking at the end of the ISM show in Dubai, its director Jan Philipp Hartmann felt that it had exceeded the expectations of many exhibitors and visitors with the quality and range of products on display from around the world (see our full review in the next confectionery manufacturing edition).
In addition, the UAE’s position as a global food manufacturing hub, thanks to a competitive business ecosystem well supported by the government, is a common thread that ran through the three days of the Food Tech Summit in gulfood Manufacturing.
A key session in the final morning focused on why the International Islamic Food Processing Association (IFPA) moves its headquarters to Dubai and chooses Dubai as its partner, as it seeks to diversify and strengthen the food supply chain of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries, most of which are currently facing an underdeveloped food processing sector.
HE Eng. Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Deputy Under-Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, said, “We must act immediately and transform our food systems to become resilient to challenges. This means adopting measures that meet the needs of everyone, from smallholder farmers to multinational agribusinesses. These measures must take into account emerging trends in the food production sector to be effective in the long term. We must also support the creation of sustainable food supply chains. To address the food security challenges we face, we must build effective international partnerships towards our common goal of achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: Zero Hunger. »
Immediately after the session, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the development of sustainable, innovative and common solutions for the industry was signed between the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) – of which IFPA is a subsidiary – and Food Tech Valley, a company run by the UAE government. initiative designed to ensure food security at local, regional and global levels.
The MoU will allow IFPA members to benefit from best practices in agritech by exchanging their expertise and operational excellence through training, conferences and industry events, to work collaboratively for the establishment of the IFPA headquarters in the Food Tech Valley, to foster strong agricultural business relationships among IOFS member states and facilitate business relationships and strategic partnerships in food processing and the food supply chain within the meaning wide.
HE Yerlan A. Baidaulet, Director General of OISA said: “The International Islamic Food Processing Association (IFPA), a subsidiary of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (OISA), is a very special organization that can help ensure food security for the OIC. countries. Through close collaboration with the private sector, IFPA will help OIC member countries to enhance their food manufacturing capacities and expand trade opportunities.
With IFPA moving to the United Arab Emirates and Dubai as its new headquarters, IFPA is in a geostrategic location that has the infrastructure and track record to catalyze the improvement of the food manufacturing value chain in OIC countries. In this sense, today’s memorandum of understanding with Food Tech Valley and our close collaboration with gulfood Manufacturing is our first step towards achieving food security in OIC countries,” he continued.
Meanwhile, during the regional finals of gulfood YouthX, teams from Burj Al Arab, Sofitel The Obelisk, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Grosvenor House competed against each other. The Sofitel The Obelisk team, composed of Yubak Bista, Sidney Mathews and Sameera Shaw, and supervised by Russell Impiazzi, emerged victorious and won prizes worth AED 100,000 including a cash prize for each chef.
During the three days, more than 2,500 exhibitors at gulfood Manufacturing and four co-located events – GulfHost, The Specialty Food Festival, ISM Middle East (formerly Yummex ME) and Private Label Licensing ME showcased their latest products and solutions, reaching a vast global audience of potential buyers and suppliers, throughout the entire value chain.
SIG, for example, discussed the future of packaging and how it is leading the way with its sustainable products and solutions. “Leading our industry in sustainability with our people, our products and our solutions, we are setting new industry standards in packaging. We are very happy to participate in gulfood Manufacturing again this year with a stand showcasing our latest innovations and value-added solutions. gulfood The Manufacturing Expo is the premier forum where industry leaders come together to discuss the latest trends and developments in the food and beverage industry and what they mean for the sector. We are excited to be part of the discussion about what the future of packaging will be and how we are shaping it today,” said Abdelghany Eladib, President and CEO of SIG Middle East and Africa.