Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 takes place from October 31 to November 2 at DWTC. Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 takes place from October 31 to November 2 at DWTC.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2017, which takes place from October 31 to November 2 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), is said to reinforce the emirate's strategic objective to become a global hub for the food processing and supply chain industries.

Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, exhibitions & events management, DWTC, said: “Dubai’s geographical location, political stability and world-class infrastructure support the food processing sector and food export trade.

“The continued growth of Gulfood Manufacturing is further evidence of how the world’s leading food industry providers view the show as a must-attend and Dubai as a preferred destination to both house and grow their global business.”

The UAE is already the world’s biggest re-exporter of rice, accounting for 81% of global trade.

Gulfood Manufacturing - a food manufacturing, processing, and supply chain event - will feature more than 1,600 local, regional and international food supply chain suppliers.

Exhibitors from more than 60 countries will be showcasing their innovations, including 30 national pavilions, with first-time participation from countries including Poland and across the CIS.

To ensure participating companies can connect with the right partners and investors, Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 will host the ‘Big Buyers’ Programme, which will host more than 2,000 pre-qualified buyers from across the Middle East and Africa, with a pre-determined budget to spend with participating exhibitors.

Also new for this year are the Gulfood Manufacturing Awards, which will recognise industry excellence on the evening of October 31, while the Innovation Tours will show visitors real-life innovations within some of the region’s top food factories.

A conference will also be held on the sidelines of the exhibition featuring in-depth analysis, debate and discussion on topics including digitisation in the industry, smart manufacturing, big data and analytics.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 will open from 10 am – 6 pm on October 31 and November 1, and 10 am – 5 pm on November 2, 2017. The show is only open to F&B trade professionals and visitor attendance is free of charge.

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