The first international mega event of the year, Gulfood 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre is a potent shot in the arm for the F&B industry.
With business momentum getting back into full swing as the world steadily makes its way to recovery, the F&B industry is picking up from where it left off. Gulfood 2021, the 25th edition of the international F&B trade event, has been live at the Dubai World Trade Centre since February 21 and will conclude on the 25th. This international platform brings together thousands of industry professionals from across the world to explore possibilities in the sector.
Industry professionals including exhibitors, chefs, food innovators, suppliers and tech specialists, along with government representatives from a number of nations, among others, participate in brand exhibits, conferences, competitions, installations, launches, talks, investor summits, workshops and much more.
The Gulfood 2021 show floor has eight F&B sectors for Beverages, Dairy, Fats & Oils, Health, Wellness & Free-From, Meat & Poultry, Power Brands, Pulses, Grains and Cereals, and World Food. At the investors’ summit across three days, some of the topics covered included governments’ role in shaping the future of food, adapting to healthier, sustainable lifestyles, and leveraging emerging and future food technologies. The Gulfood Innovation Awards saw winners across 11 categories, from packaging impact to sustainability. The Gulfood Startup Programme saw discussions on crucial initiatives such as the UAE-India Food Corridor and panel discussions on accelerating entrepreneurship in food innovation and agritech.
The platform is key to forging new alliances and partnerships across the F&B industry, as well as an enormous boost to innovators looking to play an important role in the evolution of the sector. Exhibitors have a massively positive response as well, with nearly 30 per cent of them reporting orders worth over USD 500,000 at the event. The feedback on the quality and quantity of visitors too is excellent and 96 per cent of exhibitors declared intentions of returning to the event.