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The Meat Factory new feature at 2016 edition of Gulfood Manufacturing
Tuesday, 01 November, 2016, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Lucy Fernandes, Mumbai
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In the UAE, there is rising demand for processed and packaged food. Companies are recognising the benefits of automation and the domestic food processing industry is already accounting for over 10 per cent of Dubai’s industrial production. Against this spectacular backdrop, the place is soon going to witness, mega event Gulfood Manufacturing, one of the largest and most influential trade shows for the food manufacturing industry.

Among other things, the event will showcase the latest innovations in various sectors that are part of the food business, ranging from meat, bakery, beverage and confectionery, to dairy and seafood. Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the forthcoming edition of the event will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between November 7 and 9, 2016.

The forthcoming outing, third so far, will be marked by a debutant feature - 'The Meat Factory.' The feature will be sponsored by United Food Technology Equipment (UFT), Germany, and Buyer Programme by Tetra Pak.

This year, the event will be divided into three specialised categories - Ingredients Middle East, ProPack Middle East and Logistics Solutions Middle East.

Ingredients Middle East will feature fine and functional ingredients and the latest bulk and commodity ingredients, innovations, tastes and flavours.

ProPack Middle East will cover automation, processing equipment and packaging machinery to solve production challenges and increase volume, flexibility, efficiency, quality and cost control.

Logistics Solutions Middle East will be for firms sourcing materials handling, transport and commercial vehicles, information technology and technology solutions, warehousing operators, facilitators and service providers.

New at the event
In terms of new features, the show will roll out its biggest-ever hosted buyer programme sponsored by Tetra Pak. This will be an opportunity for regional and international producers and buyers to network in a tailored trade platform.  

As far as conferences are concerned, the show will host a series of specialist conferences, including the brand new Food Logistics Forum.

The Forum will bring together the region’s leading production, foodservice, retail, logistics and transportation players for two days of intensive education sessions, as well as dedicated time to build new business relationships and explore best practices.

Mark Napier, exhibitions director, DWTC, Gulfood Manufacturing, said, “Following our successful Factory of the Future at last year’s show, United Food Technology (UFT) is bringing another special feature to Gulfood Manufacturing 2016. Focussing on processed meat production, the zone will educate customers with comprehensive support in setting up production facilities for modern and high-quality foodstuffs.”

Features of the event
The Meat Factory
Gulfood Manufacturing will feature a ‘live’ meat factory.  Germany’s United Food Technology Equipment (UFT) will build, equip and operate the ‘meat factory,’ complete with cold and dry stores, injection, tumbler, grinding and chopping machinery - in a bid to demonstrate how leading meat product companies can optimise their own facilities to save cost and generate revenue. Apart from the demonstrations there are experts on hand to advise on meat processing challenges and investment plans.
Exhibitors and visitors
It will host 1,600 local, regional and international food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers. This year’s show will attract 87 exhibitors from India, showcasing specific sectors on technology and solutions for every line of the food production industry.
Napier said, “With a footfall having risen from 26,329 visitors from 156 countries in 2014 to 29,102 visitors from 158 countries last year, we are confidently projecting another record-breaking attendance in 2016.”

New launches at the event
While talking about the new launches at the event, Napier said, “In addition to the UFT Processing Zone, The Food Logistics Forum will address critical issues shaping the future profitability and sustainability of the entire food value chain, including achieving consistent cold chain integrity, building seamlessly integrated supply chain system, improving airport-airline cargo handling, strategies for locking down supply chain management efficiencies, safety and security measures, cutting-edge warehousing and technical innovations in material handling.”

Conferences, seminars and workshops
In order to meet the rising demand, growing trade and imports in the Middle East, the event will feature live demonstrations, seminars, workshops and conferences.
In addition to the main Gulfood Manufacturing conference, the Food Logistics Forum will address critical issues shaping the future profitability and sustainability of the entire food value chain.

Key topics
Achieving consistent cold chain integrity; Building seamlessly integrated supply chain system; Improving airport-airline cargo handling; Strategies for locking down supply chain management efficiencies; Safety under scrutiny; Cutting edge warehousing – swift, precise, efficient; Linking GCC Network; Technical Innovations in Material Handling.
Day 1
The conference will witness panel discussions on following topics:
•    Food trade and logistics outlook: Adapting to a new economic reality by Mahmood Al Bastaki, chief executive officer, Dubai Trade; Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice-president, DP World UAE, and Christian Juul-Nyholm, managing director, Maersk Line UAE, Oman and Qatar
•    Nurturing e-commerce potential in GCC by Dr Nowhera Shaikh, chief executive officer, Heera Group; Mahboob Murshed, managing director of Alpen Capital, and Adil Al Zarooni, senior vice-president, Global Sales, Jafza

There will be a seminar on how Dubai plans to strengthen its position as a global logistics hub by Nadia Abdul Aziz, president, National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL), and a presentation on Transforming Oman into a logistics powerhouse by Mark Geilenkirchen, chief executive officer, Sohar Industrial Port (SAOC), and Aroop Zuthi, global president and managing partner, Frost & Sullivan.

A fireside debate on Challenging the norm: Improving efficiency of food regulatory system focusing on Do current legislations pose a trade barrier? and Overcoming roadblocks to deployment of streamlined food regulation standards.

Day 2
The second day will see a panel discussion on following topics:
•    Achieving greater level of supply chain integration from farm to fork by Mark Heald, head of supply chain from Al Ghurair Foods; Jerome Fardeau, general manager, supply chain, Carrefour Middle East; Rajeev Singh, head of procurement and supply chain, United Foods, and Thomas Gaengler, vice-president, integrated supply chain, Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Africa, Mondelez International.
•    Re-engineering supply chain for food waste reduction  by Dr Mariam Al Yousuf, executive director, policy and regulation, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority; Vishal Tikku, president, Mondelez International; Ahmed Kadous, supply chain director, Unilever Gulf, and Saeed Suhail, executive director, health, safety, environment and security, DP World.
•    Accelerating food safety procedures to improve speed to market. The speakers will be Wassan Abdullah Al-Baker, food safety and environment health manager - public health department, Supreme Council of Health, Qatar, and Aiad Alkhatib, head, regulatory and scientific affairs, Nestle.
•    Optimising product quality with innovative cold chain systems by Muhammad Ali Shah, supply chain manager, Global Shipping and Logistics (GSL), and Anil Nair, regional quality manager, MENA, Mondelez International.
A presentation on  Manufacturing digitally enhanced supply chain: A glimpse into the next generation logistics and  Intelligent cold chain warehousing will be conducted.

Pavilions
The show will feature exhibitors from 58 countries, including 29 official national pavilions. Every major machinery manufacturing nation will be present, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. This year’s show will also welcome first-time participation from national pavilions, representing Indonesia, Ireland, Russia and South Africa.
Co-located event
Future Food Live
It will bring the region’s food sector into the modern connected world and celebrate the disruptive and transformational ideas and technologies which will change the food industry forever.
SEAFEX
SEAFEX is the Middle East region’s biggest showcase and international trade fair for the seafood industry. Everything from fresh catch to the end-consumer, as well as cold storage, shipping and logistics solutions, will be showcased by a leading array of exhibitors and national pavilions.

The Speciality Food Festival
A dedicated gourmet event catered for producers, suppliers, importers and exporters of gourmet, Halal and organic products eager to showcase lines to a target audience of buyers, gourmet chefs, distributors, delicatessens and retail outlets.

Yummex Middle East
Formerly known as Sweets & Snacks Middle East, Yummex Middle East is the leading international trade fair for the confectionery and snacks market in the MENA region. The show covers the entire sweets, snacks and confectionery profile from raw ingredients, processing and finishing products.

Yummex Middle East, in partnership with Koelnmesse GmbH, is the leading international trade fair for the confectionery and snacks market in the MENA region.

Food processing industry in the UAE
Napier said, “The UAE food processing sector is on a steady upwardly trajectory with the domestic food processing industry already accounting for over 10 per cent of Dubai’s industrial production (Source: Department of Economic Development in Dubai). In this burgeoning climate, Gulfood Manufacturing is the strategic meeting and sourcing platform for food producers and service operators to source and network with world-class packaging sector suppliers, as well as those in the processing, logistics and manufacturing sectors.”

Trade relations between the UAE and India
“Trade relations between the UAE and India have grown significantly in recent years. India currently ranks as the UAE’s number one trade partner with a relative share of 9.8 per cent of the total UAE non-oil trade,” according to a study by the UAE Ministry of Economy.
The same report also ranks India as first in the UAE’s overall export markets with a relative share of 14.9 per cent and ranks second in the UAE's re-exports to the world accounting for 8.7 per cent of total re-exports. India also ranked third in the UAE’s total imports with a relative share of 9.2 per cent.

Current trends seen in the food processing industry
“The global market for equipment used in the food processing and packaging sectors is expected to reach $31.3 billion by 2018,” according to a recent BCC Research report.

With the rising demand for processed and packaged food, automation in the food processing industry is a collective objective for producers. With the widespread availability and adoption of automated systems, companies are recognising the benefits of automation in packing, sorting and labelling as a drive of increased efficiency and heightened cost-effectiveness.

Innovation is rife across the food production sector and the use of technologically-advanced machinery is driving further innovation in the packaging and processing industry in terms of increasing the shelf life of foods, and improving safety and quality.

Efficient packaging is another trend on the rise, with companies the world over seeking methods to use minimum resources, reduce product waste, maximise effective after-use disposal and recycle with minimum impact on environment.
 
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