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Gulfood to generate record F&B trade in February HALALEVENTS

(Dubai-NewsHalal, Rabi'II 27, 1438, January 25, 2017) Gulfood, the world’s largest food and beverage trade event, is undergoing a revolutionary change in lay-out, format and visitor experience, marking a new era for the market leading exhibition that first traded in Dubai in 1987. Gulfood 22nd edition will be held from 26 February to 2 March 2017 at Dubai World Trade Center.


According to announcement of the organizers, to increase accessibility and trading potential, Gulfood 2017 will focus on finished food and beverages and highlight eight of the biggest commodity trading sectors with dedicated halls organized by Beverages; Dairy; Fats & Oils; Heath, Wellness & Free-From; Pulses, Grains & Cereals; Meat & Poultry; Power Brands and World Food.      

As part of this major re-alignment global buyers will discover more than 1,000 new-to-show food and beverage producers. With space already completely sold-out to exhibitors, February’s event will span more than 1,000,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space and purpose-built temporary structures that welcome a wave of new product innovations and services in-line with consumer demand both regionally and internationally.  


Celebrating its 22nd edition in 2017, Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food & beverage exhibition, welcoming F&B professionals from all corners of the globe to meet for 5 days of business within this central hub for international trade and commerce. Launched as a biennial event in 1987, the exhibition has grown to promote F&B trade between more than 120 countries annually, enabling 5000 providers of raw materials and ingredients to showcase the tastes, trends and innovations that are shaping the future of food and beverage consumption worldwide.

Gulfood is a business to business trade exhibition that is professionally managed and Hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). With three decades of experience in delivering world-class events and an ongoing commitment to commerce and innovation within the exhibition industry, DWTC are recognized as a key driver of tourism growth throughout the MENA region. 


On a global level, overall meat consumption grew by 2% in volume in 2015. Demand for meat is being driven by emerging markets where increased prosperity and rising populations is resulting in the growing consumption of relatively expensive meat.  Meat demand is expected to increase further, driven by population growth, rising incomes and urbanization – with 70% of the world’s population expected to be urbanized by 2050.

The Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific are performing most dynamically recording growth of 4% and 3% year on year respectively. These are the only two regions where beef and veal recorded growth.

Meat production in America, Africa and Asia is also showing significant growth.  Sustainable meat production is a key focus in fast growing markets and the long term future of the meat industry is subject to factors including sustainability, protein demand, health consciousness and trade policies.

In addition, the global halal food and lifestyle sector is expected to grow by six per cent by 2020 with a range of factors including increasing income levels among the Muslim population fuelling demand for new and differentiated Halal food, particularly meat. The rise in demand for halal meat can also be attributed to non-Muslim-majority countries namely China, Japan, United States (US), Brazil and United Kingdom (UK) to name a few, as consumers worldwide become more aware of its health benefits.


2017 Visitor Overview

95,000+ Trade attendees

60% International attendees

40% UAE attendees

120+ Trading countries