Gulfood Manufacturing

31 OCT - 2 NOV 2017, DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE
 

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AUTOMATION TRANSFORMING MIDDLE EAST’S PACKAGING INDUSTRY

Convenience products and social media to double sector demand in five years

Dubai, UAE: The Middle East’s packaging industry is undergoing rapid transformation with increasing demand for sophisticated automated solutions, according to exhibitors at Gulfood Manufacturing - the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing, processing and packaging, logistics and materials handling exhibition - which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 7-9 November, 2016.

UAE-based Al Thika Packaging - one of the leading domestic exhibitors participating in ProPack Middle East, the dedicated processing and packaging zone within Gulfood Manufacturing - predicts regional sector demand could double within five years as the food processing sector strives to become more competitive in response to increasing consumer demand for convenience products.

“Automated solutions are being sought as companies try to reduce overhead labour costs and keep up with global supply trends,” said Tim Ansell, Al Thika’s Sales Director. “International trends in food products are coming to market much quicker in the UAE as people see through social media what is being offered elsewhere – it’s prompted this market to react faster to global trends.

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“Food manufacturers are moving into ready meals, pre-packed ingredients and fruits and vegetables -  we are following Western trends. The growth over the past six to seven years has not let up and, put simply, there is a desire to implement new technology; the regional industry is more open to innovation.”

Ansell says demand for high-end automation is coming largely from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, though there has been some recent pick-up from manufacturers and processers in Oman and Kuwait. High-end automation now represents 20 per cent of Al Thika’s sales with Ansell predicting that number will double within five years.

“Such is the demand from the food, drink and pharmaceuticals business that we have had to take on a Project Engineer to analyse customer requirements and produce integrated solutions and equipment,” he said.

We’ve moved from offering just a tray sealer or x-ray for example, to providing turn-key production lines with process equipment, conveyors, packaging machines and automated carton erector loaders. Customers want a one stop service, hassle free installation and local service, so this is playing to our strengths” he said.

According to a recent Euromonitor report forecasts, the Middle East and Africa packaging industry will register the highest growth of any region up to 2019, recording a 5.5 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

The forecasts, says Ishida, a leader in the design, manufacture and installation of complete weighing and packing line solutions for the food industry, could further be impacted by the emergence of export-oriented ‘power’ players within the Middle East, particularly from snack, dates and poultry producers.

Ishida is planning to capture a growing market share with packaging system demonstrations at ProPack Middle East featuring weighers and X-ray inspection systems.

“Apart from rising automation to reduce packaging and waste costs at the manufacturing, retail and end-consumer stages, to increase speed and efficiencies there will also be increasing demand for check-weighers, metal detectors, X-ray inspection systems and seal testers to secure quality control for exports outside the region,” said Torsten Giese, Marketing Manager.

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Giese foresees huge changes within the food production sector, all of which will impact the packaging sector. “There will be polarisation. Politically stable countries will experience growth in convenience and ready-to-eat sectors and ‘luxury’ goods while politically unstable regions will fall back to a more agro/self-sufficient positions.

“Some large players will expand to produce and distribute their food products more efficiently and into more regions, thus becoming regional ‘power players’ while others will look to expand down or up in the food logistic chain. For example, growers will move into manufacturing and distribution; so potato growers currently producing potato chips and snacks will diversify to include frozen chips and other potato products.”

ProPack Middle East will be a weathervane to the food manufacturing industry’s transformation, according to Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC, the Gufood Manufacturing organiser.

“Through the state-of-the-art exhibits, visitors will be able to track the evolution of this vibrant regional industry which is at an undisputed high point in its development,” said LohMirmand. “With Saudi Arabian and UAE producers looking to satisfy increasingly sophisticated domestic demand and also eyeing lucrative export markets, innovative packaging and weighing solutions which meet regional and international standards will be high on buyers’ shopping lists.”

The ProPack Middle East segment will feature 905 exhibitors from 30 national and industry pavilions, comprising approximately 50 per cent of the total companies at Gulfood Manufacturing 2016, which is 20 per cent bigger than last year. The show will fill 13 halls at DWTC and feature 1,600 food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers – up 60 per cent on last year.

Gulfood Manufacturing also features segmented areas including Ingredients Middle East, featuring fine and functional ingredients and the latest bulk and commodity ingredients, innovations, tastes and flavours; and Logistics Solutions Middle East, a showcase for firms involved in material handling, transport and commercial vehicles, IT and technology solutions, warehousing operators, facilitators and service providers.

Gulfood Manufacturing is open between 10am - 6pm on 7-8 November and 10am – 5pm on 9 November 2016. This show is only open to trade professionals and visitor attendance is free of charge. For more information, please visit gulfoodmanufacturing.com

Logistics Solution

29 October 2016

INTELLIGENT FOOD LOGISTICS COULD SAVE 5 PER CENT OF UAE’S FOOD WASTAGE

Transport Innovation hits the road at Gulfood Manufacturing’s Logistics Solutions Middle East

Dubai, UAE: A new breed of intelligent logistics solutions could save five per cent of the UAE’s multi-billion billion food wastage, according to industry experts.

As food wastage becomes a key global public and social issue, suppliers and transport providers say the stage is set for innovation to transform the way the UAE handles its food distribution and re-exports.

Transformational technology and systems will be in focus at November’s Logistics Solutions Middle East – a dedicated zone within Gulfood Manufacturing - at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), as the industry moves to shave the country’s food wastage bill, currently put at 3.27 million tonnes worth some AED13.6 billion (US$3.7 billion) by Abu Dhabi’s Massar Solutions.

“The UN’s Food and Agriculture Association has clearly stated that substantial savings can be made in food loss and waste through improved storage and transportation,” explained Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Events & Exhibitions, DWTC. “These are now crucial issues as countries and industries move to reduce their carbon footprints and deliver on sustainability goals.”

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Innovation will be the back-story to this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing, which runs 7-9 November, as the food industry grapples with wastage and increasing competitiveness. Gargash & Mercedes-Benz is targeting the F&B distribution segments with plans to roll-out a new range of futuristic trucks, highlighting their fuel-efficiency and productivity. The promotion will also see a focus on new Mercedes-Benz electronic trucks including the Urban eTruck, the company’s first fully electric truck, and its ‘Vision’ van-of-the-future concept.

Food-specific logistics remain a core component of a UAE logistics industry which reached AED 99 billion in 2015, according to the UAE National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL), which has signed up as the show’s official logistics partners. The issue is vital for Dubai, which currently re-exports nearly half of its imported food product to other GCC countries, Russia, India, Pakistan and East Africa, according to the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre.

NAFL President, Nadia Abdul Aziz is leading a campaign to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global logistics hub, and is planning to spell out how the emirate plans to keep ahead of competing global markets and what it means for transport and logistics stakeholders at the Food Logistics Forum being held at DWTC on November 8.

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Logistics Solutions Middle East is one of the three focused shows making up the sold-out Gulfood Manufacturing exhibition which also includes ProPack Middle East and Ingredients Middle East.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 is an impressive 20 per cent larger than last year’s event and will see 1,600 international food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers fill 13 DWTC halls. The show will feature exhibitors from 52 countries including 29 official national pavilions including production machinery leaders Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. It will also welcome first-time pavilions representing Indonesia, Ireland, Russia and South Africa.

DWTC is also rolling out its most extensive Hosted Buyer Programme for the show which will be sponsored by Tetra Pak. More than 2,000 of the region’s most prominent industrial buyers are being invited to the event and supported with complimentary flights, accommodation and transport to and from the show.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 is open between 10am-6pm on 7-8 November and 10am-5pm on 9 November. The show is only open to trade professionals and visitor attendance is free-of-charge. For more information, please visit www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com

SAUDI ARABIA TO MOUNT ITS BIGGEST GULFOOD MANUFACTURING PUSH TO DATE

2 November 2016

 

More than 30 Companies Look to Expand Kingdom’s Manufacturing Prowess

 

Dubai, UAE: Saudi Arabia will next week launch its biggest ever promotion at Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s largest food manufacturing, processing and packaging, logistics and materials handling exhibition, which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre from 7-9 November.

Of the more than 30 Saudi exhibitors led by the Saudi Export Development Authority (SEDA), 14 manufacturers will share a 240 square metre pavilion – the largest in Saudi Arabia’s three-year participation in the show. The Saudi line-up includes some the Kingdom’s most powerful producers of food packing, processing standards, food science, logistics analysis, storage and handling solutions, bakery & food processing, coding & traceability and product inspection.

The Saudi push comes in the wake of the country launching its Vision 2030 earlier this year. The strategy aims to raise the share of the Kingdom’s non-oil exports from its current 16 per cent to 50 per cent and ensure the country rises up the international economy ranks moving from the 19th largest to within the top 15 by the end of the next decade.

“Saudi Arabia has built considerable expertise within the food manufacturing sector to serve its growing population and to safeguard sufficient strategic food reserves,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President Events & Exhibitions, DWTC. “This expertise is now being harnessed in a major export drive through which the country looks to expand the GDP contribution of its private sector from its current 40 per cent to 60 per cent. Saudi’s Gulfood Manufacturing participation is visible evidence of the Kingdom’s commitment to this drive.”

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“Saudi Arabia is now the world’s largest producer of dates with national production reaching 1.24 million tons, which is over 14 per cent of the international market. Research shows Saudi producers are investing heavily in improved technology, packaging and storage methods to boost competitiveness of its date exports, all of which will be in evidence at Gulfood Manufacturing,” added LohMirmand.

Saudi Arabia is one of 29 official national pavilions at Gulfood Manufacturing including production machinery leaders Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The show will also welcome first-time pavilions representing Indonesia, Ireland, Russia and South Africa.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 is an impressive 20 per cent larger than last year’s event and will see 1,600 international food manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers fill 13 DWTC halls.

The show will be split into three specialist areas across more than 77,000 square metres of exhibition space: Ingredients Middle East featuring fine and functional ingredients and the latest bulk and commodity ingredients, innovations, tastes and flavours; ProPack Middle East covering automation, processing equipment and packaging machinery; and Logistics Solutions Middle East for firms involved in materials handling, transport, IT and technology solutions, warehousing and facilitators and service providers.

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Gulfood Manufacturing 2016 will feature exhibitors from 52 countries who will meet the show’s largest turnout of hosted buyers in a programme be sponsored by Tetra Pak. More than 2,000 of the region’s most prominent industrial buyers are being invited to the event and supported with complimentary flights, accommodation and transport to and from the show.

The show will also host a series of specialist conferences, including the Food Logistics Forum – the region’s only F&B specific logistics event to probe critical issues shaping the future profitability and sustainability of the entire food value chain.

Gulfood Manufacturing will be open between 10am – 6pm on November 7 and 8 and 10am – 5pm on November 9. Attendance, which is free-of-charge, is for trade professionals only. For more information, please visit: www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com

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