GCC food imports to reach $53.1 billion by 2020

The GCC is a major hub in the global food logistics’ market, currently importing 90% of its food with a market value that is forecast to increase to US $53.1 billion by 2020 according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

This market growth, and the demand for global transportation and logistics players looking to expand into the GCC, will beone of the topics explored at the Food Logistics Forum at the Dubai World Trade Centre on November 17 and 18.

Food Logistics Forum is running alongside three specialist food industry shows – SEAFEX, The Speciality Food Festival and Sweets & Snacks Middle East, all of which will be addressing how to help address the critical issues shaping the future profitability of the entire food value chain.

Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president of DWTC, organiser of the Food Logistics Forum said: “Given the importance of Dubai to the logistics market, both regionally and globally, it is critical that we support knowledge exchange for this fast-paced industry.

“The Food Logistics Forum explores the very latest trends and innovations across the entire supply chain, and includes invaluable interactive business workshops for companies seeking to start operations, expand into new markets or even develop into global leaders.”

The two day forum will bring together global and regional logistics business leaders to address industry concerns participate in interactive workshops and discuss market growth opportunities. Discussion topics include: supply chains 2020, understanding ISO 22000, constructing the Gulf Halal scheme, GCC food standards, warehouse automation, cold chain logistics, GCC regulations, market growth and logistics outsourcing.

Keynote speaker Dr. Hashim Saeed Al Nuaimi, director of the Department of Consumer Protection, UAE Ministry of Economy said: “The role of food supply chains is critical in ensuring the stability of the UAE’s food sector. The Food Logistics Forum offers a great opportunity to analyse the current trends, challenges and solutions that impact the regional market and I look forward to participating in this valuable event.”

Speaker at the Food Logistics Forum, Eng. Mahmoood Al Bastaki, CEO, Dubai Trade said: “With the UAE affirming its position as a central hub for food imports – 22% of the UAE total imports and 20% of re–exports are food products – Dubai Trade are working relentlessly to accelerate cargo movement for food and perishables.”

Other confirmed speakers at the event include: Eng. Ahmed Ahmed. Al-Bashah, senior standards specialist, GCC Standardisation Organisation (GSO);  Prof. Ibrahim Al Mohizea, consultant for food sector, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA); Mohammad Al Kamali, director – export markets development, Dubai Exports; Dr. Martin Slayne, chief food safety officer and head of global scientific & regulatory affairs, Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods), among many more.

Downlaod the brochure here.