Gulfood Dubai 2024 – 19-23 February

5,500+ global F&B companies to exhibit

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Gulfood, the largest annual food and beverage sourcing event in the world, will take place from 19-23 February 2024 in Dubai

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that Gulfood, the largest annual food and beverage sourcing event in the world, will take place from 19-23 February 2024, as the future of the food industry comes into focus.

Gulfood continues to be the gold standard event for the global F&B community, with a record 5,500+ exhibitors and visitors from over 190 countries, and with a footprint spanning 24 halls.

International policymakers and F&B industry leaders have their sights firmly fixed on global food systems, and how they can be transformed to feed an ever-growing global population, while simultaneously building resilience and mitigating the impacts of climate change, to avoid future crises. Innovations in ag-tech (a market set to almost double in size between now and 2030), the increasing use of AI in food production, reducing food loss and waste (which currently accounts for over a third of global food production), public-private partnerships, and investment in alternative proteins such as cultured meat can all help reduce food deprivation and feed the world through to 2050 and beyond.

Gulfood will be the first opportunity in 2024 for the global F&B industry to convene, and gain insight from some of the world’s leading food futurists into where the global food industry goes next. Gulfood will be the only platform to identify the business opportunities and forge the business partnerships brought about as the industry enters a new era, defined by paradigm-shifting technology such as AI”, commented Trixie LohMirmand, executive vice-president, Dubai World Trade Center.

“By accelerating innovation and speeding the spread of trends, technology has transformed the food market from end-to-end. The next decade will see this transformation continue. Technologies like AI will accelerate our understanding of human health, and influence consumer behavior, and shifting demographic patterns will create new centers of cultural power. It’s a fascinating time to look to the future of food.” said Tom Cheesewright, applied futurist and inspiring conference speaker.

A showcase for real food, a platform for real business

Under the theme ‘Real Food, Real Business’, Gulfood 2024 will bring together global brands including– Agthia, Al Ain Dairy, Americana, Dilmah, Hype Beverages, Japan Farmed Fish Export Association, JBS, Lactalis, Meat & Poultry Ontario, Monin, Tilda, Wilmar — as well as thousands of new exhibitors — to showcase authentic food products, ingredients, and culinary practices, make real business connections and seal in excess of USD 12 billion in commercial deals. They will be joined by new country pavilions including: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Venezuela.

“Ghitha Holding, a subsidiary of International Holding Company PJSC (‘IHC’), which owns 55 subsidiaries, three associates and one joint venture is thrilled to welcome the visitors and all business and government partners in the upcoming Gulfood 2024, as we see the region further boosting the economic trade between different verticals. As Gulfood is a place where F&B businesses innovate for a brighter future, we are confident that Gulfood will be a fruitful place of collaboration and further business growth with focus on greater sustainability across the region,” commented Falal Ameen, CEO, Ghitha Holding.

F&B thought leaders  

The Gulfood Inspire Conference will dive into a range of trending topics, including the tech-powered future of digitalisation, trailblazing innovations, the shift from linear to circular food systems, capitalizing on investment and funding opportunities, and reimagining a global food system centered on food safety, security and transparency.

Over 200 ministers, global F&B leaders, entrepreneurs, futurists, chefs, scientists and academia from all facets of the industry will lead a series of engaging keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats, showcases and workshops, providing insights into the future of the F&B industry and unlocking new opportunities for growth and competitiveness.

 Confirmed speakers across the five days include: Jacob Jensen, minister for food, agriculture and fisheries, Denmark. Gary Urteaga, founder and president of Jenesiz Capital, and first investor in Nutrishake Andino (now Nutri.co), a foodtech startup specializing in R&D of nutritional snacks using Andean cereals and superfoods like quinoa and amaranth. CTO & founding director of Nourish Ingredients – Anna El Tahchy. global food futurist & food scientist – Tony Hunter; Innovation Trends futurist – Daniel Levine; food futurologist – Morgaine Gaye; applied futurist – Tom Cheesewright; Bill McDowell, VP of the Institute of Food Technologists; Miray Zaki, MD and head of Sustainability Investments at Gulf Capital, supply chain technology expert – Erin Grover, Raymond Tham K W, Founder and MD of Mycrocell and many more.

Michelin star chefs make Dubai debut

Popular feature Top Table returns to Gulfood 2024, with a star-studded line-up of internationally renowned chefs showcasing traditional cooking methods, elevating authentic ingredients, and revealing the stories behind the world’s most beloved dishes.

Across the five days of Gulfood, over 100 chefs will present various cuisines across a series of masterclasses and chef talks. Top names participating in the program include chefs Alain Passard of L’Arpege, Enrico Cerea of da Vittorio, Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, Begona Rodrigo of La Salita, Mark Donald of The Glenturret and Pepe Solla of Sola restaurant.

Home-grown talent includes: chefs Akira Back of Akira Back in Dubai, and Vladimir Mukhin of White Rabbit Krasota in Dubai. This year’s theme highlights the union of heritage and traditional culinary practices with modern, trendsetting innovative techniques. For the first time ever, Top Table will host chefs with over 21 Michelin stars between them, in one exceptional live culinary showcase.

The Dubai World Cuisine movement, launched during the last edition of Gulfood, will also be back, with a series of city-wide dinner collaborations. Dubai World Cuisine provides a platform for homegrown chefs to collaborate harmoniously with culinary icons from around the world, shaping the cultural identity of Dubai and helping establish it on the world’s culinary map. Bringing exceptional talents from Europe that will impart their legacy, heritage, and cultural richness through ancient and traditional cooking techniques, seamlessly merging them with modern and innovative approaches. Our aim is to bridge between the old and the new world, embracing sustainability in its culinary practices.

Culinary stars of the future

The YouthX Chef Challenge, a launchpad for empowering promising F&B talent with a career-changing experience, will also be back in an expanded, international format for its third edition at Gulfood 2024.

The international grand finale of the third edition of the YouthX Challenge will pit teams from leading restaurants and hotels in the UAE (SLS and Atlantis The Palm), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Four Seasons Riyadh), Kenya, and the USA against each other for a chance to win an internship at an international 3-Michelin star restaurant. Last year’s winners recently completed a successful internship with Chef Heinz Beck at La Pergola in Rome.

Gulfood has garnered interest from top brands in dairy, beverage (category sponsor – Al Jameel International), fats & oils, pulses & grains (category sponsor – Supple Tek), meat & poultry (category sponsor – Sadia), power brands (category sponsor – Ghitha), ready-to-eat (category sponsor – Hungritos), bakery (category sponsor – Prima International), and World Food, to innovate for a more sustainable, thoughtful, and brighter future for the entire global F&B ecosystem across the world.

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