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France’s pavilions focus on sustainability and health at Gulfood

by Madaline Dunn

Gulfood Manufacturing is being held the Dubai World Trade Centre, and running until 9 November 2023. At the event, French exhibitors will be spread over two pavilions, Hall 8 and Sheikh Saeed 1 Hall, with the aim of forging new partnerships, signing agreements, and fostering collaboration with professionals in the food and agricultural equipment industries across the Middle East.

The “Ingredients” pavilion will include 20 food processing companies specialising in the food processing sector (Hall 8).

Simultaneously, the “Equipment” pavilion hosts 28 companies specialising in agricultural, agri-food equipment, and logistics, ( Sheikh Saeed 1 Hall).

To meet the requirements of the UAE market, participants will showcase their latest offerings in agriculture, preservation, pasteurisation, hygiene and food packaging. These include irrigation equipment, conservation systems to prevent food waste, and cooling equipment to reduce water consumption.

In ingredients, the exhibiting specialists will spotlight preservative-free, mould-free, pesticide-free and antibiotic-free food products from a wide range of agri-food sectors.

Exhibiting companies will also be offering alternatives to fertilisers and flavour correctors.

As the fifth largest European exporter of food ingredients to the UAE, France’s two main exports are dairy ingredients (23% of total exports) and ingredients for bread, pastries and croissants (13.8% of total exports). Between 2016 and 2021, French exports increased by 34.2% worldwide. French exports to the region are also increasing for dairy products (sixth supplier to the UAE), fruit (4% increase in 2021) and agricultural equipment.

Axel Baroux, French Trade & Invest Commissioner, commented: “Participating in Gulfood Manufacturing 2023 to develop a strong presence in the Middle East isn’t just a strategic move, it’s a priority for France. The French presence at the show is set to showcase rich, high-quality French agrifood innovations. At the heart of this dynamic presence, visitors can expect a fusion of flavors and cutting-edge equipment designed to captivate the Middle East’s food industry. As a top European exporter to the region, France’s commitment to delivering superior ingredients and equipment aligns with its stringent food safety standards. While combining its innovative prowess and culinary expertise, France makes it an ideal partner for a market that’s expanding, catering to a burgeoning population and attracting increasing tourism”.

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