Members of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry held the Gulfood Breakfast Briefing of the recent Gulfood conference at the Dubai World Trade Center.
“Dubai is a significant link in the GCC’s food chain," Chamber Vice President of International Relations Hassan Al Hashemi said. "The emirate is the region’s major re-exporting hub, supported by strong logistics and well-established transportation routes. Domestically, Dubai also has a vibrant F&B (food and beverage) sector that will continue to grow at its current fast pace supported by widespread developments across the emirate."
Al Hashemi addressed the breakfast gathering of more than 140 delegates representing 26 countries from around the world, including ambassadors from Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Citing projected increases in fresh food sales of 800,000 tons over the next three years and projected sales growth of nearly $2 billion over the same period, Al Hashemi pitched the UAE as a strategically located, established food hub with momentum that merits increased international partnership.
In addition to projected growth in the fresh food industry, Al Hashemi cited similar growth projection numbers for soft drinks and hot drinks.
The breakfast briefing was part of the 21st annual Gulfood conference, which was expected to draw more than 5,000 companies from more than 120 countries.