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90pc of food expo sold out

Dubai, October 7, 2009

More than 90 per cent of the allocated space at the region’s largest trade exhibition for food, drink, foodservice and hospitality equipment has been sold, organisers said.

The 15th edition of Gulfood is set to take place from February 21 to 24, 2010 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Dicec).

“Essential goods and services such as food and drink have remained strong during the past year, and there are many opportunities for growth in the GCC,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organisers of the event.

“New international companies are looking to break into the Middle East for the first time, and the proven popularity of Gulfood highlights just how important this region is to their overall business plan.”

Gulfood 2010 will take place all within one venue thanks to the opening of the new Sheikh Saeed Halls at Dicec, utilising the full one million square metres.

Restaurant & Café, and Ingredients Middle East will also take place alongside the show at Dicec to allow industry buyers to source everything in one visit.

“The Hershey Company is excited to exhibit for the first time at Gulfood 2010,” said Tim Dunigan, senior VP international sales, the Hershey Company.

“Gulfood allows us to share with key retailers, distributors and buyers our exciting growth plans for our brands and products in the Middle East and surrounding markets,” he added.

The representation of 75 countries so far also heralds the international market’s recognition of the exhibition as an essential event on the food business’ calendar, and emphasises its appeal as a vital platform for industry growth.

GGC spending on food imports is set to more than double from $24 billion in 2008 to $49 billion by 2020, said a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. – TradeArabia News Service




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