Logistics forum to offer insights on F&B industry
Dubai, November 10, 2013
Challenges facing the region’s logistics and transportation players in the food and beverage industry are set to be addressed at a major forum to be held in Dubai next week.
The Food Logistics Forum will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre on November 17 and 18 and runs alongside three leading food industry shows – Seafex, The Speciality Food Festival and Sweets, and Snacks Middle East.
The forum will help address the critical issues shaping the future profitability of the entire food value chain, said a statement.
It 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.
GCC is a major hub in the global food logistics’ market, currently importing 90 per cent of its food exports with a market value that is forecast to increase to $53.1 billion by 2020, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. Global transportation and logistics players are looking to the GCC for growth opportunities.
Trixie Loh Mirmand, 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 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.”
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 forum offers a great opportunity to analyse the current trends, challenges and solutions that impact the regional market.” - TradeArabia News Service