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Over 400 leading global brands to take part in Saudi food show

RIYADH, April 22, 2024

The inaugural edition of SaudiFood Manufacturing exhibition will convene over 400 global brands from 35 countries for the first time in the kingdom, including industry powerhouses. 
 
The top brands include AMC, Anasia, Apical, Brenntag, Buhler Chemco FSL, CGS, Clextral, Cybernetik Technologies, IFFCO, Kanoo Machinery, Multivac, Novonesis, Senovia and many others. 
 
The first dedicated F&B manufacturing event in the kingdom spanning processing, packaging and ingredients; will be the launchpad for the industry to take its place at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation. 
 
SaudiFood Show
Following the highly successful launch of The SaudiFood Show, the largest food event in the kingdom, organisers KAOUN International and dmg events, today unveiled highlights of the much-anticipated SaudiFood Manufacturing event, taking place at Riyadh Front from April 30 to May 2, under the patronage of the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim AlKhorayef.
 
Underpinning the fast-growing F&B market in Saudi Arabia - currently worth around $60 billion and growing at 4% per year, the Saudi F&B manufacturing industry is on the cusp of a step change in its growth and importance within the nation’s economy.
 
Trixie LohMirmand, CEO of KAOUN International, commented: "The launch of SaudiFood Manufacturing coincides with a pivotal moment in the F&B manufacturing industry, both in Saudi Arabia and globally. To achieve the ambitious goals of Vision 2030, the Saudi government is focusing on diversifying the nation's industrial base, while enhancing the security and resilience of food systems, encouraging investments in F&B manufacturing to establish the kingdom as a prominent global F&B hub. Concurrently, rapid technological advancements are revolutionising the industry by enhancing efficiency, quality, and safety while reducing costs. 
 
“The show will provide participants with valuable insights into these market dynamics, showcasing how leading global players are addressing them and how businesses can effectively leverage these trends.”
 
Strong official backing for first edition
One of the key forces driving Saudi Arabia’s industrial transformation, and creating an attractive environment for inward investment and innovation, is the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (Modon). The Strategic Partner for the launch edition. 
 
Ali Alomeir, VP of Business Development at Modon, said: “After the success of the first edition of the Saudi Food Show last year, the first edition of the SaudiFood Manufacturing Show 2024 also comes with a strategic partnership with Modon, reflecting Modon’s pivotal role in achieving the goals of the National Strategy for Industry, and the Saudi Vision 2030, to achieve food security and effectively contribute to diversifying the national economy.” 
 
He added: “Modon currently supervises 36 industrial cities throughout Saudi Arabia, which are considered integrated industrial and investment communities in accordance with the best international standards. They include an advanced system of industrial, logistical and service capabilities, and technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to localise local and global private sector investments, stimulate entrepreneurship projects and small- and medium-sized enterprises, and support supply chains. 
 
“This includes providing developed industrial lands, support units, and ready to use factories, among others, in addition to creating smart solutions to preserve the environment, reduce carbon emissions, and support the concepts of humanisation and quality of life, within the framework of the Modon’s strategy to transform the cities into green industrial cities.”
 
Food factories
Modon hosts the largest concentration of food factories in the country, totaling over 1,200 establishments. It has experienced remarkable growth, surpassing 31% in recent years. Modon aims to become the preferred hub for both local and international food industry firms. 
 
This entails fostering an inviting investment atmosphere conducive to the sector's advancement and prosperity. By offering robust industrial infrastructure, logistical support, and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, Modon aligns with the National Strategy for Industry, prioritising the localisation of key sectors like food and beverage to enhance the kingdom's food security in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030.
 
For professionals in F&B manufacturing, spanning processing, packaging, ingredients, supply chain solutions, and control & automation, the SaudiFood Manufacturing Show offers a strategic platform abundant with opportunities to discover tailored solutions for their businesses. 
 
Full of opportunities
“Saudi Arabia's food market is a growing arena full of opportunities for innovation and fruitful collaboration. Al Azzaz, now being Brenntag BSP Nutrition, is attending the inaugural SaudiFood Manufacturing exhibition in Riyadh with a deep commitment to developing solid relationships. 
 
“Cementing our dedication to driving innovation and growth within Saudi Arabia’s food sector we are pleased to announce our investment and upcoming launch of Brenntag’s new Innovation and Application Centre, which will open in Riyadh in 2024. This centre will serve as a lighthouse of innovation, highlighting Brenntag Specialties' investment and unwavering belief in how important it is for us to be close to our customers,” said Brenntag Nutrition-EMEA President, Frank Haven.
 
Under the theme “Building the Food Manufacturing Ecosystem of the Future”, over 50 international experts, thought leaders, policy- and decision-makers are already confirmed to speak at the first Food Forward Summit - many of them for the first time in Saudi Arabia. 
The Food Forward Summit will be the first and only chance in Saudi Arabia to access new trends, best practices, insights, opportunities, and lessons on the biggest topics facing the industry, ranging from green solutions such as carbon credits and upcycled and biodegradable packaging, smarter manufacturing and supply chain solutions, to deployment of advanced food tech including robotics, automation, digitalisation, data analytics and AI, funding sources including venture capital, innovations in ingredients including sugar replacements, functional and fortified foods, plant-based foods, cultured meat, free-from and more. 
 
Industry leaders giving their perspectives from the cutting edge of F&B manufacturing include: Space nutritionist and CEO of FOODiQ - Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore; Global Leading Futurist, Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author - Ross Dawson; Senior Futurist & Head of Innovation and Technology, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies - Bugge Holm Hansen; Founder and CEO of Vow - George Peppou; CEO of Ivy Farms Technologies - Richard Dillon; Founder of Cornucopia FutureScapes – Luke Tay; Dr Ahmed El-Sohemy, Professor, University of Toronto & Founder & Chief Science Officer, Nutrigenomix Inc. and many more. 
 
SaudiFood Manufacturing is affiliated with leading trade event Gulfood Manufacturing.--TradeArabia News Service
 



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