DUBAI: The future of food is here – at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018, the 5th edition of the region’s biggest food and beverage processing industry event taking place this week at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
With more than 35,000 visitors expected to descend on three-day expo seeking the latest solutions to feed the needs of an ever-evolving industry being shaped by technological developments and changing consumer habits, the Gulfood Manufacturing ‘Innovation Tours’ provide direct access to the new-to-market, cutting-edge products and services driving the future of food and beverage production.
The tours, which take place three times a day, are a convenient way to navigate an effective and efficient path through the 80,000 square metres of exhibition space, encompassing 1,600 local and international exhibitors across 16 halls, covering core industry sectors: Ingredients, Processing, Packaging, Automation & Controls and Supply Chain Solutions.
Germany-headquartered GEA, one of the largest suppliers of technology to the food processing industry, took the opportunity to show those taking part in the first Innovation Tour its ‘Smart Packer’: a swift, convenient and completely automated food packing system, which will help local producers develop the ‘Smart Factories’ of the future. The Smart Packer is “highly flexible, low maintenance and very use to own, use and operate,” said GEA spokesperson Ralph Arends.
Multivac, a leading global provider of packaging solutions, launched a new recyclable food packaging material – paper board – during the tour, with Amir Sotoudeh, Multivac Middle East Managing Director, revealing that he is seeing great demand for greener packaging solutions, from both food manufacturers and consumers. He said: “We are looking forward to supporting our main markets, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – with this packaging – which makes products look natural and appealing, while being more environmentally-friendly.
Global technology powerhouse Siemens is taking advantage of Gulfood Manufacturing’s massive industry-specific audience to reveal its food and beverage digitization solutions. From product conception to testing, Siemens provides online assistance until products are released into the real world. From its regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi, Siemens aims to help the food and beverage industry digitize the entire value chain.
Germany’s Dohler, a producer of technology-based natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry, is highlighting its innovation in healthier ingredients and beverages. “We are one of the world’s largest producers of natural ingredients, and we are seeing a move towards heathier ingredients. This year, we are showcasing a range of new dried berry and fruit products, as well as some exciting low-sugar fruit beverages,” said spokesperson Pamela Kohle.
“The food processing and supply sector is being challenged like never before to keep up with rapidly changing consumer trends and technological advances. Changing tastes and technology represent a host of opportunities and initiatives such as the Innovation Tours demonstrate how Gulfood Manufacturing is assisting and guiding the world’s leading manufacturers, suppliers and end users in this bright new world.”
“This year’s show is underpinned by the rise of the fourth industrial revolution, combining automation and robotics with the likes of artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), but it still takes human ingenuity to create the next-gen automation in focus across the floor,” said said Mark Napier, Show Director, Gulfood Manufacturing 2018.
The Innovation Tours take place three times a day, at 11am, 2pm and 4pm – starting from the Manufacturing Advice Centre in the Trade Centre Arena. With limited spaces, the tours are hosted by official media partner Food Business Gulf & Middle East. Advance booking is required at http://www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com/features/onsite-demos-and-innovation-tours.
Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 is open from 10am – 6pm on 6-7 November, and 10am – 5pm on 8 November. The show is only open to food and beverage trade professionals. News Desk