Gulfood Manufacturing gives green light for sustainable packaging
Global packaging companies at the sixth edition of Gulfood Manufacturing are showcasing an abundance of sustainable packaging products this year, which are in line with changing consumer trends.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), on Tuesday inaugurated the event, along with three other sector-specific global food trade platforms at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
Sheikh Ahmed was accompanied by Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority and director general of Dubai's Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The delegation toured the inaugural Private Label & Licensing Middle East, the Mena region's only dedicated trade platform for the lucrative private label and licensing; Gulfood Manufacturing, the largest food and beverage processing and packaging show for the Middle East, Asia and Africa; as well as yummex Middle East and SEAFEX Middle East, a pair of food industry events homing in on confectioneries and seafood, respectively.
Held under the umbrella of the Gulfood power brand, which is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020, the four trade platforms have attracted more than 2,800 collective exhibitors, highlighting the rapid transformation and exhaustive opportunities available for smart FMCG innovators and early adopters across a multitude of food-influenced industries, including retail, hospitality, aviation and more.
"The inaugural edition of first Private Label & Licensing Middle East is a direct response to exhibitor and visitor demand for a dedicated private label, brand licensing and contract manufacturing event," said Trixie LohMirmand, SVP of Exhibitions and Events, DWTC. "The fact Private Label & Licensing Middle East is being held under our Gulfood power brand highlights the abundant opportunities available in this growing segment, although the spectrum of possibilities extends right across the FMCG product sphere. This strategic co-location enables unprecedented cross-sector business facilitation, thereby reinforcing Dubai's strategic position as a gateway to multi-industry opportunities across our footprint markets."