DUBAI, 5th October, 2022 (WAM) — The third edition of the Future Food Forum 2022, organized and hosted by the UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Business Group, in partnership with Dubai Chamber and Food Tech Valley, kicked off today, covering topics including sustainability, food safety, retail supply chain management, digital technologies and the future of agriculture, among other topics.
Taking place at the Grand Hyatt Dubai on October 5 and 6, the Future Food Forum will welcome a delegation of over 600 C-level people including ministers, senior officials, business leaders, academics and representatives of global brands and local start-ups as well as international experts. from Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, UK, USA, France, Switzerland and Denmark to discuss future opportunities and challenges facing the sector. The Forum is supported by leading F&B manufacturers and technology companies, including Agthia, IFFCo, Nestlé and GE.
In his opening speech, Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy, highlighted the need for the UAE to improve local food production and technology adoption in the sector. He said the UAE is the world’s second largest agricultural and processed food re-export market after the United States and plays a vital role in maintaining food and agricultural supplies in the region.
He added: “To achieve the objective of food security, the UAE has adopted the Model Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). Under this scheme, the UAE has so far entered into three CEPAs with India, Indonesia and Israel and are in talks with several other strategic partners.”
Saleh Lootah, President of UAE F&B Manufacturers Group, said, “We are honored to host the third edition of the Future Food Forum, which highlights the rapid evolution of the food industry. We have learned a lot from the challenges of the pandemic and climate change that have disrupted the food chain in recent years. Today, we know that the key to progress in the F&B sector lies in collaboration between the F&B sector, regulators and academia. With the Future Food Forum, we aim to provide in-depth insights into the value of innovation, sustainability and digitization, knowledge sharing and a platform for collaboration to transform the F&B sector and open up the way to a sustainable future.
The Future Food Forum 2022 once again brings together stakeholders for in-depth and engaging discussions to promote a circular economy and pave the way for the transformation of food manufacturing.
Key leaders from the Future Food Forum 2022 will highlight the challenges and opportunities available and explain why government organizations and local and international manufacturers must play their part in the F&B sector to contribute to the sustainable economic growth and food security of the region.
The two-day event includes several panel discussions to assess F&B activities and government engagement with manufacturers. Topics to focus on include sustainable food manufacturing, innovative strategies to promote food safety, digitalization in F&B manufacturing, circular economy, innovation, and regulatory challenges and opportunities.