Gulfood Manufacturing moved to 2021 over coronavirus pandemic

The organisers of the major global equipment and systems trade fair Gulfood Manufacturing have confirmed the annual event scheduled for this November will be postponed until next year, amid ongoing concerns over coronavirus, reports Neill Barston

As one of the UAE region’s most significant equipment and systems shows for the confectionery, bakery and wider food markets, it has now been confirmed to be staged again between 7-9 November 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Confectionery Production understands that its parallel sweets show, Yummex, will also be moved correspondingly, though dates for that sector showcase, which have highlighted a growing market for major international and artisan confectionery lines, have yet to be announced.

From our coverage of last year’s event, Gulfood Manufacturing has proved significant to many businesses across the equipment, ingredients and solutions market segments, attracting a global audience of around 30,000 visitors, with GCC economy estimates placing the manufacturing sector at a value of more than $10 billion, as the region seeks to diversify from its traditional strength within the oil sector.

Mark Napier, group director for the Dubai World Trade Centre, issued a statement today confirming the decision, confirmed the new 2021 dates, which follow similar announcements for shows across the sector, including the World Expo event which had been due to coincide with Gulfood Manufacturing, and will now run from October next year.

He said: “While this decision will disappoint many who have come to rely upon the event as an important showcase of the latest manufacturing business improvement tools, the forward planning and advance logistics necessary to deliver an international event of such scale is not possible for many partners and exporters given current uncertainty surrounding travel and quarantine restrictions.

“This has particular impact upon food producers and manufacturers as they tackle the challenges around food security and safety. In light of the above, it is eminently sensible to reschedule the event and the next edition of Gulfood Manufacturing will now be held from 7-9 November 2021. Please do reach out to us at [email protected] for any questions and clarifications.”

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