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Dubai, UAE: October 2021: The second edition of the Future Food Forum, hosted by the UAE Food & Beverages Manufacturers Group, is set to take place this October 19 and 20 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai, bringing together more than 500 industry leaders to discuss future trends that will shape the F&B manufacturing sector.

The two-day event will feature keynote
addresses from UAE leadership and global brands  on wide-ranging topics that will emphasise the
vital role of F&B manufacturing in supporting economies.

Saleh Lootah, Chairman of the UAE Food
& Beverages Manufacturers Group, said: “The Future Food 2021 has an
important role in driving dialogue and tangible action to support localized
F&B manufacturing, which is critical to enhancing national food security.
The event is specifically curated to complement the vision of the UAE to build
localised manufacturing capabilities through the ‘Make it in the Emirates’
initiative and to build a strong F&B supply chain.

He added: “According to research by Dubai
Chamber, the UAE has been making steady advancements in the Global Food
Security Index, and is the best performer in the GCC. However, the pandemic has
impacted the industry, especially the SME sector, and with the UAE being the
first in driving economic recovery, we have a strong opportunity to build the
sector bigger, better and stronger. In this the drivers of growth will be a
focus on innovation, digital transformation of process, smart supply chain
management, efficient last mile delivery, and ensuring sustainability as a core
function. These themes will be discussed at length at the Forum.”

Several distinguished personalities will
address the event, including H.E. Mariam Bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri,
UAE Minister of  Climate Change and
Environment; Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP WORLD, UAE
REGION & JAFZA; Tamer Mosalem, VP and GM Gulf and Levant Foods, PEPSICO;
Paul Epperson, Vice President, Global Chief Commercial Officer-Manufacturing,
GE DIGITAL; Grazielle Parenti, Global VP Corporate Affairs, Reputation and
Sustainability, BRF; Duncan McCulloch, General Manager, MARS WRIGLEY Middle
East & Africa; Andrey Dvoychenkov, Managing Director, NIELSEN Arabian
Peninsula & Pakistan; Andrew Taylor, President Growth Markets, TATE &
LYLE; Kate Goodman, President, Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan,
Mondelēz International and more.

Sumeet Mathur, Conference Chairperson, and Managing
Director, of FrieslandCampina, Middle East & North Africa, said: “The first
edition of the Future Food held in Dec 2019 generated a lot of interest. We
continued to host a full series of webinars addressing key topics during the
pandemic. Now as Dubai is opening up, we are happy to be welcoming you back at
a physical event at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, one of the first events at the
Expo 2020 Dubai. We will bring all the relevant stakeholders of the food
ecosystem together under one roof to look at all of the opportunities and ideas
to drive the industry forward. The topics we see relevant to the industry today
are regulatory, sustainability, manufacturing, consumer trends, e-commerce,
people, women in food and innovation.” H.E. Mariam Bint M. Al Mheiri will deliver a
keynote on the future of F&B business and the government’s commitment to
manufacturers, and panel discussions will be held on wide-ranging topics
including the tariff and regulatory situation, F&B manufacturing leadership
amidst a global pandemic; reducing packaging and waste; sustainability across
the F&B business, new consumer trends, and why innovation is the answer,
among others.

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