16 - 20 FEBRUARY 2020

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Gulfood Innovation Summit

Gulfood Innovation Summit

100 of the brightest brains in the business are “Rethinking Food” 

Take part in steering the food and beverage ecosystem towards a sustainable and prosperous future.

As the historical milestone coincides with Expo 2020 Dubai preparations, and the city is gearing up towards hosting the world, we are cooking something very special for the 2020 edition of the Innovation Summit on the 17-19 February 2020.

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This coming decade is pivotal for numerous reasons and we have much to look forward to.


Under the theme “Rethinking Food”, Gulfood is bringing together the world’s most influential chefs, food scientists, government officials and industry leaders who are at the forefront of innovation to discuss and shape the future of food and gastronomy as we will delve into topics revolving around:

•    Governments’ role in shaping the future of food
•    Adapting to healthier, sustainable lifestyles
•    F&B Marketing, Tourism and Retail
•    Leveraging emerging and future food technologies
•    Halal food: Gateways to a market worth billions
•    Country focus: Saudi culinary scene

And many more.

Meet our 2020 Speakers

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2020 SUMMIT AGENDA

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17 Feb 2020
  1. Have you ever sat in a super busy restaurant, every table full and looked at the restaurant right next door to find it completely empty! What is the recipe for success?  This food for thought report o ...
  2. Ever since the first camel train crossed the desert sands carrying spices to new markets, food has been one of the foundation stones of global trade. The spice route or maritime silk road of yesteryea ...
  3. If the global population will grow from 7 to 9 billion by 2050 and 1 billion of that population growth will be in Africa, what will be the impact on food supply? Inevitably Africa must represent the s ...
  4. The scale of economic and social reform taking place in the Kingdom is matched only by the scale of the opportunity for the F&B industry. How will your business adapt? Receive the latest update on new ...
  5. Hailed as the world’s greatest show, Expo 2020 will leave a lasting impression and legacy for the region. We ask what role will food play in shaping the event, the industry and visitor experience? -In ...
  6. The global halal food market has shown impressive growth and shows no sign of slowing. With recent forecasts of 8% CAGR it is a sector every food business ignores at its peril, not just in traditional ...
  7. “The Middle East and Asia Pacific are forecast to have the highest GDP growth of any region in the world: 4.9% compared to North America at 1.2%” states a Euromonitor 2019 report. Food companies are l ...
18 Feb 2020
  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is ideally suited to the complexity of today’s food industry challenges. Machine learning and deep learning are two of the most common algorithms in AI. They learn from da ...
  2. In 2013 the food industry was rocked when horse meat was found in Europe in products that did not list it as an ingredient. Blockchain provides a tamper-proof ledger that has the potential to make foo ...
  3. Plant-based burgers are one of the hottest trends in the food industry. But burgers aren't the only way that plant-based is disrupting center-of-plate protein. This presentation will offer predictions ...
  4. The growth in vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian diets seems to be gaining momentum with a plethora of health and environmental studies promoting plant strong diets now reaching our TV screens with increa ...
  5. The seemingly unstoppable rise of alternative milk or plant based ‘milks’ have come a long way. There are now so many alternative ‘alternatives’ to meet the demand of a market witnessing such phenomen ...
  6. According to the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 countries on various health factors, Spain takes the crown in world’s healthiest country due to their “Mediterranean Diet”.  S ...
  7. While ‘Rethinking Food’ often evokes notions of future technologies, exotic proteins or logistical challenges, there are fundamental dimensions that one needs to consider when rethinking food: Histori ...
  8. Food systems are integral to the health of people and the sustainability of the planet. Developing diverse, sustainable, efficient, nutritious and healthy food systems will be essential to achieve the ...
19 Feb 2020
  1. As customers’ expectations evolve, consumers will increasingly shop food and groceries using their mobile phone apps and e-commerce platforms. In order to thrive in this high expectation consumer spac ...
  2. It is no easy task, rethinking food. And while we are figuring out what we will be eating tomorrow, Ryo Muramatsu, 50 times nominee, 7 times awarded actor, film director and artist, is thinking about ...
  3. Online shopping has revolutionised the way consumers access goods and information, but this revolution is experiencing a reversal. This presentation highlights consumers' shopping behaviours and the d ...
  4. According to market research company IRI Worldwide, 44% of snack consumption occurs at night. Those midnight munchies add up to over US$1 billion each week. It might be a nightmare for the health cons ...
  5. The big food industry is facing unprecedented challenges in gaining trust from consumers who want their food choices to be more aligned with their values. How are consumer trends shaping the future of ...
  6. Estimates from IRI and Nielsen suggest e-commerce, which includes D2C, will account for around 50% of CPG sales growth in the US through 2025. In comparison, overall CPG sales grew by a mere 2% in con ...
  7. Retailers have been developing and strengthening their own in-house brands including premium product lines. This has created a crowded marketplace in which manufacturers must adapt to ensure a healthy ...
  8. The young population demographics, boost in tourism and the increasing popularity of the shopping centres in the region has created a huge growth in F&B, entertainment and leisure opportunities. This ...
  9. Foreign Affairs Minister to French King Louis XVIII, Talleyrand, used to say, “There is no good diplomacy without good meals”. Chefs are cultural  emissaries as much as artists and scientists. This am ...
  10. Fast food disrupted the restaurant industry when it emerged. And it is now itself being disrupted. Better informed consumers and new technologies are challenging the status quo.  This session will hig ...
  11. Street food is embedded in the core of the cultural and financial composition of many cities and sustains the liveliness of urban centers. This session will shed light on: -Leveraging street and herit ...

Early bird ends 6 Feb 2020!

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