21 - 25 FEBRUARY 2021

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Gulfood Innovation Summit

Gulfood Innovation Summit

The brightest brains in the business are “Rethinking Food” 

As brightest minds in the F&B business walk up to take their seats, the audience is presented with a lineup of superstars, and 2020 was overwhelmingly rich in speakers and content all Rethinking Food.

3 days of high-level, curated content

70+ speakers & trailblazing Food Topics:

  • Heather Mills – founder – Vbites - Tackling global crisis with algae
  • Prince Waleed Al Saud – President Restaurants and Cafes Association - Rethinking food and achieving zero hunger
  • Darine El Khatib – Fao Goodwill Ambassador - Rethinking food and achieving zero hunger
  • Massimo Bottura – Celebrity Chef – Founder – Osteria Francescana - Valuing the potential in all things
  • Che Chartrand – Chef to the Prime Minister of Canada - Integrating culture with food diplomacy
  • H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mehairi Minister of State for Food Security, United Arab Emirates - Rethinking food
  • Antonio Pedro Mendes Head nutritionist, FC Porto (CxO) – Eat like a champion
  • Ryotaro Muramatsu Ceo, N a k e d Inc. - Weaving art, sophistication and technology to elevate the dining experience

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 pace of change is fast, but product innovation takes time. Food and Beverage companies need to look ahead to understand emerging trends and future-proof their innovation pipelines.  This session w ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. “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 ...
  9. Re-engineering traditional business models to react to fast-scaling competition and a world of tech-enabled, on-demand expectations Extending the definition of ‘natural’ for a new generation – and bal ...
18 Feb 2020
  1. Although some progress has been made in the last decades, according to the World Health Organization, about one out of seven people still suffers from hunger or undernourishment in 2020. Join this ses ...
  2. In the last 10 years more and more scandals affected the food industry regarding fraud around ingredients and products, including type of ingredients, origin of raw material, quality of products and e ...
  3. Plant-based eating and alternative proteins is perhaps the hottest topic in all of food and nutrition. As consumers seek healthier, more sustainable and ethical animal products, alternatives have spru ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. The growth in vegan, vegetarian, and 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 i ...
  6. AI is ideally suited to the complexity of today’s food industry challenges. Machine learning, computer vision and deep learning are the most common techniques in AI: How can you harness and benefit fr ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. Chef Massimo Bottura, the Founder of “Food for Soul”, along with three world-renowned chefs will have a conversation about how chefs help change eating behaviours and thereby deliver on the UN Sustain ...
  11. 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. In a region where food waste is becoming a critical, where water is already scarce and rainfall a rarity, the F&B industry has a big role to play in managing our most precious resources. What the priv ...
  2. The beverage market is becoming more and more consolidated, the market is now being led by fewer and fewer big businesses. There are new beverage entrants, companies crossing over from one category to ...
  3. Rethinking food is no easy task. 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 how ...
  4. Digital is transforming the brick and mortar retailers by offering choices which were unheard of in the past. The next revolution is going to come when the digital omnichannel customer experience is c ...
  5. Portion size, easy to digest…how to crack into the localized-flavour snack market? Innovative ingredients to achieve differentiation and meet consumer needs Product formulas that promote good health   ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Heather Mills is the leading pioneer of plant-based alternative food in the meat, fish and dairy industry for over 26years. Founder and owner of award winning vegan food company, VBites, Heather has s ...
  8. The International Diabetes Federation projects that the number of Indians with diabetes will soar to 123 million by 2040. Currently, 5% of the Indian population suffers from diabetes and being told yo ...
  9. A different number of food safety schemes and standards are used worldwide to ensure food safety “from farm to fork”. This session will shortly present the different accreditation programs for food sa ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. The oral beauty market is a fascinating area which in the last decade has faced dramatic changes due to various economic, social and cultural transformation. Growth of this market is now driven by the ...
  12. This session will focus on the scale and imminent nature of food and water security challenges, and how sustainable agriculture using agriculture technology (AgTech) can provide a solution to these ch ...

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