Government ministers, top level officials, international industry leaders and food business experts will come together in Dubai to continue global dialogue and knowledge exchange, as Gulfood 2015 – the world’s biggest annual food and hospitality show – marks its landmark 20th anniversary.

Taking place February 8–12 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Gulfood 2015 will play host to the Gulfood Leaders Events – a series of high-level conferences addressing key topics on the global food industry agenda that are paramount for a secure, sustainable food future both regionally and around the world.

Beyond its position as one of the highest volume trading platforms of any international food industry trade show, Gulfood remains the centre of knowledge exchange for many food-related sectors. At the highest level, Gulfood 2015 will host the World Food Security Summit – one of the world’s most important platforms for addressing global food security action plans and policies – on Monday 9th February.

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Heavy reliance on imports, population growth, increasing demand for animal protein and limited water supply make the issue of food security particularly relevant for the region. While 1.3bn tonnes of food are lost or wasted globally every year (Food and Agriculture Organisation – United Nations), demand for food worldwide is predicted to increase by 60 per cent by 2050. The World Food Security Summit will bring together key global policy makers and senior industry professionals to explore strategies and solutions that address a sustainable global agriculture industry, policy reforms, international farmland acquisition strategies and domestic agriculture initiatives amongst others.

On Tuesday 10th February, Gulfood 2015 will play host to the Halal Investment Conference – a sector of increasing financial importance for the global food and beverage industry. Accounting for almost one-fifth of world food trade, halal produce and policy continues to be a key topic on the Gulfood agenda and the Halal Investment Conference will bring together key halal sector players and senior government decision makers to discuss commercial and business opportunities presented by the $1.1 trillion global halal market.

Finally, food franchising – one of the growth drivers of the regional hospitality market – also enjoys a dedicated platform this year, with an effective network of entrepreneurs, franchisors, franchisees and investors sharing insights, trends and opportunities at The Food Franchising Forum on Wednesday 11th February. An essential guide to food franchising, the conference is especially pertinent as the UAE is a strategic point-of-entry for the growing number of international brands expanding into the GCC and the wider region.