With the Muslim population currently standing at 1.6 billion and the second-largest worldwide, and with cultural strictures that demand the consumption of Halal-certified foods – particularly meat and poultry, opportunities for food manufacturers and processors to capitalize on the significant revenues offered by this target segment abound. Those in the Middle East and South East Asia regions, in particular, are in strong positions to leverage their geographic location in what are already well-established Islamic economies.

In addition to the Middle East, which is well-established as a halal food manufacturing and processing region, neighbouring markets such as India are also looking to grow their Halal meat production industry to capitalize on global demand. As of 2015, India is now the world’s largest red meat exporter, widening its lead over other more established players such as Brazil and Australia.

With a domestic Halal food market valued above US$100 million last year, according to the latest Thompson Reuters Global Islamic Economy report, Turkey is also growing its export market globally, driving investment in sectors such as Halal poultry processing.

Gulfood Manufacturing, the region’s largest sector specific trade show for the F&B manufacturing, processing and packaging industry, takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 27-29 October and is well situated to highlight the opportunities and meet the needs of manufacturers looking to grow their business in this sector.  With more than 1,500 exhibitors from 60 countries confirmed to introduce the latest equipment, ingredients, packaging and technologies to the region, the show provides an invaluable platform for the region’s food manufacturers and processors to access the necessary elements required to raise  standards, increase production capacity and meet requirements of growing sectors, such as Halal.

Among the focus areas for Halal meat and poultry production and trade are pre- and post-slaughtering procedures to ensure quality, livestock management and slaughterhouse automation.  Equally important are the use of modern machinery, packaging solutions and tools, as well as training – all easily accessed through Gulfood Manufacturing.

Gulfood Manufacturing is open between 10am-6pm from 27 – 28 October  and 10am-5pm on 29 October 2015 at DWTC. Visitor attendance is free of charge.