According to the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Minister of Foreign Trade, a surging population, rising commodity prices and food scarcity are posing both risks and opportunities to import-dependent Gulf countries. Though UAE imports 80% of its food worth about $3 billion, it is the Gulf's second largest food market and accounts for over 18% of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)'s total food consumption.
Addressing these challenges and opportunities, Heike van de Kerkhof, director, Packaging & Industrial Polymers (P&IP), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Food Growth director, EMEA, delivered a keynote speech during the Gulfood Conferences.
“Middle East consumers want safe, nutritious food, and DuPont is committed to ensuring food security at the local level,” Heike said. “At DuPont, we believe that science and innovation is the key to solving the world’s biggest challenges. Although science provides universal answers, solutions must be local due to variations in climate, soils, cultural traditions, and other factors.”
Gulfood, the world’s largest food and hospitality trade show, was held in Dubai, UAE recently. The show saw record numbers: 65,000 trade visitors with over 3,800 exhibitors from more than 88 countries.