Future Food Forum 2021

19 - 20 OCTOBER, DUBAI EXHIBITION CENTRE EXPO 2020 DUBAI, UAE

Future Food Forum 2021

A regional gathering for thought leaders to share best practice, review forecasts and address opportunities the UAE’s food and beverage business.

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Transforming the future of food and beverage manufacturing

On behalf of Future Food Forum 2021, it is my great pleasure to invite you to join us at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai.

The theme for Future Food Forum 2021 is “Transforming the Future of Food and Beverage Manufacturing”. More than a tagline, it’s a promise to create an event that is authentic to food and beverage manufacturers; our challenges, opportunities and future.

I invite you to hear first-hand the insights and visions of pioneers, leadership, and most importantly to join the conversation on the challenges faced by government and the private sector for the ultimate advancements of the industry.

See you there.

Regards,

Saleh Lootah
Chairman
UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group

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Speakers of Future Food Forum 2021

Hear from over 50+ industry leaders as they delve deep into key strategies for core issues faced by the industry, and more at the 2-day Future Food 2021 Forum.

  • H.E. Mariam Bint M. Al Mheiri

    H.E. Mariam Bint M. Al Mheiri

    Minister of State for Food and Water Security, UAE

  • Saleh Lootah

    Saleh Lootah

    Chairman, UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, UAE

  • Alan Smith

    Alan Smith

    CEO, Agthia

  • Tareq ElSakka

    Tareq ElSakka

    CEO, Dubai Refreshments Company

  • Ahmad Belyouha

    Ahmad Belyouha

    Chairman, Emirates Macaroni Factory

  • Abdulmajeed Al Otaibi

    Abdulmajeed Al Otaibi

    Head of Regulatory Affairs, NESTLE MENA

  • Fethi Khiari

    Fethi Khiari

    CEO, United Foods

  • Mubarak Al Mansoori

    Mubarak Al Mansoori

    Chief Human Resources & Corporate Services Officer, Agthia

400+

industry delegates

50+

renowned speakers

24+

participating countries

20+

hours of high-value content

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Future Food Forum 2021 programme

FUTURE F&B MANUFACTURING

8:00

Registration

8:00

CEO roundatable session 1

Led by Ministry of Food Security and Water with F&B CEOs
By invitation only (Seminar room 1)
8:30

Speed networking

We understand you are to learn but you are also here to network and we want to ensure you get the most effective networking throughout the event. This session is speed networking, grab your business, prepare your 30 second intro as you are going to have the opportunity to meet the leaders in the industry in the next 15 minutes.
9:00

Welcome address

THE FUTURE OF FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESS - THE F&B MANUFACTURER'S COMMITMENT TO THE UAE
Now in its eighth successful year, the UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group provide an industry update on the most recent developments and criticial changes affecting the local and global market. Sharing insights into the progress made by the Group and predictions for the future in relation to local capabilities, stakeholder regulation and working towards a quality and collaborative future.
9:15

Keynote

THE FUTURE OF FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESS - THE GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO MANUFACTURERS
This keynote will share insights and commitments on how the government are working towards a more collaborative and supportive framework for new and existing Food and Beverage manufacturers.
9:30

Keynote

THE FUTURE OF FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESS - REGULATOR'S COMMITMENT TO MANUFACTURERS
This keynote will share insights and commitments on how the government are working towards a more collaborative and supportive framework for new and existing Food and Beverage manufacturers.
9:45

Keynote

F&B MANUFACTURING LEADERSHIP AMIDST A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

F&B BUSINESS CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

10:00

Panel Discussion

THRIVING IN A CHALLENGING TARIFF AND REGULATORY SITUATION - A F&B MANUFACTURERS PERSPECTIVE
The growing uncertainty in regard to tariff and trade issues that continue to occupy the market, this panel will discuss the rising uncertainties related to trade tariffs, regulatory controls, unlevel playing fields and other factors effecting food manufacturers globally as they debate the most innovative solutions, to manage their costs and continue to grow.
10:40

Networking break

Take advantage of our Future Food Bingo Competition. You will receive a unique bingo card which encourages you to complete it before the next break. Find five people in the room who have completed each item in one straight row for your chance to win a mystery prize.
11:20

Panel discussion

F&B MANUFACTURING LEADERSHIP AMIDST A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
The COVID-19 pandemic challenges food and beverage leaders to stabilize their business amid these challenging times at the same time prepare their organisations for a newly uncertain future. The decisions F&B leaders make in the near term will most likely drive how their organization is sustained in the long term. In an interesting debate F&B share interesting facts about how they made decisive action to soften the shocks yet to come, and at the same time prepare for what may change in the months ahead.
12:00

Keynote

WHY A RESILIENT FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN IS CRITICAL FOR SECURING NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY
F&B Industry, Governments, Regulators all realis the need for a resilient supply chain that can secure a nation’s food security. The session addresses key challenges faced by the F&B stakeholders with options to overcome them.
12:20

The great debate

REDUCE PACKAGING = REDUCE WASTE
One of the biggest culprits of the food industry’s environmental footprint is packaging. Explore how manufacturers are finding new ways to innovate, in their attempt to move towards biodegradable or minimal packaging options.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD

13:00

Lightning talks 1

Hear from global experts about the latest trends in Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Session Brief: In a short 15 minute address Khaled will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by F&B manufacturers, owners and investors when it comes to investing in next generation food and beverage processing systems.
13:30

Around the world - Keynote luncheon address

ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IN THE FUTURE OF FOOD MANUFACTURING - A GLOBAL REVIEW

Our luncheon keynote speaker will explore the challenging times facing the food and drink manufacturing businesses.
F&B Leaders are struggling to maintain topline numbers and achieve like-for-like growth in the face of increased competition and comparatively subdued consumer sentiment. Many have reacted by optimizing operations and costs to maintain margins, closely reviewing and adjusting their portfolios and opting to exit loss-making outlets and struggling brands

14:30

Keynote

SUSTAINABLE FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESS
15:00

Panel discussion

SUSTAINABILITY ACROSS THE FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESS - A LOCAL REFLECTION
From food packaging to the production line, consumers are searching for a greener alternative to food solutions. Consumers are demanding more sustainability in the practices and process of the food industry but how is the industry responding. Hear from local manufacturers and industry experts on the truth behind sustainable food, the transparency across the industry and how companies need to reinvent themselves to balance customers, environment and profits.
16:00

CEO roundtable session 2

Led by Ministry of Climate Change and Environment with F&B CEOs

End of day one

Closing remarks from UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, UAE

THINKING GLOBAL OPERATING LOCAL: INSIGHT INTO THE REGIONAL FOOD MARKET

8:00

Registration

8:00

CEO roundatble session 2

Led by Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology with F&B CEOs
By invitation 0nly (Seminar room 1)
8:30

Speed networking

We understand you are to learn but you are also here to network and we want to ensure you get the most effective networking experience throughout the event. This session is speed networking, grab your business, prepare your 30 second intro as you are going to have the opportunity to meet the leaders in the industry in the next 15 minutes.
9:10

Keynote

THE FUTURE OF FOOD & BEVERAGE BUSINESS - THE GOVERNMENTS COMMITMENT TO MANUFACTURERS
This keynote will share insights and commitments on how the government are working towards a more collaborative and supportive framework for new and existing Food and Beverage manufacturers.
9:20

Keynote

NEW CONSUMER TRENDS THAT FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES EXPECT POST COVID-19 PERIOD
This keynote provided an overview on how the F&B business value chain is taken a different direction. From the introduction of automated, contactless sales amidst the rising food safety concerns to safe online purchasing and offline food delivery involving ‘no touch’ technology, the industry seems to be dancing to a very different tune. As a result, food and beverage companies are rolling out new initiatives to meet the seismic shift in consumer purchasing behavior.
9:40

Panel discussion

PREPARING FOR THE MARKET REBOOT
Predicting consumer behaviors in a rebooting market is like wishful thinking. In an interesting round table discussion discover the critical data, key trends d expert insight on the products and positioning that are driving purchase decisions worldwide.
10:30

Lightning talks

PERSONALISED CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES, TRANSFORMING MARKETING
Hear from global leaders about the future of customers demands and how they are staying ahead of the curve, listening to their customers and innovating to cater to the future needs of their consumers.
11:00

Networking break

11:20

Keynote address

NEW DIRECTIONS IN FOOD AND DRINK INNOVATION
11:30

Panel discussion

WHY INNOVATION IS THE ANSWER?
The demand for innovation continues to rise globally. Following the rise of health-conscious consumers, closely regulated food and beverage markets, manufacturers are shifting their strategy to drive business success by innovative practices.
12:00

Keynote

WOMEN IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY
How manufacturers are reinventing their approach to attracting, retaining and developing women in the food & beverage manufacturing business.
12:20

Panel discussion

WOMEN IN FOOD
This female only panel will explore the strides, challenges and opportunities for balancing the food and beverage industry and ensuring equal opportunity and representation.
13:00

Networking lunch

14:00

Keynote

BALANCING OFFLINE AND ONLINE STRATEGIES: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
14:20

Panel discussion

DIGITAL DISRUPTION: PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE E-COMMERCE REVOLUTION
Hear from 3 different industry leaders and understand how e-commerce is changing the face of the entire food industry. Understand how leaders in manufacturing on how they are staying up-to-date information and transforming with the times.
14:30

CEO roundtable session 4

Led by Ministry of Health and Prevention with F&B CEOs on National Nutrition Strategy
15:00

Keynote

DIGITALISING F&B MANUFACTURING
This inspirational talk will look to educating and informing food manufacturers on the impact digitalisation is having on the industry and what long-term solutions are available to improve efficiency and profitability.
15:20

Panel discussion

HOW TECHNOLOGY IS OFFERING NOVEL APPROACHES TO PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
This inspirational talk will present visionary ideas and predictions surrounding the role of emerging technologies in innovating and developing better food products. This session will review how growers, manufacturers and distributors, are leveraging technology to develop new and better products that can propel their businesses into the future.
16:00

End of day two

Closing remarks from UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, UAE
16:00

End of day two

Closing remarks from UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, UAE

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Feedback from industry partners

  • We are happy to have a significant number of companies participate in the inaugural edition of Future Food Forum 2019. I think the connectivity between the companies, the regulators and the government entities have given the event a good start. The idea is to share thoughts between government and private sector and the event succeeded putting this agenda together

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    Ahmed Belyouha

    Chairman, Emirates Macaroni Factory
  • It’s a strong platform where both the industry and public sector are brought together. Here they discussed the key hot topics which impact the industry and to find effective platform to strengthen our collaboration between the industry sector and the public & private sector. Forums like these are encouraged from my side as they add value to our efficient journey between industry and public sector

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    Ahmed Elshal

    General Secretary Middle East, Danone
  • For us as an ingredients supplier being here is beneficial in terms of meeting prospects and network. We got a chance to explain what we can do and a chance to understand what their needs are was extremely rich. The fact that it was not only manufacturers but also authorities and government as well were a part of this initiative which UAE Food and Beverages Manufacturers group. Definitely looking forward to Future Food Forum 2021

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    Dominique Floch

    Regional Sales & Technical Director, Tate & Lyle
  • I am excited to be at the Future Food Forum 2019. This is the first time the F&B industry in the UAE has come together and I think the event has gone beyond my expectations. In 2 days we have seen a lot of collaborations, shared interests and very valuable conversations within the industry players but also with the right government department to put forth the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry and I’d like to add we have got very good reception from the stakeholders. I hope we continue making progress not only in UAE but overall in GCC itself

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    Sumeet Mathur

    MD, Friesland Campina

Future Food Forum 2021 partners

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CEO ROUND TABLE PARTNERs

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RETAIL PARTNER

SOLAR TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

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Forum venue

Dubai Exhibition Center, Expo 2020 Dubai

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South Complex 1A, Dubai Exhibition Center,

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Transport

The Expo site is available by taxi, metro, and dedicated bus services. By metro the Dubai Metro Red Line takes you from Dubai to the entrance of Expo 2020 via the Expo Station. For more details on transportation options to Expo 2020 Dubai, please visit link below:
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Parking

Parking at Expo 2020 is free of charge. Parking is open from 08:30 to 00:30 on Saturday – Wednesday and 08:30 to 02:30 on Thursday to Friday and special days. A valet option is also available for AED 95, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors can use valet parking vouchers instead of paying.

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ABOUT THE HOST

The Future Food Forum 2021 is hosted annually as an initiative of The Food and Beverages Manufacturing Business Group (FBMG).

The Food and Beverages Manufacturing Business Group (FBMG) is an association that brings together all food and beverage manufacturing firms in UAE. Formed in 2012, under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, the FBMG is committed to the development of the food and beverage industry. The group provides a platform for firms to cooperate and resolve some of the key challenges faced by the food and beverages industry in the region. This is also an opportunity for firms to network and collaborates on innovations that will benefit the industry.

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