Future Food Forum 2021

12 - 13 October, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Future Food Forum 2021

TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING

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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Welcome to the Future Food Forum 2021 – An initiative of the UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group

On behalf of Future Food Forum 2021, it is my great pleasure to invite you to Dubai for the upcoming edition of Future Food Forum.

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.

Designed with an innovative outcome-driven format in mind, the event will inspire and equip attendees with brand new ideas they otherwise would not have picked up. The agenda focuses on the critical issues and opportunities in the food and beverage industry, grouped to follow a logical sequence across the three days. Speakers are selected based on their thought leadership contribution and ability to present subjects in a compelling manner.

The participating sponsors are gearing up for a rare and central platform to engage with 500+ delegates to directly establish a presence in the MENA region at a time where the scope and importance for food and beverage industry is very promising.

I invite you to join us here in Dubai for Future Food Forum 2021 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

More time. More access. More return

The immediate success of the inaugural edition of the Future Food Forum in 2019 addressed key industry challenges but also upcoming opportunities. The upcoming edition is set to reunite the biggest names in the food and beverage business to debate and discuss the most pressing topics and connect stakeholders from across the MENA region. It’s your time to join the initiative and play a central role in tomorrow’s F&B agenda!

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500+

industry delegates

50+

renowned speakers

24+

participating countries

20+

hours of high-value content

Future Food Forum 2021 programme advisory board

  • Ahmed Belyouha

    Ahmed Belyouha

    Chairman
    Emirates Macroni Factory, UAE

  • Mohamed Al-Owais

    Mohamed Al-Owais

    Executive Chairman
    Al Owais Enterprises, UAE

  • Tarek Elsakka

    Tarek Elsakka

    Chief Executive Officer
    Dubai Refreshment P.J.S.C, UAE

  • Abdul Vaheed

    Abdul Vaheed

    Secretary General
    UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Business Group

  • Hisham Aljamil

    Hisham Aljamil

    Chief Executive Officer
    Bidfood Middle East

  • Sumeet Mathur

    Sumeet Mathur

    Managing Director
    Friesland Campina Middle East

Food and beverage manufacturing leaders connect for the inaugural edition


 

By invitation from the UAE Food and Beverage Manufacturing Group, senior stakeholders from the F&B business industry came together with global and regional brands for an inaugural initiative to meet, connect and discuss business for the local marketplace. Attendance exceeded expectations with 500+ attendees and involvement from the government and private sector alike. The unique content-led conference programme set the backbone for a high-level platform dedicated to addressing today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

Returning bigger and better for a live event following a series of virtual seminars, the 2021 edition is about to take your role, your business and the industry to new and exciting heights over a 3-day agenda.

 

Registration is now open!

(Valid until 12 Aug 2021)

Early bird

AED 2000
  • Full access pass
  • Free networking coffee breaks
  • Event collaterals
  • Free to attend workshops
  • Certificate of attendance
Select Pass

(Applicable after 12 Aug 2021)

Standard

AED 2500
  • Full access pass
  • Free networking coffee breaks
  • Event collaterals
  • Free to attend workshops
  • Certificate of attendance
Select Pass

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Food and beverage thought leaders

Hear from industry professionals about Future Food Forum 2019

Essa Abdulla Al Ghurair
Chairman EGI, Board Member of Dubai Chamber

Ahmed Belyouha
Chairman, Emirates Macaroni Factory

Greg Wright
Managing partner, Food People

Radwa Medhat
Quality & Regulatory Manager MENAT, Kellogg's

Sumeet Mathur
Managing Director, Friesland Campina

Yan Narayan
Marketing Director, Hunter Foods

Speakers of Future Food Forum 2019

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 Security, UAE

  • H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair

    H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair

    Chairman, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, UAE

  • H.E. Abdulla Al Maeeni

    H.E. Abdulla Al Maeeni

    Director General, Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology, UAE

  • Eng. Tariq Ahmed Al Wahedi

    Eng. Tariq Ahmed Al Wahedi

    CEO, Agthia Group PJSC, UAE

  • Abdulla Aujan

    Abdulla Aujan

    Executive Chairman, Aujan Industries, KSA

  • Nadim Nakfoor

    Nadim Nakfoor

    SVP, Pepsico Middle East, UAE

  • Saud Abu Al-Shawareb

    Saud Abu Al-Shawareb

    Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City, UAE

  • Thamer Temairik

    Thamer Temairik

    CEO, Halwani Bros, KSA

Future Food Forum 2021 programme

FUTURE F&B MANUFACTURING

8:00

Registration

8:00

CEO roundatable session 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.
11:00

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.
11:30

The great debate

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 leaders 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

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

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

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.
9:00

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.
9:30

Roundtable 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

11:30

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

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
This keynote session will be exploring how manufacturers are reinventing their approach to attracting, retaining and developing people in the food 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

BUILDING INFORMATION-SHARING SYSTEMS THAT ENABLE VISIBILITY WITHOUT BREACHES OF COMMERCIAL CONFIDENTIALITY
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.
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

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Feedback from 2019

  • 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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GOLD PARTNER

CEO ROUND TABLE PARTNER

FOOD INNOVATION PARTNER

RETAIL PARTNER

SOLAR TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

OFFICIAL MAGAZINE PARTNER

Official Media Partners

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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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