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5 - 6 OCTOBER 2022, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

FUTURE FOOD FORUM 2022

F&B Manufacturing

#FUTUREFOODSERIES

JOIN THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING CEO GATHERING FOR MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Exclusive industry-focused keynotes

Get a chance to learn from change leaders and decision-makers behind the world's largest food manufacturing brands.

Premium networking

Build relationships with industry-leading companies and meet with over 600+ F&B specialists from the region and beyond.

Immersive panel discussions

Engage in highly interactive panel discussions featuring speakers from the government sector and key companies from the F&B sector.

"The UAE wants to become a hub for two things; We still want to be pioneering as a food hub for food trade but what we want to do is to be less dependent on the net food imports...we are a country that has over 200 nationalities, everyone has different tastes and we want to keep up being able to serve everyone what they love when it comes to food."

H.E. Mariam Bint M. Al Mheiri MINISTER OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENT, UAE

"This is just the start of a new era for us and the UAE Food & Beverage Group, where I see the cooperation between the multinational companies and the local companies working together for the best of the UAE economy."

Saleh Lootah CHAIRMAN OF THE UAE FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS GROUP

“If you don’t have a diverse leadership team, you might be missing out on an amazing group of talent because they’re looking for somewhere that looks more like them, which is another factor because you could lose talent if you’re proving that you’re not diverse and inclusive.”

Kate Goodman MENA AND PAKISTAN BUSINESS UNIT PRESIDENT, MONDELĒZ INTERNATIONAL

“The consumer demand has actually gotten heavily impacted by the pandemic and consumers are currently looking for healthy, convenient and probably value for money. The local manufacturers have a great responsibility to adapt themselves to fulfill these demands.”

Hassan Safi CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, AL AIN FARMS

“It's really about connecting your machines, it's about getting that data into the database, it's about being agile but also about empowering workers - enabling workers. Everywhere I've gone it's 'we need more skilled workers, we need more intelligence, we need more training' so then let's empower them, let's get them the data to make decisions and impact their manufacturing.”

Paul Epperson VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER-MANUFACTURING, GE DIGITAL

    Senior speakers from signature brands making headlines across the MENA market

    Learn from over 50+ industry leaders as they share insights into the best strategies for core issues faced by the industry, and more at the 2-day Future Food Forum 2022.

    Abdulaziz AlMulla
    Abdulla Bin Damithan
    Ahmad Belyouha
    Ahmad Elshal
    Ahmed Bayoumi
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    The MENA region's CEO leadership gathering for food & beverage manufacturing

    EARLY BIRD OFFER

    Expires 5 Sept 2022

    AED 2,000
    • 2-Day Conference Pass
    • Networking Coffee and Lunch
    • Exhibition Zone Entry
    • Promotional Collateral
    • Free to Attend Workshops
    • Certificate of Attendance
    • Photos, Videos & Recordings

    STANDARD

    Expires 5 Oct 2022

    AED 2,500
    • 2-Day Conference Pass
    • Networking Coffee and Lunch
    • Exhibition Zone Entry
    • Promotional Collateral
    • Free to Attend Workshops
    • Certificate of Attendance
    • Photos, Videos & Recordings

    Future Food Forum 2022

    Conf Chairman

    Bringing together local and global ministers, high-ranking government officials, business leaders, academia, and representatives of leading think tanks once more, the Future Food Forum 2022 is set to showcase the initiatives within the food and beverage manufacturing ecosystem for sustainability and inclusive growth, creating opportunities for women, and fostering youth entrepreneurship within the F&B industry.

    Sumeet Mathur
    Conference Chairman, Managing Director, FRIESLANDCAMPINA, MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

    2022 PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

    2 conference days packed with the biggest MENA brands and government addressing extraordinary developments, excellence and new pportunities 

    across the complete F&B business value chain.

    8:00 #-

    Registration for CEO Round Table

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    8:30 #-

    CEO Round Table 1 & 2

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    9:00 #-

    General Registration and Networking

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    10:00 #-

    VIP Tour in the Networking Area

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    10:30 #-

    Ministerial Session 1: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Partnership for Sustainable Economic Growth

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    11:30 #-

    Session 2: Important Significance of Creating a Regional Approach for GCC Food Security

    The region, with its desert environments, has been a traditional food importer with various GCC countries importing up

    The region, with its desert environments, has been a traditional food importer with various GCC countries importing up to 80% of their food and beverage needs. Recent geo-political developments such as the war in Ukraine, Covid-19 related border closures, climate change, lower production in source countries, supply chain disruptions are all creating alarming food security situation in the Middle East region. GCC countries need to create and support a food security plan with significant focus and investments in local production, resilient logistic networks and technology-led agri-food production. There also needs to be a way for the Gulf region to collaborate and create a regional network for food production, trade partners and others.

    12:30 #-

    Networking Lunch Break

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    13:30 #-

    PARALLEL STREAMS

    Sustainability Challenges Faced by the Food and Beverage Manufacturers: Today, it is a known fact that F&B manufacturers

    Sustainability Challenges Faced by the Food and Beverage Manufacturers:
    Today, it is a known fact that F&B manufacturers are under increasing pressures from investors, regulators, distributors and consumers to enhance sustainability; however only few organisations are able to meet this requirement successfully. Achieving sustainability is a challenge, given the need to align suppliers with your sustainability goals, where a considerable bulk of the emissions occur. This session will shed light on how brands can efficiently source and manage energy, water and waste in our factories and operations while at the same time meet the consumers’ expectations which include wanting more convenient, ethical and healthy food and beverage choices.

    Overview on Regional F&B Investments, Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Activities
    Investments in the Food and Beverage sector for regional governments is strategic when it comes to food security and a purely financial investment in the dynamic industry. M&A is seen by many players as the way to strategically develop their geographic footprints in regions of high growth, acquired technologies, and secure throughput. The panel will provide an overview on the current ecosystem encompassing the F&B investment and M&A space, address key opportunities and challenges, and offer insights to regional F&B business owners on how they can prepare for such activities.

    14:30 #-

    PARALLEL STREAMS

    Planning a Winning Online Strategy for F&B Products The Gulf region’s traditional retailers, online grocers, manufacturers and start-ups

    Planning a Winning Online Strategy for F&B Products
    The Gulf region’s traditional retailers, online grocers, manufacturers and start-ups have set up faster delivery channels in the online space with convenient selections at lower prices. Although the sector is progressing well, but only a few players with long-term strategies can expect to be successful. The session will outline the relevant risks involved in planning a viable online strategy keeping in mind recent developments such as the rising fuel costs, hybrid lifestyles post covid, and labour shortages in the delivery business, among others.

    National Workforce Development in F&B Manufacturing
    Food and beverage manufacturers are one of the key sectors that have been promoting local/national workforce. For the industry to remain as a viable, competitive, and significant contributor to the country’s economic health, a carefully executed strategy to develop and engage a skilled national workforce is essential. There is still a huge amount of work to do to meet national workforce targets set for the future. This session will address significant and rising national workforce development, and skills shortages faced by the F&B sector affecting the regions food processing and agri-business, to address what can done to improve the situation.

    15:30 #-

    Networking Coffee Break

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    Session 3: The Need for Developing a Trust-Based Relationship between Regional Retailers and F&B Manufacturers

    With the rise of the mega-retail, mergers and acquisitions and the growth of mall-culture, retailers and manufacturers are

    With the rise of the mega-retail, mergers and acquisitions and the growth of mall-culture, retailers and manufacturers are key partners for each other’s eventual business success, profitability, and the overall performance of our national economy, food security, jobs and lot more. The session will bring together some of the most powerful companies from both sides of the spectrum in pursuit of practical answers to important questions on key topics such as how can they develop a trust-based relationship and produce greater benefits for both these critical players? And what policies and procedures will help us get there?

    17:00 #-

    Closing Summary and End of the Day One

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    08:00 - 08:30 #-

    Registration for CEO Round Table

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    08:30 - 09:30 #-

    CEO Round Table 3

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    09:00 - 10:00 #-

    General Registration Open and Networking

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    10:00 - 10:30 #-

    VIP Tour in the Networking Area

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    10:30 - 11:30 #-

    Session 1: Future Food Forum - Redefining the Role of Food and Beverage Regulations

    Food and beverage manufacturing in the Middle East is fast-paced and ever-changing as manufacturers continuously introduce new products

    Food and beverage manufacturing in the Middle East is fast-paced and ever-changing as manufacturers continuously introduce new products into the regional market, as well as internationally. In order to remain competitive, we need to create a regulatory environment that supports innovation, encourages safety and above all provides a level playing field. In an interesting panel discussion, we welcome regional and international F&B regulatory leaders to share their ideas on how the regional Food and Beverage Regulatory environment can be improved.

    11:30 - 12:30 #-

    Session 2: Understanding the New and Emerging Food and Beverage Consumers

    Emerging out of the pandemic, regional consumers are becoming more cost conscious, relying more on home delivery models

    Emerging out of the pandemic, regional consumers are becoming more cost conscious, relying more on home delivery models for groceries thanks to their preference to hybrid offices and F&B manufacturers who have capabilities to reach out and serve consumers at home and outside the home are generally performing better. Recent trends show that average Middle Eastern consumers are becoming more and more conscious of the content of their food, its origins, freshness, and safety. In an interesting discussion, experts will shed light into the reasons for these changing consumer preferences and help us understand ways to create a winning strategy for your organization to stay ahead of the curve.

    12:30 - 13:30 #-

    Networking Lunch Break

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    13:30 -14:30 #-

    PARALLEL STREAMS

    A look into the World of Exciting New Ingredient Technologies and Innovations Every manufacturer is keen to offer

    A look into the World of Exciting New Ingredient Technologies and Innovations
    Every manufacturer is keen to offer new line products that are healthy, immune boosting, sustainable, plant based and others… In order for these products to be successful they need to offer something unique to get on the shelf. Here is where looking out for new and efficient ingredients and ingredient technology can help differentiate your products.

    Managing Energy Requirements for the Modern F&B Manufacturing Enterprise
    Energy consumption is particularly high when it comes to food and beverage manufacturing. Traditional fossil fuels are a major source of energy but with rising energy costs, environmental impact, other manufacturers are considering novel sources of energy which are more focused on energy conservation within existing F&B plants. Energy is therefore not just a heavy cost in food processing but also a major factor for many in the pursuit of a more sustainable business model as today’s consumers aspire to promote sustainable food and beverage brands.

    14:30 - 15:30 #-

    PARALLEL STREAMS

    Evolution of Food and Beverage Packaging Every manufacturer understands the critical value of packaging as it is one

    Evolution of Food and Beverage Packaging
    Every manufacturer understands the critical value of packaging as it is one of the key differentiators influencing purchase decisions at the point of sale, driving in-store sales. Packaging is also important when it involves value added functionalities such as smart tags, odor/drip absorbents and other innovative and sustainable packaging options. The session will discuss how manufacturers, packaging companies and other stakeholders need to work collaboratively to create smaller, more efficient packaging that better fits retail store shelves and online delivery needs. All of this is aimed at generating significant cost savings to differentiate the brand from competitors in the eyes of the consumer.

    Will the Future of Food be Led by Women?
    It makes perfect sense for more women to be in senior leadership roles of the F&B manufacturing sector. However, in reality, less than 20% of top leadership positions are held by women despite global research that a majority of food purchasing decisions are made by women. It is true that there are not many women CEOs, CTOs and CMOs in food and beverage manufacturing but this begs the question -why? In an open discussion, industry leaders address key issues that the industry is facing when it comes to increasing female representation in leadership, diversity, and how we can get more women to the top within the food and beverage manufacturing value chain.

    15:30 - 16:00 #-

    Networking Coffee Break

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    Session 3: Managing Crisis within the Food and Beverage Supply Chain

    The global population is soon powering past 10 billion, putting a massive strain on the global food supply

    The global population is soon powering past 10 billion, putting a massive strain on the global food supply chain. The majority of this growth is expected to happen in emerging markets which are already facing significant food security threats driven by massive urbanisation, decaying traditional food production, manufacturing systems and recent disruptions such as Covid-19, war and other geo-political threats. Food manufacturing and production are more resource-intensive putting a lot of stress on local supply chains in under greater pressure. This session will provide an overview on compelling factors that are disrupting our global food supply chain and discuss how production and distribution leaders in food can address these critical issues for the 21st century.

    17:30 #-

    Closing Summary and End of Day Two

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    Sponsorship opportunities

    Showcase your brand to over 200+ local and international F&B attending companies alongside the best of F&B manufacturing as you build relationships with key stakeholders and senior colleagues this October.

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    Replay the special Expo 2020 Dubai edition

    Witness over 600+ F&B manufacturing leaders and specialist gather at the world's greatest show for the Future Food Forum 2021, driving sectoral growth and building a better and more sustainable future for food and beverage manufacturing.

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    A ONE OF A KIND INDUSTRY GATHERING

    Future Food Forum 2022 sponsors and partners

    FOUNDATION PARTNERS

    DIGITAL INDUSTRIES PARTNER

    FOOD SAFETY PARTNER

    ENERGY EFFICIENCY PARTNER

    PLATINUM PARTNER

    GOLD PARTNERS

    SILVER PARTNERS

    CEO ROUND TABLE PARTNERS

    MEDIA PARTNERS

    Special thanks to our past partners, sponsors and exhibitors

    STRATEGIC PARTNERS

    FOUNDATION PARTNERS

    DIGITAL INDUSTRIES PARTNER

    PLATINUM PARTNERS

    PLATINUM PARTNERS

    TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

    ENERGY EFFICIENCY PARTNER

    GOLD PARTNERS

    SILVER PARTNERS

    CEO ROUND TABLE PARTNERS

    DIGITAL INDUSTRIES PARTNER

    KNOWLEDGE PARTNER

    RETAIL PARTNER

    SOLAR TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

    NETWORKING PARTNERS

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    OFFICIAL MAGAZINE PARTNER

    OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNERS

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