Established under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, FBMG
seeks to create a platform for F&B manufacturers to resolve industry-related challenges and take the sector in the UAE to greater heights.
Saleh Abdullah Lootah, chairman of FBMG, said: "The food and beverage sector is a robust and vibrant economic grouping with considerable clout in the market.
The FBMG is set to conduct the sub-sector-focused discussions with food companies, whose leaders and decision makers will come together to develop an action plan for their respective sub sectors.
Saleh Abdullah Lootah, chairman of the FBMG and managing director of Al Islami Foods, a leading halal food producer in the Middle East, said: "The UAE currently imports 90 per cent of its total food requirements and opportunities are rife for the world's biggest food manufacturers to make considerable, region-wide investment inroads at Gulfood Manufacturing.
Gulfood Manufacturing is also a watershed moment for the FBMG and our members.
The FBMG, which was established under the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aims at resolving industry-related challenges and spur domestic food and beverage production.
FBMG members are principal players in Dubai's annual food trading industry and several have already invested in expansive new production facilities in Dubai Investment Park, including DRC's new $136 million bottling plant and Al Islami Foods' soon-to-open $27.
Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, Exhibitions and Events Management, DWTC, the organiser of the event, said: "The FBMG offers a unique conduit for strategy, policy and regulation alignment with the Emirate's government bodies and we welcome its generous endorsement of Gulfood Manufacturing.