Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is participating in the Gulfood 2016 exhibition to showcase the infrastructure and incentives in the Free Zone for the food and beverage (F&B) industry as well as to meet international companies in the exhibition, looking at expanding their markets in the MENA region.
“F&B has been a special industry for Jafza with the best of the facilities for the sector here,” says Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. “Jafza is home to over 480 companies from around 61 countries in the F&B sector. While Jafza is attracting new players from this industry, that are aiming to expand into the regional markets, we also have existing companies increasing their production lines to suit the palate of the different nationalities present in the UAE. This inflow of products into the local market has given this sector the needed fillip.”
A number of multinationals such as Unilever, FSL, Alokozay, Mars, Gulf Seafood and others are based in Jafza and serve more than two billion people in the Middle East and South and East Asia, Africa and the Commonwealth of independent States.
“Our participation in the Gulfood exhibition has become an annual tradition,” said Ibrahim Mohamed Aljanahi, deputy CEO and CCO of Jafza. “We are keen to be in this key global event that is an ideal platform to present our products to exhibitors from around the world who are planning to expand to new markets, especially to countries in the region that import a majority of their products.”
According to an Alpen Capital report, the food imports in the Middle East are expected to reach US $53.1-billion by 2020.
More than 40 companies from Jafza’s existing customers are participating in Gulfood, which this year, has more than 5,000 international companies participating from 120 countries and is consolidating its position as a global platform in the F&B industry.
The exhibition is expected to receive close to 85,000 visitors from 170 countries.