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Gulfood adds sustainability-themed events

Gulfood organizer Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) announced at the 28th edition of the show the launch of two new, sustainability-focused events: Gulfood Green and Gulfood Agrotech, which are set to take place September 24-26, 2024 at DWTC.

The first Gulfood Green 2024 event will aim to provide a global platform for exchanges on technology, regulations, practices, solutions and changes in consumer food culture with the goal of achieving “sustainability in all its dimensions from farmers, to supply chains, food production, logistics, and consumption,” DWTC announced.  Gulfood Green will showcase emerging, innovative concepts and products, and offer insights into alternative ways to produce, trade and consume food; sourcing and clean label products; green packaging; plant-forward food production and consumption; and reducing food waste in the supply chain.

Gulfood Agrotech 2024 will support all sectors of the global agriculture and food supply chains to create more sustainable food. It will explore innovative ways and transformative technologies required to address development challenges and advance the global transition to sustainable food systems.

Addressing the audience on the opening day of Gulfood 2023, Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment explained, “Innovation should be at the front and center of our food systems transformation. Leveraging currently available technologies and introducing new ones will accelerate the process in addition to eliminating food loss and food waste from every part of the supply chain.’’

With a third of greenhouse gas emissions coming from current food systems and a third of all food that is produced going to waste, Minister Almheiri reiterated the need to adopt and adapt innovations to support better behavior around food and transform food systems into more sustainable ones.

Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President, DWTC, emphasized: “The urgent need for, and momentous shift towards, more resilient and climate-supportive food production and consumption has led to the creation of a different event mission, to champion innovative ideas transforming our consumption behaviors and leading us to a more responsible and sustainable future. GULFOOD, with its global influence and leadership in the world food economy, will provide the international GREEN and AGROTECH movement the imperative to evolve and catalyze the sophistication and innovation of the circular food industry.” 

Photo: Gulfood 2023. Credit: DTWC social media