- Mr. Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chairman, FMBG
- Mr. Tarek El Sakka, CEO, Dubai Refreshments
- Distinguished speakers attending the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition
The Next Generation Manufacturing Conference was held on the sidelines of the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition. True to the exhibition theme, the conference discussed the current challenges in the food and beverages industry, and how best to mitigate them. The objective of the conference was to strategize a way to drive innovation in the industry, in consultation with key stakeholders, on a common platform..
Key Issues Discussed
Mr. Saleh Abdullah Lootah, the Chairman of the Food and Beverages Manufacturing Business Group (FMBG), was the keynote speaker at the conference. His speech touched upon key industry issues:
- The need for projecting Dubai as the premier destination for F&B manufacturing in the MENA region. With Expo 2010, Dubai will see an increased demand for hospitality and F&B product services, thus emerging as a lucrative destination for investments in this industry.
- Creating effective governance system, quality standards, logistics, easy access to market, financing and manpower will ensure a strong and competitive F&B industry in the region. This will also make the industry a significant contributor to the GDP growth of UAE
Mr. Tarek El Sakka, CEO, Dubai Refreshments, and also the Vice President of FMBG, spoke about the work undertaken by the group to drive innovations in the F&B industry. He commented that “The Food and Beverage Group has put forth several such initiatives to facilitate its members to grow and contribute to push forward the food sector. The group has signed several local and international industry linkages to give macroeconomic push to the local food and beverage industry, that is, opening new economic avenues for local and regional companies.”
The conference also saw various other industry representatives share their thoughts on the quest for F&B manufacturing innovation. They agreed that the next generation of industry reforms would be focussed on optimized logistics and manufacturing systems, increased outputs, and protecting against industry disruptions.