DUBAI: Pakistan’s revitalised food and beverage industry is readying for a major export push at Gulfood 2016, the 21st edition of the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade platform, which returns to Dubai World Trade Centre from February 21-25.
More than 90 Pakistani companies are due to take part in Gulfood 2016 across 1,000-square metre, a huge jump from the country’s 90-square metre presence in 2008. The increase reflects the emergence of a major export sector that is now challenging textiles as Pakistan’s main foreign exchange earner with worldwide sales topping $5 billion last year.
Organised by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce in collaboration with the Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai, the Pakistan pavilion is only one area of the country’s Gulfood showing. The US-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development and the consulate general of Pakistan in Dubai will host a Pakistani meat branding dinner on February 23 at the consul general’s residence in Dubai.
“Pakistani exhibitors will be looking to source new buyers for a wide range of Pakistani food and agro products, including fresh and frozen foods, rice, fruits and vegetables, sauces, nuts, sweets, confectionery and tea,” said Javed Jalil Khattak, consul general of Pakistan in Dubai.
Source: Daily Times