Gulfood says ‘more meat’ will be trend for 2015
Named as its top global food trend for 2015 and beyond, the Dubai food and hospitality trade exhibition has predicted that "with increased quality, freshness and a demand for improved halal standards being of paramount importance, the regional market is vast for every player in the global meat industry".
The population within the GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates – is set to exceed 50 million by 2020, a 20% increase since 2010, with rising regional affluence levels resulting in increased demand for meat.
Among Gulfood’s other top 20 trends is the rise in convenience foods, healthy and organic, halal and responsibly-sourced animal products – for example free-range chicken and livestock.
"With increased quality, freshness and a demand for improved halal standards being of paramount importance, the regional market is vast for every player in the global meat industry," it said.
The annual Gulfood trade show takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 8-12 February 2015, and this year celebrates it 20th anniversary.
It claims to be the biggest annual food and hospitality show in the world and boasts almost 5,000 exhibitors, with a large participation from South America.