Show opened by patron H.E. Bandar Ibrahim Alkhorayef, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, who also gave a keynote address
RIYADH: His Excellency Bandar Ibrahim Alkhorayef, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, has opened the busy inaugural Saudi Food Show, which runs from June 20-22 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
His Excellency inaugurated the exhibition and toured its aisles, visiting the stands of many national and international companies, as well as countries, with more than 500 companies from over 35 countries participating in the exhibition, which includes different products from all over the world.
His Excellency stressed that the Saudi Vision 2030 provided a wonderful framework by defining national needs and understanding the strengths that will help the Kingdom to be a true partner to the world, by providing a large number of industrial products – the most important of which are food products – building industrial capacity, and serving the domestic and global markets.
Alkhorayef pointed out that the national strategy for industry focused on the axis of food and drug security through a wide range of incentives and enablers – the most important of which is ensuring the presence of industrial sites and clusters, in addition to financing industrial and agricultural projects and logistical services – to contribute to creating more investment opportunities in the food industry sector, and meeting the needs of the Saudi consumer.
Saudi Arabia was the world’s fastest-growing economy in 2022, and the scale of opportunity for the F&B industry in the Kingdom is reflected in participation in the show. Thousands of international brands including Pepsico, Americana, Al Jameel, Lactalis, GulfWest, Seara Foods, and IFFCO are showcasing new products, services and technologies in the sold-out exhibition, which extends across 20,000 sqm of exhibition space, with attendees from over 100 countries.
The inaugural Saudi Food Show is affiliated with Gulfood, the world’s largest, go-to event brand trusted by the global F&B industry. Over almost three decades, Gulfood has cultivated the credibility, loyalty, recognition, and support of the global food and beverage sector, through an unwavering commitment to delivering real global business outcomes and valuable trade deals for participants. The Saudi Food Show draws upon this legacy and powerful international foundation.