InFlavour to showcase diversity of KSA’s F&B sector


September 6, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau

InFlavour to showcase diversity of KSA’s F&B sector

Global heavyweights from around the world are confirming their participation at InFlavour, Saudi Arabia’s first government backed B2B food event, ahead of its inaugural three-day exhibition and conference in Riyadh this October. InFlavour is set to run at the Riyadh International Exhibition & Convention Centre from October 29-31, 2023.

Organised by Tahaluf, the Informa Business entity, with the backing of the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) and the General Food Security Authority, the event is set to be the biggest F&B business generator in the region, aiding the growth of the multi-billion-dollar food service market. The event is also expected to showcase the Kingdom’s rich F&B culture. It recently won the official support of the Saudi Culinary Arts Commission, which seeks to introduce Saudi dishes locally and globally.

“The Commission has acknowledged that InFlavour, while set to massively stimulate the Kingdom’s F&B sector, also presents a powerful opportunity to promote Saudi Arabia as a destination for unique culinary experiences and, as such, has come on board as an official support partner,” said Michael Champion, Chief Executive Officer of Tahaluf.

MEWA Minister Abdulrahman Abdulmohsen A AlFadley believes InFlavour will represent a watershed moment in the Kingdom’s approach to bringing together the F&B ecosystem to drive the industry forward. “To further accelerate our efforts in consolidating, fostering and enabling a business environment that connects top players in the field, it is exciting to see so many industry titans already signed up for the launch edition of this unique event. InFlavour will play a crucial role in strengthening food-related businesses, enabling them to prosper while exploring innovative solutions for securing nutritious food that meets the dietary needs and food preferences of our society,” he added.

InFlavour is attracting some of the F&B sector’s biggest local, regional and international names across sectors such as: food production, ingredients, supply chain, process & packaging and food technology. Among the line-up of more than 600 exhibitors are Saudi-born online restaurant food delivery service Lugmety, French private label food and consumables production and distribution pioneer Global Foods Group, the Saudi joint stock Al Jouf Agricultural Development Company and Pure Beverages, which produces IVAL bottled water.

Key exhibiting supporters include NADEC, one of the largest agricultural and food procession share stock companies in the Middle East and North Africa; and Al Rabie, the Middle East’s largest juice manufacturer.

Al Rabie’s CEO Baseem Sabra said, “In a time when convenience often wins over health, the aim of our brand has always been to make health convenient by offering various choices with the best quality at the right prices. InFlavour is a platform that will attract global industry specialists and enthusiasts in one space. Being one of the biggest domestic food and beverage companies in Saudi Arabia, we at Al Rabie are proud to promote our nation by showcasing our goods to attendees from around the world.”

NADEC believes InFlavour will also present opportunities to local producers to showcase “the innovation at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s dynamic market.” A company spokesperson stated, “As a company rooted in the Kingdom, we are excited to be InFlavour 2023’s strategic partner, shaping tastes and nourishing lives. We are thrilled to take part in this culinary adventure and see how it combines delicious flavours with the advancement of the country’s Vision 2030 objectives.”

InFlavour is set against a background of huge F&B sector potential within Saudi Arabia, with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Investment conservatively forecasting 6% annual growth over the next five years.

The event has been formulated to catalyse innovation and new business. More than 200 prominent investors and venture capitalists from both Saudi and around the world will gather at InFlavour’s dedicated Investor Programme to engage with more than 50 cutting-edge startups. The investment community will also meet at the event’s ‘Invest & Indulge Stage’ to dive into the latest trends and innovations driving a healthier, more sustainable food investment ecosystem.

The InFlavour conference will address the industry’s most pressing challenges, including food and water security, agritech, sustainability, logistics, food tech and investment, alternative proteins, plant-based food, concept restaurants, culinary excellence, food waste, retail and e-commerce. The speaker line-up features industry influencers including Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed Al Saud, Founder and CEO of KBW Ventures; Marco Pierre White, the ‘Godfather of Modern Cooking’; Celebrity Chef Manal Al Aleum; and Jim Mellon, Executive Director, Agronomics.

The Invest & Indulge stage will also host the FIVE STAR PITCH FEST where the industry’s best and brightest startups will compete to win prizes.

More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend InFlavour, where they can join in an array of specialised interactive features. Roundtables will see leading independent promotion agencies scrutinise African food security, while the future of food tech investments in the MENA region will also come under the spotlight. The FoodTech Lab will highlight new technologies in action, and a unique way of understanding the latest food trends that can be implemented into F&B. Business opportunities can be explored in the Business Hub and The Main Course will unlock training and knowledge opportunities.

“InFlavour is a powerhouse of opportunity in a market to match. Visitors will meet directly with local and international decision-makers to secure new deals, mine proven strategies to increase business efficiency, reduce costs and implement niche consumer trends, connect with hundreds of suppliers and experts across the entire F&B ecosystem and celebrate Saudi Arabia’s food and culture all in one place,” Champion concluded.

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