- Securing multiple deals valued at more than AED 3 billion
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), the 1st edition of Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (ADIFE) concluded its activities today. The Exhibition was organized by ADENC Group, in conjunction with the 8th edition of Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition, and in partnership with the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation,
On the final day of the event, 12 deals and 4 MoUs were signed between government and private entities, with an overall value of AED 1.25 billion. At the conclusion of the event, the total value of deals signed equated to 55 deals and 26 MoUs which valued more than AED 3.2 billion in 3 days.
On the third day, the Ministry of Defence signed 9 deals with a value of more than AED 1.2 billion with the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Al Foah Company, Abu Dhabi National Hotels, Kelvin Catering Services, Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel, Emirates Hospitality Center, Ittihad Catering, Armed Forces Cooperative Society, and F&B Catering. The Ministry of Defense deals support the growth of the national food and beverages industry, and encourage companies operating in the UAE to provide more food products from the local market, which contributes in supporting the food processing and local agricultural production sectors.
Silal Company signed a deal with the Royal Catering Services Company to supply fresh agricultural products, while Al Dahra Company signed another deal with Royal Catering Services, and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed another
ADAFSA also signed 3 MoUs, while Abu Dhabi Chamber signed an MoU with Emirates Development Bank.
The first edition welcome an exceptional presence from global companies specializing in the food, beverage, and hospitality sectors, with the participation of more than 445 specialized companies from 41 countries. This was in addition to 20 national pavilions, and more than 30 prominent international speakers taking part in panels, which focused on three main topics: food security, investments and innovation in food production, and the food and beverages industry.
The final day of ADIFE also saw the announcement of the winners of the International Latte Art Championship, which was held for the first time outside Italy, and is renowned as one of the most important international competitions in its field. The green category was won by Ivan De Rosa from Italy, the red category was Menem Ohaga from Morocco, and the black category was won by Michelle Ho from Italy.
This was in addition to the winners of the UAE National Coffee Championships, and the Gourmet Championship, which acted as a qualifier for the International Coffee Championship 2023, where Ibrahim Hamza Al Malouhi from Espresso Lab came in first place, followed by Pooja Thapalia from Al Patron Restaurant, and Elton Juno from Tybeca Café.