UAE’s premier business and logistics hub, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) will showcase its F&B cluster’s plethora of growth plans and offerings at Gulfood 2022, which is taking place from 13th to 17th February at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).
Jafza’s F&B cluster generates an estimated 20 percent of Dubai’s total F&B trade and offers a wide range of lucrative incentives, including customs, no corporate tax, and VAT exemptions, all of which contribute to the UAE’s aspirations to achieve global competitiveness.
The free zone drives local food production in the country by deploying and adopting the latest trends in food manufacturing and distribution, leading to the implementation of the National Food Security Strategy 2051 objectives.
“The F&B industry is rapidly evolving as a result of new industry trends and technological advancements. As a global food logistics and manufacturing hub, the UAE’s role is consequential. Hence, to ensure its diversification and increase investments and trade figures, identifying attractive opportunities in the F&B market is essential. We rely on Jafza, the leading trade and logistics hub to accomplish this. The free zone’s ability to cater to diverse F&B industries and support farm-to-shelf supply chain activities is unmatched.”
Jafza’s integrated F&B cluster caters to a diverse array of segments in food manufacturing and distribution. It is home to some of the world’s leading brands, including Unilever, Nestle, Heinz, McCain, Hunter Foods, Alokozay Group of Companies, Al Khaleej Sugar, Bayara, to name a few.
Jafza’s Halal F&B Trade Incubation Centre in Jafza One offers premium benefits, lowering operational costs of halal foods businesses, thereby serving the growing “halal foods” sector, which is projected to reach $739.59 billion by 2025 as per predictions by Grand View Research.
The free zone has been a driving force in the coffee trade through Dubai, as well as leading the country’s tea trade to the forefront of tea trade and re-export.
Jafza’s infrastructure, centralized location and access to established trade routes have worked in its favor. Its 1.69 million square meters combined facilities consisting of plots, office spaces, LIUs and warehouses have underpinned the growth of 584 F&B companies from 71 countries.