Discover French Food & Innovations at Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 From October 31st to November 2nd at Dubai World Trade Centre

Rejula ARUN - 17-oct.-2017 14:53:27
Discover French Food & Innovations at Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 • Visit the French Ingredients pavilion and the Equipment Stands • French Innovation Contest Ingredients Manufacturing United Arab Emirates 2017; Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will once again be running two pavilions and an innovation corner dedicated to the French food industry during the world-renowned Gulfood Manufacturing tradeshow, taking place in Dubai from October 31st to November 2nd, 2017. France will be represented by around 50 French companies that will be showcasing products and know-how focused on the ingredients and processing packaging equipment for the food industry. The France Pavilion: Ingredient space “Gulfood Manufacturing is a point of convergence for those seeking to meet ingredient suppliers from across the world", said Philippe Leray, CEO of Vinpai. Visitors to Gulfood Manufacturing will be able to meet innovative French companies keen on showcasing the diversity of France’s offering, from dairy products and cereals, to ovo-products and fruit preparations. The French Pavilion for ingredients will be run in partnership with the international trade agencies (Commerce International) of the Hauts de France and Brittany regions. It features floor space of 360 m² at Sheikh Saeed Hall: S1-C76. France’s agri-food products and equipment combine quality and excellence to cater closely to the requirements of consumers in the region. The United Arab Emirates imports 85% of its agri-food products. France is the 2nd largest European supplier in the region. Despite the competitive nature of the market, the outlook for the development of trade relations with the region is bright. Exports of ingredients and food preparations from France to the UAE grew by almost 5% between 2011 and 2016, to reach 107 million USD. The quality of French products is internationally recognized, allowing it to closely meet the needs of partners in the Middle East. Dairy and bread/cake/pastry ingredients are also key components of France’s export flows.  The France Pavilion: Equipment space “Gulfood Manufacturing is attended by a high-quality visitor base and decision makers who can bring projects to fruition", Anthony Hereng, Sales Director at Claranor remarked. The pavilion devoted to French equipment manufacturers will cover 450 m² in Hall Zabeel 3: Z3-A54. Over 30 French companies will be presenting products that are not only innovative, but also well suited to the local specifications. Focus will be placed on the great diversity of France’s offering in the equipment arena. Leading companies from a wide array of industries will be at the event including water treatment, the cold chain, labeling, packaging, packing lines, sterilization, water jet cutting, extrusion and engineering, in addition to baking equipment such as ovens, molds and pancake machines.   The GEPPIA (a grouping of more than 140 manufacturers of processing and packaging equipment for the agri-food and non-food industries), will be partnering with Business France at the French Pavilion, offering visitors a 3D experience that will totally immerse them in the world of a food product in four minutes. The purpose of the tool is to provide an insight into the innovation capacity of French equipment manufacturers and their desire to ramp up the presence of new technologies in the sector.   Following last year’s success, Business France will be holding a contest at the equipment pavilion, whereby the packaging & processing machinery French Trade Association, GEPPIA and the French association of food intermediate products, Club PAI will be teaming up as partners and members of the jury. This contest is geared primarily towards promoting France’s innovations and enhancing the potential of its companies. According to Philippe Leray, CEO of Vinpai and a former winner of the contest, the French Innovation Corner is an opportunity to take advantage of "an additional shop window at the France Pavilion and a highly effective promotional tool". You can discover the French catalogues online: For more information on the Virtual Packaging Line: Click Here    For more information on the GEPPIA:  - ENDS - About Business France: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location. It also runs and develops the V.I.E. international internship program. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #CreativeFrance For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail :

France brings-up its latest innovation equipment & high end fresh products at the Gulfood 2016

Rejula ARUN - 18-févr.-2016 09:10:04
United Arab Emirates, February 2016 – France will once again be part of the not-to-be missed Gulfood 2016 to showcase its latest high quality products, food service equipment. With two French pavilions for a total area of nearly 1 250 Square meters., this 21st edition of Gulfood is expected to launch several French products. For the 21st edition of the Gulfood tradeshow, France is consolidating a strong position with a number of 100 exhibitors spread over two pavilions: - Food and drinks with 71 companies located Sheikh Saeed Hall 1 - Food service & catering equipment with 28 French companies located Za’beel Hall Gulfood has become over the years the premier meeting place for French companies exploring business development opportunities. Business France is also bringing its regional experts from France and several countries: Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, India, as well as Kenya to join this world class event. Since the launching in 1987, France participated in the tradeshow, with at the beginning a focus on the dairy sector, which is one of the most important industry in France. Hence, the show launched well-known French brands today in GCC countries. According to Marc Cagnard, French Trade Commissioner in the Middle East, most of French SME’s on both pavilions come to get more visibility and discover the market during few days, especially to create business partnerships toward a larger exposure on the UAE market and in the Middle East region. In the United Arab Emirates, the French exports of food & beverage products increased by 95 % in 5 years (between 2009 and 2013). 2014 has shown an increase of 10 % over 2013. Furthermore, because UAE is a regional hub, so is the Gulfood ! The French exports have grown also in the neighbourhood: the Middle East represents 3% of French Food Exports ! For instance, Saudi Arabia is considered as the largest export market for French companies in the food & beverage products, with approximately 1 billion USD in 2014 (making France as the 7th provider).  At global level, France is the 4th largest exporter of food & beverage products since 2011, with 63 billion USD in 2014. France is the 6th for the export of equipment in the food industry. Between 2009 and 2014, France has increased its exports by 5.2%. Globally, the food sector represents for France the 3rd trade surplus with around 10 billion USD in 2014. This year, Gulfood visitors will be delighted to taste cheeses, French pastries, cold cuts, soft drinks, just to quote a few examples. In addition, exhibitors specialists of the hospitality equipment will showcase new ranges: food preparation, cooking, molds, cutlery, bakery and pastry equipment, laundry equipment, uniforms, disposable tableware, food packaging, signs and display, thermometers. Come and meet French exhibitors at Gulfood from Sunday 21st to Thursday 25th of February 2016: Food and drinks with 71 companies located Sheikh Saeed Hall 1&2 / Food service & catering equipment with 28 French companies located Za’beel New Hall.  

At Sofitel The Palm, Studio Harcourt Paris is inviting you to its Ephemeral Studio

Yousra LAHBABI - 31-janv.-2016 09:55:24
United Arab Emirates; January 2016 - Sofitel the Palm welcomes you for a very unique and exclusive experience with Studio Harcourt, the most famous photographic studio in Paris. Iconic Home of the refined Parisian high society, Studio Harcourt was founded in 1934 by Cosette Harcourt. Since that time, it is known for immortalizing international personalities from the arts, sports, economics or politics but also anonymous seeking for elegance. Mrs Catherine Renard, CEO of the famous studio said: “Our first stay in Dubai was in 2011. At that time, we had opportunity to picture Nayla al Khaja, UAE filmmaker who won the "Emirates Women of the Year Award" in 2005" . She added: “A few years later, after receiving many Emiratis in our studio in Paris, the Alliance Française asked us to have an exhibition in the Dubai Film Festival context. Catherine Deneuve’s new portrait was revealed on that occasion. Today our portraits decorate the Sofitel The Palm library and we are pleased to invite you to live the Studio Harcourt experience and get your portrait signed  by "Harcourt Paris".” A Studio Harcourt portrait is a unique artwork. Its light, signature and seal guarantee its inherited know-how from the greatest movie directors. Kevin Spacey, Bhavna Pani, Halle Berry, Keanu Reeves, Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, Omar Sharif, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Cate Blanchett, Amitabh Bachchran , are all part of the Studio Harcourt legend. Become a star through a two-hour ritual: •          A Studio Harcourt manager welcomes you to discover the history of the House. •          Then, Studio Harcourt will offer you a special makeup session by a professional make-up artist. •          Guided in your attitudes and expressions, you pose as you would do with a painter. Light is sculpted around you, according to the Studio know-how. •          One or two days following the session, you are invited to come back to Sofitel The Palm, to discover your pictures and choose THE picture you want as your Studio Harcourt portrait. The picture is send to the laboratory to be retouched according to Studio Harcourt quality standards. The portrait, signed “Harcourt Paris”, is printed on art paper (size 24x30 cm) and sent about a month after the selection. We are offering the following portraits: Individual Portrait Couple Portrait Family Portrait (4-6) Book your photo shooting now! Contact : Yousra LAHBABI Mobile : +971-56-470-2382

French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Yousra Lahbabi - 05-nov.-2014 14:58:53
Véronique Cuziol, project head at Ubifrance, believes that the French mechanical engineering sector shows the best of the French manufacturing: “No, not all French industries are in decline. Some sectors are successful. For example, the mechanical engineering industry.” What exactly is this stellar industry all about? Mechanical engineering firms are diverse in products and services, but broadly they service and produce valued added products for the automobile, aerospace and railway industries.   The French mechanical engineering industry has a turnover of 113 billion euros annually, of which 45.6 billion are exported. These figures rank sixth worldwide and third within Europe. Overall there are over 50000 companies in the industry, including a few large players (Fives, Alstom, Areva and Air Liquide) and a healthy majority of smaller companies: 95% of all firms are  SMEs and start-ups.   Besides the USA and China, European markets are the traditional destinations of French exports in this sector. Germany remains by far the biggest importer. Therefore it’s not surprising that a great part of French mechanical engineering companies can be found at the world’s biggest industrial fair in Germany, the Hannover Messe.   French companies, and in particular SMEs, have been exceptionally effective in leveraging the country’s research clusters, some of the best in the world, into innovative solutions. A great example is the Mont Blanc Industries cluster, which specializes in precision machining, mechatronics and other advanced industrial techniques. There is a collective, national interest in creating what is being called the “Factory of the Future”: disruptive investments in technologies such as energy efficiency, 3d printing, and advanced robotics that will redefine the future of manufacturing through increased efficiency and reduction in costs.   Some of these French start-ups are making big splashes with innovative products. For example the French Expliseat, founded in 2011, produces the world’s lightest seat while also offering an innovative and ergonomic design, the “Titanium Seat.” Expliseat has recently received certification from the FAA (Federal American Aviation Administration) and can therefore supply the US aircraft industry.    Another example of a successful subsector is the textile machinery manufacturing: French firms offer extremely targeted and innovative products and an excellent customer service, as well as a highly skilled workforce.   The top 100 French subcontracting companies include a number of large businesses such as the LISI Group, which has a turnover of over one billion euros. There are also a myriad of smaller but nevertheless very ambitious companies such as Manoir Industries: specializing in metal forging and foundry, their objective is to become the world’s leader in the production of metals for the nuclear, oil & gas, petro-chemistry and construction sectors.   One must remember that France is one of the most attractive countries in Europe in terms of foreign investments, ranking 4th in the world in terms of industrial FDI. This is no surprise give that foreign investors have access to the second biggest economy in Europe, third highest hourly labour productivity, excellent infrastructure, and a central geographic position. Furthermore, France ranks second in Europe for the number of patent applications, with one in ten of these patents being the result of collaboration between a French and a foreign company.   Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion, has 80 offices overseas. Its role is to help French companies in marketing their products abroad, as well assist foreign companies in finding French suppliers or partners.   More information about French companies :  French exporters directory mechanical engineering   

The French offer in all its diversity on 3 French Pavilions at the GULFOOD Manufacturing 2014 & the Autumn Food Shows - 9 - 11 November 2014 Dubai -

Miryem Oukas Messidi - 05-nov.-2014 09:24:06
United Arab Emirates; November 2014 – With the new region’s biggest-ever trade show launched GULFOOD Manufacturing - dedicated to ingredients, processing and packaging equipment, co-located with the Autumn Food Shows - the French presence, renowned for its expertise, quality of products and equipment is highly expected.  Fifty French companies will be spread over 3 French Pavilions and will take part in this outstanding event from the 9th to the 11th November 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.   The Dubai World Trade Centre is organizing the first edition of Gulfood Manufacturing – the region’s biggest-ever trade show launched to highlight food logistics, processing, packaging and ingredients sectors. This trade show will be co-located with the DWTC’s annual Autumn Food Shows: The Speciality Food Festival, Seafex Middle East, Sweets & Snacks Middle East.    The quality of the French products is highly appreciated, especially in the Middle East where the hospitality sector is experiencing an unprecedented development. In the UAE, the French exports of food & beverage products increased by 95 % in 5 years (between 2009 and 2013).  At global level, France is the 5th largest exporter of food & beverage products since 2011, with 63.4 billion USD in 2013 (increase by 5.94% compared to 2012).  France is also very active on all G.C.C markets.  For instance, Saudi Arabia is considered as the largest export market for French companies in the food & beverage products, with 937 million USD in 2013 (increase by 21.04% compared to 2012). France is the 6th for the export of equipment in the food industry. In 2013, they amounted around 763 million USD (increase by 3.16 % compared to 2012). (Source of data: UBIFRANCE, from COM TRADE-French Customs)   For the fifth year in a row, the French Pavilion at Speciality Food Festival/Seafex 2014 offers an extensive range of gourmet foods: chocolate, candy, honey, fish and seafood, Halal meat and poultry, organic fruit juices, and other egg products …  The French pavilion will host 13 French companies on an area of 108 sqm (France Information: stand G4-45, Hall 4).   25 French companies will exhibit their Equipment/Products for the first time at the Gulfood Manufacturing: Process & Packaging. They will showcase their know-how, technology, design and high finish. Importers/distributors have this unique opportunity to discover those companies that have made French process and packaging’s reputation. The French Pavilion at the ProPack Middle East sector will be located in ZABEEL HALL 1 on an area of 330 sqm (France Information: stand B1-44).    12 French companies will showcase their new products at the Gulfood Manufacturing: Ingredients. They will introduce dairy farming, pastry ingredients (Gelatin, food coloring agent, flavors for cake store, etc.)  This French Pavilion sector will be located in SHEIKH SAEED HALLS on an area of 184 sqm (France Information: stand S1-C61).  

Fnac Opens a Franchise in Qatar

Yousra Lahbabi - 23-oct.-2014 10:49:35
 United Arab Emirates; October 2014 - Fnac, the leading French distributor of cultural, recreational and technical products will launch in Qatar, in early 2015, its first franchise store in Doha, in the Lagoona Mall. The establishment of Fnac’s franchise in Doha will be in partnership with Darwish Holding, a pioneer in mass distribution and retail business in the Middle East.   Qatar is witnessing a strong economic development and a significant growth in its consumption. Moreover, the market of technical and cultural products upon which Fnac is increasingly developing, are well-expanding. The country is the world leader in terms of GDP per capita and thus attracts significant investments especially from major well-known and global distribution companies.   In this context, Fnac aims, firstly, to open four stores in Qatar over the next 5 years. This first opening is a favorable opportunity to consider a greater and more rapid development in the Middle East by adapting its different formats and store concepts to market needs whether in train stations, airports, duty-free, local community stores’ formats (small areas between 300 and 900 m2) .... After Morocco, Qatar is the second country in which the Fnac expands its franchise.   "As part of our development strategy, developed in 2011 under the impetus of our President, Alexandre Bompard, we are seeking new growth opportunities by, obviously, developing in new geographical areas, in France or internationally. In order to do this effectively and quickly, we have focused on franchise development, which has allowed us to open 35 outlets mainly in France in 36 months. This move towards a new geographic territory demonstrates once again the relevance of Fnac to franchising development, which allows it to quickly seize opportunities for growth based on the expertise of leading player actors, "says Manuel biota, Director of Franchise and partnerships in Fnac.   PRESS CONTACTS MiryemOukasMessidi Head of communications – Press office & Regional Development UBIFRANCE Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15

France’s investment attractiveness holds firm in 2013

Miryem Oukas Messidi - 18-mai-2014 14:51:05
Dubai, May 18th, 2014. The “2013 Report: Job-creating foreign investment in France” provides an analysis of the source, nature and breakdown of foreign job-creating investments in France, as recorded by the Invest in France Agency (IFA) and its regional partners.  In 2013, job-creating foreign investment maintained its upward trend, with a stronger contribution to employment than in 2012: France attracted 685 new projects, compared with 693 in 2012. These investment decisions enabled 29,631 jobs to be created or retained, up from 25,908 in 2012. The results, announced by President Hollande on February 17th in Paris at a Strategic Attractiveness Council meeting attended by around 35 foreign business leaders, highlight the resilience of France’s investment attractiveness in 2013 amid slow economic growth in Europe. The United States remained the leading source country, despite the number of investment decisions falling from 156 in 2012 to 122 in 2013, accounting for 18% of all foreign investments. Europe was responsible for 61% of new projects, compared with 58% the previous year. Germany was again the leading European investor and second overall after the United States, with 106 projects. Italy remained the second ranked European country, with 64 investment decisions. Several European source countries saw their results increase significantly, most notably the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria. The proportion of projects from emerging economies continued to grow, accounting for 11% of all foreign investments, with 44 countries in all investing in France, up from 39 in 2012. China remained the eighth largest investor overall, with 33 projects, preceded by Japan with 35. France continued to attract investments from GCC with 13 investment projects in 2013, enabling 514 jobs to be created or retained. Saudi Arabia and the UAE remained the leading source country in GCC, with 8 projects. Other GCC countries recorded rises, including Qatar and Bahrain. Investment projects from GCC are mainly related to production activities (chemical industry, plastics, aeronautics) and decision centers (primo-implantation). The structure of investment projects has increased added value with the establishment of 2 R&D centers. The number of foreign investment projects in R&D, engineering and design operations rose sharply from 58 in 2012 to reach an all-time high of 77 investment decisions in 2013. There was a 13% increase in R&D projects (51), with the leading investors hailing from the United States, Germany and Japan, accounting for 30%, 13% and 9%, respectively, of foreign R&D investment. The digital sector, which spurs innovation across all industries, was the leading recipient of foreign investment in France, as it has been since 2011. The number of investments in production/manufacturing activities, which had been falling since 2010, rose again in 2013 to 209 decisions, compared with 194 in 2012. These projects accounted for 11,829 jobs, or 40% of jobs generated by foreign investment. Germany was the leading foreign investor in this area with 41 projects, accounting for 20% of all production/manufacturing investments. There was a considerable increase in takeovers of ailing sites, with 65 such projects compared with 29 in 2012, leading to a 50% rise in the number of jobs maintained. “We are very pleased to see France break a new record in 2013 for the number of GCC investment decisions, especially in manufacturing activities and R&D operations, which have doubled from 2012 to 2013. This outstanding result confirms the quality of France’s innovation ecosystem, all thanks to the creativity of France’s talented individuals and the government’s bold policies that are appreciated by foreign investors”, commented Mr. Salim Saïfi, chief representative of Invest in France Agency in the Middle East.   About Invest in France Agency (IFA) is the national agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. The IFA network operates worldwide, with offices in France as well as in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In France, the IFA works in partnership with regional partners to offer international investors outstanding business opportunities and customized services. For further information, please visit To contact IFA: Salim SAIFI: Press contacts: Tarek Solimane Head of Communication& press office +971 50 708 24 69    Miryem Oukas Press attaché +971 56 957 66 13 Tarek Solimane Head of Communication& press office +971 50 708 24 69 Miryem Oukas Press attaché +971 56 957 66 13  
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