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The Middle East’s food packaging industry is expected to grow by 10% to 15 % annually. This according to Al Bayader International, distributor and manufacturer of food packaging products for retail and catering.

According to online media reports, the Middle East’s labelling sector is also growing.
It is said that the worldwide labelling business is growing at 6% to 7% annually with the Middle East expanding rapidly. This as European, Japanese and American markets slow down.

This growth was apparent at the 14th Gulfood Exhibition which took place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The exhibition, which took place from February 23 - 26, featured the latest news in food and beverages as well as the latest on processing, packaging and labelling related specifically to the food industry.

Although this year’s official numbers were not out at deadline, last year’s event saw 11,093 professionals visiting specifically for the processing, packaging, labelling machinery and equipment sector.