DuPont eyes the Halal food market

DuPont Health and Nutrition Senior Leadership to address global food challenges at Gulfood 2011

DuPont, one of the leading science-powered innovative companies is addressing the global issue of increasing demand for food at the Gulfood 2011 scheduled from 27th February – 2nd March, 2011 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Dubai. DuPont will present comprehensive solutions to the food industry by addressing food safety, ingredients and packaging solutions.

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, February 15 – 2011At the 6th Dubai International Food Safety Conference (DIFSC), Craig Benneti, President – DuPont Nutrition & Health and DuPont Applied BioSciences; and Chairman – Solae, will deliver the welcome address on February 28th and will also open the session on March 1st at 10:00 am addressing the global aspect of the increasing need for food.

Heike van de Kerkhof, Global Director for DuPont Packaging & Europe, Middle East and Africa [EMEA] Food Industry Board Leader will share global food packaging trends and Michele Fite, Vice President – Global Strategy & Marketing & Specialty Business will present DuPont food ingredients including benefits and versatility of soy ingredients and different applications in specialty meat and in Halal products especially for the Middle East market.

“Increasing food production is a high priority initiative for DuPont. DuPont is uniquely positioned to work with customers, business partners, governments and public-private partnerships to address the megatrend of increasing global food production across the value chain by boosting crop yield through advanced seed genetics, agronomic practices and product innovations that help farmers maximize productivity and quality; advancing the nutritional content derived from crops such as soybeans, while increasing accessibility to these products; supplying innovative packaging to preserve food quality; and developing efficient quality-testing systems to ensure a safe food supply,” said Eser Acarkan, Food Industry Leader -Turkey, Middle East and Africa.

“Middle East’s population is expected to grow to more than half a billion people in the next 20 years and as United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization warns that food production will have to increase by 70% in the next 40 years to feed a rapidly growing global population. This dramatic growth poses a lot of challenges and opportunities and hence at DIFSC, DuPont food senior leaders will address numerous emerging risks and needs that are identified in the Middle East food industry. DuPont invests about half of its $1.6bn annual research and development budget to furthering this goal. We are committed to the local market and to address its needs and demands,” she added.