Masthead - FoodChain Middle East


The 8th edition of the Food Chain conference will focus on two very important links of the cold chain – transport refrigeration, and large- and medium-sized cold storage warehouses. It will be held against the backdrop of the World EXPO 2020 in Dubai, which is expected to attract 25 million visitors, which will need a ramp up in cold chain infrastructure to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The ramifications of the conference go beyond the duration of the EXPO, though, as it will ensure the strengthening of an essential infrastructure, in line with the socio-economic development goals of the UAE and the GCC region, in general.

The twin objectives of the conference are:

  • To increase the existing knowledge on transport refrigeration (body-building, O&M) and cold storage warehousing (design, construction, O&M), and
  • To suggest regulation- and enforcement-related measures (codes, standards and inspection processes – procedures, checklists and other documents) and changes specific to the two aspects through referencing global best practices and standards.

Event Format

The Conference will follow the traditional format of a healthy mix of presentations and panel discussions, interspersed by structured audience involvement. The conference will feature Government planners, policy-makers, and regulation and enforcement bodies, who will be invited to share updates on codes and standards; specialised refrigeration consultants; specialised refrigeration contractors; facility owners (hypermarkets, wholesalers, 3PL); and manufacturers and suppliers of refrigeration and airflow equipment.