Rice & Grains 2012
We are delighted to announce that Rice & Grains 2013 will take place in Abu Dhabi and form a unique extension of SIAL Middle East.

Exhibitors within this dedicated area will be able to take full advantage of the 15,000 F&B buyers attending SIAL Middle East.


The Middle East has little farmland, even less water, and is now the world’s largest importer of food commodities.

> The GCC imports 90% of its food requirements and depends entirely on imports for its maize, rice and barley demand
> Cereals accounted for 43.7% of total consumption in 2011
> With a population growing at three times the global average, food imports will double by 2020 to a value of US$53.1 billion

The value of rice trade in the UAE alone is US$ 2 billion annually. Importing rice from 32 countries and exporting it to 80 countries, makes the UAE the largest re-exporter of rice in the world and offers a unique opportunity for sellers to penetrate markets in Africa and Asia.

Reach those markets by booking a stand today. Rice & Grains will take place in hall 5 of SIAL Middle East.

To discuss stand availability, please contact:
T: +971 2 401 2949
E: info@sialme.com

HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister for Foreign Trade UAE, touring Rice & Grains

Launched in 2011, Rice & Grains hosted exhibitors from 60 countries and attracted over 3,000 key buyers of rice and rice-related products.

Including an exhibition, conference, one-to-one buyer meetings and networking opportunities, Rice & Grains combines the biggest brands, the latest technologies, the newest products and expert insights into three days of unlimited business opportunities.

of exhibitors stated their experience had been good or excellent agreed that Rice & Grains is a must attend event rated the quality of visitors as good or excellent

Key features in 2013

Hosted buyer programme. Forming part of the SIAL Middle East buyers programme, the Abu Dhabi Government will approve 500 of the region’s top food buyers to be fully hosted for a three day trip to Abu Dhabi. Rice & Grains exhibitors will be able to request meetings with selected buyers through an online booking system prior to the event.

Rice & Grains workshop series. From analysis on new markets and retail trends to cost reduction and fair-trade policies, this series of free workshops will form the knowledge and networking hub of the event. Meet the captains of industry, the analysts and visionaries who are shaping the business and marketing strategies that will define the industry in 2014 and beyond.

Importing rice from 32 countries and exporting it to 80 countries, makes the UAE the largest re-exporter of rice in the world and offers a unique opportunity to penetrate markets in Africa and Asia.

In 2012, 66% of hosted buyers had an average purchasing power of over US$500,000. For as little as US$3,924 you could be winning new business.

> Present your products to over 15,000 trade visitors to Rice & Grains and SIAL Middle East
> Arrange meetings with 500 hosted buyers
> Motivate sales networks and grow your presence in the region
> Find new agents and distributors
> Sign new contracts the easiest way – by meeting people face to face

Exhibitors include companies specialising in:

> Production and milling
> Trade and distribution
> Packing and packaging
> Processed and fermented foods
> Processing machinery
> Storage and protection devices

Stand packages:

Space only stand: Your company is free to design and construct its own stand – ideal if you want to stand out amongst the crowd.
Price: US$377 per sqm (minimum of 24 sqm required)
 
Shell scheme stand: Your stand will include modular walls, name board, carpet, lighting, 13amp power socket, electricity and basic stand cleaning.
Price: US$436 per sqm (minimum of 9 sqm required)

Upgraded shell scheme stand: A shell scheme stand with additional furniture package (table, chairs, shelves, counter)
Price: US$463 per sqm (minimum of 9 sqm required)
 
For further information on exhibiting or sponsorship, email info@sialme.com or call +971 2 401 2949.

Rice cultivation is the principal activity and source of income for millions of households around the globe, and several countries of Asia and Africa are highly dependent on rice as a source of foreign exchange earnings and government revenue.

Today, rice is grown and harvested on every continent except Antarctica, where conditions make its growth impossible. Asian farmers still account for 92-percent of the world's total rice production. More than 550 million tons of rice is produced annually around the globe.

The world's major rice-producing countries - including the two most populous nations, China and India - have emphasized the importance of continuing to develop new rice varieties to guarantee Asia's food security and support the region's economic development.

Exporting  Countries
1. Thailand … 10 million tons (34.5% of global rice exports)
2. India … 4.8 million tons (16.5%)
3. Vietnam … 4.1 million tons (14.1%)
4. Pakistan … 1.8 million tons (6.3%)
5. China (including Taiwan) … 901,550 tons (3.1%)
6. Egypt … 836,940 tons (2.9%)
7. Guyana … 256,330 tons (0.9%)
8. United Arab Emirates … 164,350 tons (0.6%)
9. Myanmar … 150,030 tons (0.5%)

Importing Countries
1. Nigeria … 1.4 million tons (4.8% of global rice imports)
2. Saudi Arabia … 1.2 million tons (4.2%)
3. Philippines … 1 million tons (3.6%)
4. Iran … 986,000 tons (3.4%)
5. China … 928,210 tons (3.2%)
6. Senegal … 822,550 tons (2.8%)
7. South Africa … 744,840 tons (2.6%)
8. United Arab Emirates … 717,710 tons (2.5%)
9. Russia (Europe) … 618,460 tons (2.1%)
10. United Kingdom … 569,560 tons (2%)
11. Malaysia … 523,660 tons (1.8%)
12. Indonesia … 390,830 tons (1.3%)
13. Singapore … 346,700 tons (1.2%)
14. Yemen … 322,240 tons (1.1%)
15. Sri Lanka … 240,700 tons (0.8%)
16. Syria … 236,710 tons (0.8%)
17. Kuwait … 150,620 tons (0.5%)
18. Oman … 149,830 tons (0.5%)
19. Jordan … 135,890 tons (0.5%).

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