Hosted Buyer Programme

With the support of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), 501 pre-qualified, fully hosted F&B buyers from 36 countries attended SIAL Middle East 2016, with the purpose of sourcing new products, meeting with suppliers and developing new business.


In 2016, hosted buyers and exhibitors benefitted from the Hosted Buyer Introduction Suite, which is a private dedicated space for Hosted Buyers to meet with selected batch of exhibitors that match their sourcing requirements in 9 structured 'Speed Networking Sessions'. The number of introductions and meetings that took place between exhibitors and hosted buyers was 9,046 and 97% of the hosted buyers rated the quality of these meetings from good to excellent.


Who qualifies?

Purchasing and procurement executives of major wholesaler groups, food distribution and trading companies, supermarket chains, hotel chains, government bodies, foodservice companies, cruise line operators, airlines and military forces.

Why be part of the Hosted Buyer Programme? 

  • Source products efficiently through pre-arranged appointments with worldwide suppliers and manufacturers

  • Be the first to see new product launches

  • Network with top international food industry professionals

  • Witness latest food trends & innovations

  • Attend educational seminars, debates, conferences and workshops. 

Programme benefits

  • One-to-one meetings with exhibitors of your choice

  • A free access-all-areas pass to SIAL Middle East

  • Entry to an exclusive Hosted Buyer Lounge with complimentary lunch, snacks, and internet access

  • Return flights ticket to Abu Dhabi (selected routes only)

  • Hotel accommodation in Abu Dhabi (for overseas buyers)

  • Airport “meet and assist” service on arrival

  • Complimentary transfers to and from the show venue (available only for selected VIP buyers).

  • A parking ticket at the venue if you choose to drive yourself (for UAE Buyers)

  • Access to exhibitor contact details

  • Free invitation to SIAL Middle East Exhibitor & Hosted Buyer Reception

  • Opportunity to purchase tickets for The Mercurys Gala Dinner Award Ceremony, the most prestigious travel catering awards held at Shangri-La, Abu Dhabi

For further details please contact us at [email protected]



5th December 2016 

Grocery Products, dried products

Meat & Tripe, Poultry & Game, Cured & Salted Meat  

Dates and nuts

6th December 2016 

Confectionery, biscuits and dairy

Fish and seafood

Dairy Products, eggs

7th December 2016

Fruits and vegetables, dried fruits

Non-alcoholic beverages

Grocery Products, dried products


“After our experience in importing and visiting a lot of countries in Europe, South America or Asia, I can tell this is one of the best Hosted Buyer Programme we have done”

Hosted Buyer, Qatar