GFIA has a long history of hosting valuable side events, curated by experts and companies at the cutting-edge of sustainable food production.
Interested in holding your own side-event? Contact Nicola Davison.
All side events are free to attend and open to all visitors unless otherwise stated.
Check back soon for a full timetable of side-events.
Agritecture Consulting is organising an Indoor Agriculture Pavilion at GFIA Abu Dhabi, as well as hosting a series of conference sessions on day 1 for indoor farming – an unmissable opportunity for those focusing on growth in the MENA region. They are now taking applications from sponsors, speakers, participants and exhibitors looking to get involved.
Indoor Agriculture Conference outline: 9th March | 1-5pm
Cooling Produce is Key to Marketing Success
Hosted by University of California Davis
This workshop will cover the reasons why cooling perishable produce is so important and the best methods for cooling specific produce items. Topics will include the influence of temperature on produce quality and safety, as well as its rate of deterioration after harvest. Deterioration can include water loss and shriveling, excess softening, and growth of disease organisms. The pros and cons of different methods of produce cooling (room cooling, hydro-cooling, forced-air cooling, vacuum cooling, icing) will be covered along with details of how to properly use each method from an engineering and product quality standpoint. Options for packing of produce and the influence of packaging on cooling efficiency will also be discussed.
HVACR Leadership Workshop “Reducing the Energy Bill: Cold Storage”
Hosted by Eurovent Middle East
Leading industry experts will elaborate on key technologies and strategies to reduce energy consumption in the food cold chain. In a region such as the GCC where most fresh food items are imported, it is of vital importance to ensure that the food cold chain remains uncompromised in a sustainable, cost-effective manner to the benefit of both stakeholders and consumers.
‘HVACR Leadership Workshops’ is a seminar series by Eurovent Middle East, tailor-made for engineering and MEP consultants, investors and planners in the UAE, with the core aim of informing them about standards and industry recommendations in the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.