Over 100 firms to participate in Menope

Menope, an organic and natural products exhibition, is entering its 11th edition in 2013 and will run on December 3-5 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Global Links, organisers of the expo, said the show has attracted major participation from global companies including larger pavilion participation from India.

The expo is endorsed by UAE’s Ministry of Environment & Water, Dubai Municipality and the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. It is supported by International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), ministries of agriculture of Philippines and Malaysia.

“Over the last decade, Menope has remained an active destination for exhibitors from across the world who has been eyeing the growing pie of organic and natural products market in the Middle East region,” said Nadim Al Fuqaha, Managing Director Global Links.

“This year we have significant participation from major global companies from across 25 countries, reinforcing the expo’s salience in the context of the increasing trade volumes in the organic and natural product market in the Middle East,” he said.

Nadim said that participation from the region, including a larger contingent of companies from India, was the highlight of the year.

“The show has grown in stature as well as volumes every year in line with the growth of the natural and organic foods market in the Middle East till a few years ago. The growth of the ME market is propelled by the heightened awareness on good, natural health and a lifestyle that is sustainable,” he said.

“In the last 10 years, Menope has been an integral part of the growth story of the organic and natural products market in the region. Standing at the threshold of Menope 2013, we feel proud and honored to be part of this growth saga and in being instrumental to some extent in catalyzing the regional demand for organic and natural products,” said  Joby Mathew, Head of Exhibitions, Global Links.

According to the organisers, Menope has kept up a steady pace of growth in terms of visitor numbers and exhibitor participation in the last many years. The show has also maintained its knowledge-centric characteristics every year by adding activities that enhance information on organic and natural products and its benefits.

“We do believe that the growth potential for organic and natural products is a continuing success story and there is huge untapped potential in the market. Growth for natural and organic products in the region is driven by factors such as a predominance of youth among the regional population and a rise in the number of professional class in the region. A fast emerging awareness on health and safety, environment, sustainable development etc… is also catalysing the organic growth trend,” Mathew said.

Menope 2013 will showcase a variety of products spanning across herbals and spices, food and beverages, cereal products, supplements, healthcare products, natural living, natural cosmetics, healing products, natural remedies, traditional medicines, spas, relaxation facilities, pet products and fabrics.