France is hosting two pavilions at Gulfood this year, divided into "food & drink" and "food service & catering equipment" sectors including more than 90 companies.
The market in the GCC is booming for French companies, with French exports of F&B products increasing by 80% over the last five years in the UAE, and Saudi Arabia is considered the largest export market for F&B products standing at US $830.33 million in 2012.
In 2012, the total export value to the UAE was around US $408.74 million, showing a 13% increase from 2011. In 2007, this figure stood at $226.58 million.
France is also the 5th largest exporter of equipment for the food industry in the UAE, and is highly present in the bakery and dairy industries.
The food & drink sector is located in Sheikh Saeed Halls, while the food service and catering equipment can be found in Za'abeel Hall.