By Sandhya D'Mello Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As the Gulfood 2016 expo gets underway in Dubai, the Khaleej Times takes a look at women entrepreneurship and leadership in the food industry. Australia-based Dalene Wray, general manager of OBE Organic, said the food industry is a great place for women in business, especially as women are often the primary decision maker on food for their households.
UAE residents can sharpen their taste buds as the gates for the 21st edition of Gulfood 2016 opens today.
Khaleej Times decided to explore women in food industry and their take on what it is to cook corporate results along with the challenge of matching equally strong culinary skills.
Aarti Jethwani, executive director, Eurostar Group, said the innate understanding of bringing nutritious food to the table and the hands-on experience, coupled with the access to modern business operations makes an interesting equation in taking the business to new heights.
"I truly enjoy exploring quality products and unique flavours from around the world, seeking out partnerships with world-class brands and manufacturers, and believe that ability or sense of the right flavour gives a distinctive edge to the business," she said.
Priyanka Mittal, member of the board of directors at KRBL Limited is a regular participant at Gulfood said. "There is greater emphasis today on understanding the technology and science behind the food we consume along with the nutritional composition. This issue too finds greater empathy with woman leaders as we progress towards providing nutritionally more holistic meals for our family," she said.
Cristina Cordon, chief executive of ITV Ice Makers, said two of the most powerful companies in this business are headed by women.
"I have always found that acceptance and success in the ice industry is based on abilities and performance and not gender. As I became more involved in the industry, I am amazed how many women have also become involved," she said.
Australia-based Dalene Wray, general manager of OBE Organic, said the food industry is a great place for female leadership, especially as women are often the primary decision maker on food for their households.
"In many parts of the world women dominate grocery spending and it's critical to understand how women think, behave and buy. Not only as a woman, but also as a mum, I can emphasize with other mums who are trying to make the healthiest and best food choices for their children."
"People around the world are becoming fed up with unhealthy, overly-processed foods containing chemicals like herbicides and pesticides. As the leader of one of the world's oldest organic beef exporters, I'm proud to advocate for healthy, safe, organic food for families around the world," she added.