Food for Life Spain


Mediterranean Diet: Secrets to a long and healthy life

According to the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 countries on various health factors, Spain takes the crown world’s healthiest country due to “Mediterranean Diet”. Spaniards have the highest life expectancy at birth in the EU and are only behind Switzerland and Japan globally and the index provides insights and explanations about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. In light of this, Spanish organizations are taking full advantage of the ‘eat healthy’ trend and innovate to develop healthy food products with focus on quality and great taste.

This session will highlight use cases and best practices of Innovation in food R&D from some of the major and most innovative food companies in Spain, the session will be followed by a panel discussion that discuss the future of food and innovation.



Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe. HE Ambassador of Spain in UAE – 5 min


Mr. Carlos de la Cruz. Director of Evaluation and Technological Cooperation of the Spanish Agency of Innovation-CDTI– 5 min



Mr. Eduardo Cotillas. R&D Director of FIAB – 15 min

FIAB is the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB) that represents, since 1977, the Spanish food and beverage industry, the country’s first industrial sector.

Subject: Mediterranean diet: from Spain to the world through Innovation

Mr. Jorge Saludes. AINIA Technological Center – 15 min

AINIA is a technology centre established in 1987 as a non-profit organization. It is one of the European Technology Centres with the largest corporate social system with more than 700 associated companies and 1,300 clients.

Subject: Trends in Nutrition for innovation in healthy foods and beverages

Mr. Carlos González Navarro. FOOD FOR LIFE TECHNOLOGICAL PLATFORM – 15 min

The Food for Life-Spain Technology Platform is a space that aims to boost research, development and innovation in the Food and Beverage Industry. Mr. Carlos González is the President of Food and Health Work Group in this technological Platform.

Subject: Nutrition Science: a great opportunity for food industry

PANEL DISCUSSION – 15 min + 3 min Q&A


This panel discussion will highlight how Spanish companies are leveraging innovation to develop unique food products that’s answers to the needs of MENA consumers; the session will highlight what the future of food will looks like in the next 10 years.

Day: 18th February 2020

Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre

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