Global Restaurant Investment Forum to launch in 2014!

Bench are proud to announce that the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) 2014 will launch next year in Dubai. The world foodservice industry is expected to reach almost $992 billion in 2014, according to Datamonitor; this represents more than 18% growth in five years. The market numbers in the UAE tell an extraordinary story: The casual dining sector alone turns over USD 600 million per annum. As for prospects for the future, a recent report by Horizons/TRIBE estimated that the UAE casual dining market will increase by 47% by 2015.

GRIF will appeal to a broad range of industry stakeholders. This event will bring together restaurant investors, lenders, operators, franchisors, franchisees, owners and suppliers. GRIF will act as both a platform for learning where the global thought leaders will share their experience and brainstorm industry challenges. An essential networking event for participants to come together, do deals and meet the right people from key suppliers. The aim is to create a community and a forum that does not currently exist. GRIF ’s perspective will be global, bringing in international players and drawing on expertise from mature markets. However, the focus will be on accessing the opportunity present in emerging markets.

There is no better time for investors to take advantage of a flourishing industry and this event will enable the key stakeholders of the industry to come together, further their knowledge, develop meaningful relationships and do deals.

Further information will be announced shortly, click here to join the Global Restaurant Investment Network on LinkedIn to stay up-to-date!