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Diversified Business Communications, the producer of the 21st edition of the European Seafood Exposition and 15th edition of Seafood Processing Europe that took place last April in Brussels, Belgium, is pleased to report the events’ strong performance.


More than 25,840 buyers and sellers were in attendance, with visitors from 145 countries. A total of 1,697 exhibiting companies came from 76 countries to showcase their seafood, seafood products, equipment, and services. The total exhibitor space occupied in Brussels Expo was 33,842 square meters, including 68 national and regional pavilions from Albania to Yemen.

“We’ve seen growth in the number of companies participating in the exposition,” said Liz Plizga, Show Director for Diversified Business Communications. “This is an indication that this industry remains strong even amidst the economic condition in Europe and proves that companies from all around the globe find value in meeting face-to-face and in the relationships they develop at the exposition,” she said.

Event highlights included the 13th anniversary of the prestigious Seafood Prix d’Elite New Product competition, which had 42 finalists companies competing in seven prize categories. The 2013 Prix d’Elite winners included the following:

  • Best New Retail Product: The Big Prawn Company of Melton Constable, United Kingdom, for its Squid and Apple Black Pudding with Scallops and Minted Pea Purée, a convenient, ready-to-cook version of a favorite British dish.
  • Best New Foodservice Product: Globe Export, France, for Fresh Seaweed in Sea Water. This line of five different fresh seaweeds from Bretagne includes dulse, nori, wakame, sea lettuce and sea bean, packed separately in seawater in 400-gram tubs.

Next year’s events will be held 6-8 May 2014 at the Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium, under their new names Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global. 


Brussels, Belgium – The 21st edition of the European Seafood Exposition and the 15th edition of Seafood Processing Europe will open their doors 23 – 25 April 2013 at the BRUSSELS EXPO in Brussels, Belgium.  Together these events are the world’s largest seafood trade fair attracting over 25,000 top buyers and sellers for three days of sourcing products and networking with industry professionals.

seafood-expo-2012-2The European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe events offer the opportunity to connect with an international customer base— all in one location.  Exhibitors represent over 70 countries and buyers from all major purchasing categories: importer/exporter; broker/trader; processor; fishing company & aquaculture; services; distribution/wholesale; retail; and foodservice and catering, attend from over 140 countries.

High volume buyers come from all around the world to source new products and find the newest ideas and technologies emerging into the market.  Companies represented at the event include Accor, Ahold, Aldi Zaandam B.V., ASDA, Auchan, Carrefour, Casino Global Sourcing, Costco Wholesale Corporation, Delhaize Group, Esselunga S.p.A, Grupo Eroski, LSG Sky Chefs, Makro/Makro Cash & Carry, Marks & Spencer, Metro/Metro Cash & Carry, Sainsbury’s, Sodexo, TESCO, and many more.

Top 10 products visitors look for at the European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe are frozen seafood, fresh seafood, aquaculture/farm-raised seafood, primary processing equipment, value-added seafood, transportation/logistics/cold storage, services, packaging materials & equipment, canned seafood and live seafood.

“The [European Seafood Exposition] puts all the products and the suppliers that we want to deal with in one place…The range of seafood available, quality and diversity of exhibitors and overall layout were excellent,” said past attendee John Gay, Senior Manager Agency Lines, Tassal Group Ltd.

Every year buying decisions are made during and immediately following the three-day event.  In 2012, 83 percent of visitors were involved in purchasing decisions and 71 percent planned on purchasing products or services as a result of attending the event.*

At the 2012 event, 93 percent of attendees surveyed expressed their intention of returning to the 2013 Exposition.

Visit www.euroseafood.com and for more information on the 2013 European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe.