The 23rd edition of Seafood Expo Global and the 17th edition of Seafood Processing Global, produced by Diversified Communications, took place at the BRUSSELS EXPO 21-23 April 2015. Together, the event covered 36,063 m², making it a record-breaking year and the largest meeting place in the world for seafood professionals. Over the three days, 26,652 seafood professionals and decision-makers from 144 countries gathered in Brussels to review global innovations and intelligent solutions to meet consumer demands.
Expanding this year into Hall 8, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global welcomed 1,761 exhibitors from 72 countries, including 66 national and regional pavilions. The exhibiting companies displayed a variety of seafood products, both fresh and frozen, sourced from aquaculture and fishing, along with services relating to marine products, transportation, refrigerated logistics and packaging equipment.
The exposition offers a platform where suppliers and buyers can do business and build professional networks. This annual event brings together thousands of buyers, importers, exporters, distributors, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and other retailers and food service companies from 144 countries.
“Seafood Expo Global is a fantastic opportunity for buyers to find new suppliers, new products, connect with existing suppliers and develop new ideas,” explained Sandy Anderson, Senior Food Buyer at Elior, one of 387 Key Buyers who attended the event this year. Other Key Buyers who attended included the following companies: Compass Group (France, United Kingdom, Germany); Turkish Do & Co (Turkey); AEON Global Merchandising (Japan); Aldi (Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom); AUCHAN (France, Portugal); Axfood (Sweden); Carrefour (Belgium, France, Romania, Spain, United States); Coop (Denmark, Italy, Switzerland); Costco Wholesale (United Kingdom); Jeronimo Martins (Colombia, Poland, Portugal); Metro (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Ukraine); REWE (Germany, Latvia, Thailand) and WalMart (Brazil, United States).
Brussels, as capital of the European Union, is filled with official delegations from around the world and many international not-for-profit organizations. It is the ideal place to meet and network with professionals from around the world. The organizers of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global also work in collaboration with VISITBRUSSELS to welcome thousands of attendees in Brussels.
Awards were presented for the prestigious Seafood Prix d’Élite competition that recognizes innovative companies in a number of categories. On 21 April, the company Salmon Brands, based in Oslo, Norway, won both the best new retail product category and the special award for originality, with its entry Salmaraw, a ready-to-eat sashimi in kit form.
The special award for Health and Nutrition went to Marine Harvest from Bruges, Belgium, for its product Oven-baked Norwegian Duo (Duo Norvégien au Four). The Big Prawn Company from Melton Constable in the United Kingdom took home the special award for convenience for its Seafood Rarebit product, as well as the special award for packaging for its 2 Crayfish Thermidor Bakes product.Finally, Rockabill Shellfish Limited based in Balbriggan, Ireland, won the special award for seafood product line, for its “Something Fishy” product. In this 15th annual competition, a panel of experts in seafood products judged 37 finalists on their taste, originality, practicality, packaging, market potential and nutritional aspects.