Tag Archives: food

The world’s largest seafood trade event in Brussels #seafood #trade #brussels

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.



Mon cher Watson #bruxelles #business #entrepreneurship #food

Une femme entreprenante Natacha SAGIT

Une femme entreprenante             Natacha SAGIT

Nous allons vous présenter des entrepreneurs ayant bénéficié d’un prêt chez Crédal et ayant lancé leur projet d’entreprise.

Commençons aujourd’hui avec Natacha Sagit du projet “Mon cher Watson!”

Le projet :

Il y a quelques moi Natacha Sagit lancait son projet d’entreprise en alimentation durable : “Mon cher Watson”. Il s’agit d’un atelier de déshydratation à base de fruits, légumes, céréales, graines et noix. Ce procédé permet aussi de disposer toute l’année de produits variés dans une démarche respectueuse et sans gaspillage

Les produits :

Les cuirs de fruits et/ou légumes: il s’agit de purées de fruits ou légumes auxquelles on peut ajouter des épices, des arômes ou toutes autres saveurs. Ces purées sont ensuite déshydratées durant plusieurs heures afin d’obtenir ce que l’on appelle un cuir, une sorte de feuille fine et souple au goût intense, concentré. Ces cuirs ont une forte valeur ajoutée en terme gustatif, décoratif et nutritionnel, ce qui laisse le champ libre à une grande créativité culinaire, tant au niveau des saveurs qu’au niveau du visuel. Ces cuirs peuvent être découpés à l’emporte-pièce ou façonnés en petits contenants individuels prêts à remplir selon les envies. Ils peuvent avoir une texture souple ou craquante.

Les “bis-crus”: On les appelle ainsi pour les opposer aux traditionnels biscuits cuits au four à 180°C. Il s’agit ici d’obtenir des biscuits, à partir de pâtes faites à base de graines que l’on fait sécher. Les graines utilisées sont le plus couramment les graines de lin, de tournesol, de courge, et de sésame. Des amandes, noisettes, noix et noix de cajou sont également requises dans la plupart des recettes. Là encore les graines et les noix contiennent un cocktail nutritif très intéressant. On leur confère également de grandes vertus pour notre santé, ce qui fait de ces “bis-crus” un genre de “super food” qui conviendra aussi bien aux sportifs en recherche d’aliments très nutritifs, mais également à quiconque désirant allier alimentation saine et “snacking”. Ces bis-crus peuvent être façonnés en forme de cuillère ou gressin. Il ne reste plus qu’à les tremper dans une sauce ou une purée avant de les manger.


Les sables: Ce sont des poudres de fruits ou de légumes auxquelles il est possible d’ajouter des épices ou des herbes aromatiques. Tout comme les cuirs, ces poudres offrent une concentration des saveurs, une palette de couleurs variées et une longue conservation, tout en gardant au maximum les nutriments. Elles permettent de parfumer une omelette, une vinaigrette, une sauce ou de saupoudrer des salades, une viande etc…





The European Commission published a proposal bringing together two currently separate school schemes, the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, under a joint framework. In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and to contribute to fight against obesity. With the slogan “Eat well – feel good”, this enhanced scheme from farm to school will put greater focus on educational measures to improve children’s awareness of healthy eating habits, the range of farm produce available, as well as sustainability, environmental and food waste issues.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, said today: ” With the changes proposed today, we want to build on the existing schemes, to reverse the downward trend in consumption and raise awareness among children of the potential benefits of these products. This is an important measure for bringing about sustained changes in children’s eating habits and improving awareness of important challenges that society faces. I also hope that is will be a great opportunity to strengthen links between the farming community and children, their parents and teacher, especially in urban areas”.


The new scheme will operate under a joint legal and financial framework, improving and streamlining the administrative requirements under the two existing schemes. Having this single framework will reduce the management and organisational burden for national authorities, school and suppliers and make the scheme more efficient. Participation in the scheme will be voluntary for Member States, which will also have flexibility to choose the products they wish to distribute.

As already programmed in last year’s deal on future EU spending, the new scheme, once agreed, will have a budget of €230 million  per school year (€150 million for fruit and vegetables and  €80 million for milk). This compares with a budget of €197m (€122m and €75m respectively) in the 2014 budget. The proposal which will now be submitted to the European Parliament and to the Council, builds on the findings of evaluation reports and the public consultation that was carried out in 2013 in the context of the Impact Assessment process.


EU food aid

EU food aid 

The fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in 2014-2020 will be maintained at €3.5 billion, the same figure as in 2007-2013, under an informal deal concluded by Parliament and Council negotiators.

“The fund is aimed at helping the most deprived in all Member States. Sadly, 40 million people across Europe cannot afford to put basic meal on their table every second day. Four million people are homeless. The fund will seek to alleviate the immediate effects of extreme deprivation and will support the process of bringing people in from the margins of society”, said Parliament’s rapporteur for the FEAD, Emer Costello.

The new programme for 2014 to 2020 is intended to replace the Food Distribution Programme, which was designed to use up food surpluses produced under the Common Agricultural Policy.

The fund’s scope will be expanded to include two operational programmes designed to provide food distribution aid and basic material assistance and also social inclusion measures for the EU’s most deoprived citizens.

FEAD will also support food donations and in particular the collection, transportation and distribution of food, thus helping to reduce food waste. It will also support measures contributing to a healthy diet.

Henry Borzi


FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva highlighted the potential of south-south Cooperation and reiterated FAO’s commitment “to strengthen and channel exchanges between Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa with the aim to adopt, adapt and broaden best practices that promote agricultural development.”

Graziano da Silva’s comments came during the second Sub-Saharan and Argentinean Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Buenos Aires (20-23 Augtea rwandaust), focused this year on “Efficient Agriculture for a Sustainable Agricultural Development.” Ministers are gathering at the event to reinforce South-South agricultural cooperation between emerging countries.

“It is time for Latin America to increase its contribution to African development,” said Graziano, highlighting opportunities for reinforcing two-way agricultural cooperation between countries that share similar challenges as well geographic, climate and social characteristics.

Norberto Yauhar, Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, lauded the role that FAO plays in promoting international cooperation, and voiced his government’s strong commitment to strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation with African nations. “In Argentina we are developing our Programa Agricultores sin Fronteras (Farmers without Borders Program) as a way to actively share our experiences and lessons learned with other countries,” he said. “True cooperation must be grounded in putting knowledge into practice,” Yauhar added.

Cooperation is key

Graziano da Silva also emphasized that international- and multi-stakeholder cooperation will play a crucial role in meeting the Zero Hunger Challenge, launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at last year’s Rio+20 Summit.

FAO’s Director-General cited the example of the High Level Meeting of African and International Leaders, held this July in Addis-Ababa under the auspices of the African Union, FAO and the Lula Institute. During the Addis meeting, African leaders, together with representatives of international organizations, civil society, the private sector, cooperatives, farmers, youth groupss, academia and other partners unanimously adopted a declaration to calling for an end hunger in Africa by 2025 through better coordination of policies to promote sustainable agricultural development and social protection.

“International cooperation plays an important role in achieving the sustainable and hunger-free future we all want because, in the globalized world we live in today, it is impossible to achieve the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty without working together,” said Graziano da Silva..

The international  profile of South-South Cooperation has grown in importance in recent years and offers a different way of working to promote development.

Since FAO’s South-South Cooperation initiative was established in 1996, over 50 South-South Cooperation agreements have been signed and more than 1 600 developing country experts and technicians have been deployed to support other countries’ food security initiatives.

source: FAO


The European Union received today the first ever Jacques Diouf award from the UN’s Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO), in recognition of its pioneering work on the EU Food Facility, which has so far improved the lives of more than 59 million people in 50 countries.


José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, accepted the award on behalf of the EU at a ceremony in the 38th FAO Conference in Rome today. President Barroso said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the EU. The EU has long been the world’s largest donor on food security and nutrition, and it’s very rewarding to see our work being recognised in this way. It has given us the incentive to now make sure that we do even more to help those who need it most by using the prize to top up funding for our work in food resilience and nutrition going forward’.

The FAO’s prize is named after Jacques Diouf – a Senegalese diplomat who was Director-General of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from January 1994 to 31 December 2011.

The EU Food Facility

The EU’s groundbreaking €1 billion Food Facility was set up in 2008, during the food crises which hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel to provides substantial and swift support to help the worst affected people. Recent results show that in the three years since it began, the Facility has provided indirect support to 93 million people, led to the vaccination of over 44.6 million livestock, and helped to train 1.5 million people in agricultural production. It has boosted sustainable agricultural production from small-scale farmers, reduced post-harvest losses and facilitated access to markets. Beneficiaries saw a 50% increase in agricultural production and a rise in the household annual income of on average €290.

EU’s work on food security and nutrition

Last week, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, announced new EU funding of-€3.5 billion between 2014-2020 to improve nutrition in developing countries.It is just an example of how determined the EU is to make malnutrition history for once and for all.

The EU has also committed to supporting partner countries to reduce stunting (when children are chronically underweight or small for their age due to a lack of access to healthcare and nutritious food) in children under five by at least 7 million by 2025: 10% of the World Health Assembly goal.

Such commitments are crucial: 870 million people in the world are food insecure; 165 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition and 52 million children from acute malnutrition.


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 – (April 23, 2013) The Big Prawn Company and Globe Export were awarded the top prizes in the 13th annual Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition at the European Seafood Exposition, the world’s largest and most prestigious seafood event. The winners were selected from a field of 42 finalists and were announced this evening at a special Seafood Prix d’Elite reception.

Christine Le Tennier from Globe Export, Brittany

The Big Prawn Company of Melton Constable in the United Kingdom took the top award for best new retail product with its entry, Squid and Apple Black Pudding with Scallops and Minted Pea Purée. A convenient, ready-to-cook version of a favorite British dish, this product presents each component in individual compartments in a clear tray with a colorfully designed sleeve. Created as a gourmet starter or main course for the seafood connoisseur, it features a squid and apple version of the traditional pork black pudding combined with roeless scallops and a minted pea purée. The judges particularly noted the quality of the ingredients, the well balanced flavor combinations, and the originality of the package for this product.

In the foodservice category, the top prize was given to Globe Export for its product, 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. The sea vegetables are ready to use in a wide variety of chef-inspired dishes after a quick rinse in fresh water. The seawater is flavored by the seaweed and can also be retained and used to flavor stocks and sauces. The judges noted the high quality of the seaweed, the differences in flavors offered by the five varieties, and the growing potential for these types of products in Europe.

In addition to the two grand prizes, the judges also gave five special awards:

Anillas de Mar from Angulas Aguinaga of Irura, Spain was awarded the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Convenience. This product uses Alaska pollock surimi and jumbo squid to create seafood rings designed to replicate the texture and flavor of squid rings. Available in natural and garlic flavors, the chilled product is designed for consumers who are looking for tasty, healthy seafood options at a good price. It can be quickly prepared in a variety of ways, and is ideal for battering and frying as it doesn’t release moisture during cooking.

Seven by Médithau Marée of Marseillan, France was presented the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Retail Packaging. Seven top quality oysters are packed in a vertical wooden box along with a tasting kit including a tablecloth and oyster knife. The package provides detailed product information in a fun, colorful design. A QR code links to a mobile application with more product information and a video about how to open the oysters. Seven is designed as a dinner party gift or special occasion treat.

The Seafood Prix d’Elite special prize for Health & Nutrition was also awarded to Seven by Médithau Marée. The naturally healthy oysters presented in this product provide a good source of lean protein, natural taurine and beneficial trace elements.

Jens Møller Products of Heming, Denmark was presented with the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Originality for its Fruit-art® Passion Pearls in Cool Mint Vodka. This innovative product combines passion fruit seaweed pearls in mint flavored vodka packed in a 2cl tube.  Designed to be enjoyed at parties directly from the tube, it offers a new and trendy cocktail option. The product is offered in other flavors, so party-goers can choose their favorite. It also gives the foodservice operator an easy way to offer a pre-mixed cocktail.

Foodservice award winner Fresh Seaweed in Seawater from Globe Export was also presented with the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Seafood Product Line. This line features five different wild and farmed seaweeds, including dulse, nori, wakame, sea lettuce and sea beans. They are packed in clear plastic tubs to show the quality and freshness of the product.

The winners of the 2013 Seafood Prix d’Elite were chosen from a field of 42 finalists representing 10 countries. The winners and finalists will remain on display at a special Seafood Prix d’Elite stand, Patio-4609, at the European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe, which runs now through April 25.
The judges for the 2013 Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition were Juergen Pauly, Category Manager for Fresh Fish with Globus in Germany; Roberto Diego Aja, Fish Category Manager for Grupo Eroski in Spain; Debby Verheyen, Product Expert for Delhaize Supermarkets in Belgium; Roy Perrett, Vice President of the Craft Guild of Chefs of the United Kingdom; Maxime Lefebvre, Seafood Buyer for Elior in France; and Roger Bing, Vice President of Seafood Purchasing with Darden Restaurants in the United States. Mr. Pauly served as chairman of judges. The Seafood Prix d’Elite finalists were judged on taste and overall eating experience, packaging, marketability, convenience, nutritional value and originality. The judges’ scores were verified by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.

About the European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe
The European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe form the world’s largest seafood trade event. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition in Brussels, Belgium to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. SeaFood Business magazine and SeafoodSource.com are the exposition’s official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Business Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. www.euroseafood.com


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.

« Older Entries