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European Seafood 2018 in Brussels

Exhibit Space at the World’s Largest Seafood Trade Event Continues to Grow


The 26th edition of Seafood Expo Global and 20th edition of Seafood Processing Global, produced by Diversified Communications, will take place in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday 24 April through Thursday 26 April.  This global annual event attracts seafood buyers and suppliers from around the world and hosts the prestigious Seafood Excellence Awards.

Last year’s event set another record-breaking edition with more than 28,500 seafood professionals attending the exposition—making it the largest edition in the event’s history.  The expo drew visitors from 150 countries and 1,859 exhibiting companies displayed their products during the three-day event.According to event organizers, next month’s event will feature more exhibit space than last year’s edition and is on track to maximize the entire footprint available for the event.“It’s so exciting to see companies’ growing interest in participating in the event,” says Wynter Courmont, Event Director for Diversified Communications. “Records are meant to be broken. At this time, we are still receiving requests to exhibit in this year’s edition and the event has surpassed last year’s numbers in terms of exhibit space by more than 1000 m2.”Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global combined will feature exhibiting suppliers from 79 countries from every sector of the seafood industry. More than 70 national and regional pavilions will be showcasing their seafood products and equipment with new pavilions participating this year from Colombia (ProColombia) and France (Business France and Lorient Bretagne Sud).

Seafood Expo Global will highlight companies of fresh, frozen and value-added fish and seafood as well as processed and packaged fish and seafood in halls 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, the Patio and part of hall 8.  Halls 4 and 8 will host Seafood Processing Global representing every aspect of seafood processing, including: processing and packaging materials and equipment, refrigeration/freezing equipment and supplies, primary and secondary processing equipment, hygiene control/sanitation and seafood industry services.

Exhibiting companies will present their products to global buyers, including restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, catering services, importers, distributors, wholesalers, seafood markets and other retail and foodservice companies.

Seafood Excellence Global Awards
On the evening of Tuesday 24 April, Diversified Communications will host the Seafood Excellence Global awards reception, where the winners of the Best Retail Product and the Best Hotel/Restaurant/Catering (HORECA) Product will be announced. The awards recognize the best seafood products represented at the exposition. Special awards will also be presented for Innovation, Convenience, Health and Nutrition, Retail Packaging and Seafood Product Line. All participant entries and winning entries will be on display at the Seafood Excellence Global stand in the Patio at the expo.

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Seafood Expo Global, the World’s Largest Seafood Exposition Continues Succes Streak

The 24th edition of Seafood Expo Global and the 18th edition of Seafood Processing Global, produced by Diversified Communications, concluded following a busy three days, 26-28 April at the Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium. Together these events form the world’s largest seafood exposition and this year’s event was no exception with seafood professionals actively conducting business, networking and discovering the latest in industry trends.

More than 22,160 buyers and sellers from around the globe came to Brussels for the event, which drew visitors from 143 countries. The expo featured the stands of 1,664 exhibiting companies from 80 countries covering 35,862 square meters of combined exhibit space, including 73 national and regional pavilions. Finland, Russia, Scotland and Uruguay were among the new pavilions represented at the expo; and new exhibiting companies came from Barbados, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda.

“Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global was tremendously successful this year in light of what happened in Brussels a few weeks prior to the exposition,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice President for Diversified Communications. “As we anticipated in these circumstances, we saw some impact on the level of participation, though the event offered a safe environment bringing together serious buyers and suppliers from around the world to conduct business,” said Plizga.

“[The event] gives me the opportunity to see many of my suppliers and samples of their products in a small amount of time, to talk to them about market trends and the evolution of raw materials as well as to meet new potential suppliers,” commented a sourcing manager from Delhaize (Belgium), one of 347 Key Buyers who attended the eventMarine-Harvest_mini_gourmandises_hd_300dpi-1024x614 this year.

A PL sustainable purchaser from COOP Switzerland added: “Everyone I expected to be at the event was there and I met the people I wanted to meet. I am rather new in the seafood business and the Brussels exposition was a good opportunity for me to get in touch with suppliers, partners, NGOs, which was a fruitful experience. I’m looking forward to next year’s expo.”

Other Key Buyers who attended  included the following companies: Ahold (Belgium); Aldi (Italy, Spain); Alibaba.com (China); Auchan (France, Italy, Portugal); Axfood (Sweden); Carrefour (Belgium, France, Italy); Colruyt (Belgium); Compass Group (United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France); Coop (Switzerland, Italy, Denmark); Costco (France, United Kingdom); Delhaize (Belgium); DO & CO (United Kingdom, Turkey, Austria); E.Leclerc (France, Reunion); Eland (South Korea); Eroski (Spain); Subway (United States); Gate Gourmet (United Kingdom); Intermarché (Belgium, France); JD.com (China); Jeronimo Martins (Columbia, Poland); Jumbo Supermarkten (Netherlands); Kaufland (Germany); La Sirena (Spain); Lidl (Italy, Germany, United Kingdom); Marks & Spencer (United Kingdom); Mercadona (Spain); Metro (United States, Germany, France, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Belgium, Hong Kong, Italy); Monoprix (France); Morrisons (United Kingdom); Picard (France); REWE (Hong Kong, Germany, Austria); Sainsbury’s (United Kingdom); Sodexo (United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy).

Awards were presented for the Seafood Excellence Global awards competition that recognizes the best seafood products represented at the exposition in several categories.  On 26 April, the company Kagerer & Co. of Munich, Germany, won the best retail product category with its entry, Dim Sum – Quick ‘n’ Easy.  Freshpack of San Martin les Boulogne, France, won the grand prize for the best HORECA (hotel/restaurant/catering) product for its high pressure shelled raw king crab meat.

The special award for Health and Nutrition went to SAS Kermarée of Blainville sur Mer, France, for its product L’huître Noisette.  The award for Convenience went to Marine Harvest of Boulogne sur Mer, France for its product, Mini Gourmandises.  La Famille Boutrais of Saint Coulomb, France was presented the Seafood Excellence Global special award for Innovation for its product Gold Special Oysters “Ostra Regal.”  Marine Harvest France was also given the Seafood Excellence Global special award for Retail Packaging for its product ASC Salmon Traiteur in Double Protection Packaging.

In this competition, a panel of experts in seafood products judged 39 finalists on their taste, originality, practicality, innovation, packaging, market potential and nutritional aspects.  The full list of award winners can be found online at:


Kermarée and Vilsund Blue were awarded the top prizes in the 14th annual Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition at Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest and most prestigious seafood event. The winners were selected from a field of 34 finalists and were announced this evening at a special Seafood Prix d’Elite reception.


Kermarée of Blainville-sur-Mer, France took the top award for best newretail product with its entry, Coffret Plateau de Fruits de Mer. This convenient kit provides four varieties of fresh cooked shellfish to allow the consumer to easily create a shellfish platter at home. Langoustines, shrimp, crab claws and whelks are packed in individual trays and then stacked in a cardboard carton with two display windows. The judges particularly noted the quality and freshness of the seafood, and the well-designed package for this product.

In the foodservice category, the top prize was given to Vilsund Blue of Nykøbing, Denmark for its product, Mussel Powder. This flavoring powder is made of wild, sustainable blue mussels caught in Denmark’s Limfjord. Produced with no additives, the powder can be used to enhance the taste of seafood dishes and sauces, and also with poultry, meat and vegetables. The judges noted the wide variety of applications for this product and the depth of flavor it provided. 

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

The Seafood Prix d’Elite special prize for Health & Nutrition was also awarded to Kermarée for its Coffret Plateau de Fruits de Mer. The naturally healthy shellfish presented in this product provide a good source of lean protein, are low in fat and offer a number of beneficial trace elements.

Marine Harvest VAP Europe from Brugge, Belgium was awarded the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award forConvenience for its product Salmon Filo Pastry Pie. This product is a multi-layer pastry cup filled with natural and smoked Atlantic salmon in a creamy white sauce, topped with grated Emmental cheese. Perfect for an appetizer or light meal, the product offers consumers an easy way to enjoy an elegant seafood preparation.

Paella 1-2-3 Delfin by Delfin Ultracongelados of Ontigola, Spain was presented the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Retail Packaging. This easy-to-use paella kit provides all the ingredients to make a traditional seafood paella at home. Step-by-step directions in multiple languages are included on the package and product windows highlight both the quality of the ingredients and the ease of preparation. A QR code links to a video recipe of the dish.

The Big Prawn Company of Melton Constable in the United Kingdom was presented the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Originality for its Double Dippers Prawn Cracker. This innovative snack product presents king prawns, sweet chili sauce and prawn crackers separately in a three-compartment tray. The consumer is encouraged to use the enclosed spork to “double dip” the prawns, first in the sauce and then in the crushed crackers. The result is a spicy, crunchy seafood snack.

The Big Prawn Company was also presented with the Seafood Prix d’Elite special award for Seafood Product Line for the three-flavor Double Dippers line. In addition to the Prawn Cracker variety, the line also features Prawn Curry Club with king prawns, mild curry mayonnaise and crushed poppadoms; and Crayfish Carnivale with crayfish tails, chipotle salsa dip and crushed corn tortilla chips. The line is packed in clear plastic folding trays to show the product and facilitate the three-part eating process.

The winners of the 2014 Seafood Prix d’Elite were chosen from a field of 34 finalists representing 11 countries. The winners and finalists are on display at Hall 11, Stand 2501 at Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global, which runs now through May 8.

The judges for the 2014 Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition were Juergen Pauly, Category Manager for Fresh Fish with Globus in Germany; Gorka Azkona, Head Buyer of Fresh Fish for Grupo Eroski in Spain; Debby Verheyen, Seafood Product Expert for Delhaize Supermarkets in Belgium; Thibault Faucon, Supply Chain Manager for Sodexo in Luxemburg; Keith Stanley, Executive Chef with Harbour & Jones in the United Kingdom; Stefanie Anton, Director, European Quality Center and SC Category Lead for Fish Products at McDonald’s Europe; and Isabelle Kergourlay, Seafood Buyer for Picard Surgelés in France. 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.