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 event 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: