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Seafood Expo Global Gets Underway Today

Seafood Expo Global gets underway today

Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global gets underway this morning (7-9 May) at the Brussels Expo, Belgium, and will connect over 29,100 international buyers and suppliers for three days of networking and business opportunities

Seafood Expo Global features seafood suppliers from all over the globe who will be presenting their latest seafood products – fresh, frozen, canned, value-added, processed and packaged – to seafood buyers including supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, catering services, importers, distributors and seafood markets.

Seafood Processing Global, which takes place alongside Seafood Expo Global, provides visitors with every aspect of seafood processing, including packaging materials and equipment, refrigeration and freezing equipment and supplies, primary processing equipment, secondary processing equipment, hygiene control and sanitation and quality assurance services.

“The 2018 event was a record setting year for attendance, as well as for the number of exhibiting companies and total exhibit space covered, making it the largest ever in the event’s history,” said Wynter Courmont, event director for Diversified Communications, producer of Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global. “This year’s edition promises to be even bigger as we’ve expanded the exhibit space into a new hall,” added Courmont.

New in 2019, Seafood Processing Global will expand and encompass Hall 3 and Hall 4 at the Brussels Expo with additional seafood processing companies exhibiting. Hall 8 will now exclusively hold seafood exhibits and will also feature the Seafood Excellence Global stand.

Among this year’s exhibitors, more than 70 national and regional pavilions will showcase their seafood products and equipment with new pavilion participation this year from Busan Techno Park (regional from Korea). New country participation will include Guyana, Uganda and Tanzania.

Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global’s success and growth through the years can be attributed to growing trade. Seafood and seafood products are some of the most traded food items in the world today, according to a recent report by the FAO (State of World Fisheries & Aquaculture).  60 million tonnes (live weight equivalent) of total fish and fish products exported in 2016 represent a 245 percent increase over 1976. During the same period, world trade in fish and fish products also grew significantly, with exports rising from USD 8 billion in 1976 to USD 143 billion in 2016.

The success and growth of the event can also be attributed to the growing popularity of seafood worldwide. In per capita terms, food fish consumption has grown from nine kilograms per person in 1961 to 20.2 kilograms per person in 2015, at an average rate increase of about 1.5 percent per year. World fish consumption in 2030 is projected to be 20 percent higher than in 2016, the report states.

Seafood Excellence Global Awards
On the evening of Tuesday 7 May, 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 will be on display at the Seafood Excellence Global stand in Hall 8-4430. Everyone is invited to attend the reception and awards announcement on Tuesday 7 May from 18:15 to 20:00 in Auditorium 2000.