BELGIUM: Starting today, Tuesday 7 May through Thursday 9 May, thousands of seafood industry professionals will gather at the 27th edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global at the Brussels Expo. Buyers and suppliers, from around the world, will meet for three days of networking and business opportunities.
This year, the exhibit space has grown considerably, making this edition the largest one since its inception. The expo is expanding to Hall 3 with additional seafood processing exhibits. Seafood Processing Global now encompasses Hall 3 and Hall 4 at the Brussels Expo, while Halls 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and the Patio exclusively holds seafood exhibits.
The exposition features a record 2,007 exhibiting companies – an increase of 61 companies over 2018 – coming from 88 countries to present their newest seafood products, services, processing and packaging equipment. The event covers 40,559 net square meters of exhibit space, breaking last year’s record by 1,237 square meters.
“We’re excited to see the event’s healthy growth over the years. It is an indication that companies find value in the face-to-face meetings and see the event as an opportunity to maintain current relationships, develop new ones and expand their business into new markets,” says Wynter Courmont, event director for Diversified Communications, producer of Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global. “The expo in Brussels continues to be the most important annual event for the global seafood industry.”
New exhibiting country representation this year includes Angola, Greenland, Guyana, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition, 74 national and regional pavilions will be present, including new regional pavilions from South Korea and Taiwan.
Seafood buyers who attend Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global include owners, executive purchasing managers, category managers, private label program buyers and equipment and packaging buyers from restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, catering services, importers, distributors and seafood markets.
More than 29,100 buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood professionals from 152 countries attended the fair in 2018. ►
High-volume buyers from all over the world come to the event to meet with suppliers, see new products and discover industry trends. Companies doing business at the event include: Ahold Delhaize, Aldi, Asda, Auchan, Bidfood, Brakes, Carnival, Carrefour, Colruyt Group, Coop, Compass Group, Costco, Edeka, Eroski, Esselunga, Foodbuy, Groupe Casino, Jeronimo Martins, Jetro Restaurant Depot, Jumbo, Lidl, Lulu Group, Marks & Spencer, Mercadona, Metro, Migros, Monoprix, real Gmbh, REWE, Sainsbury’s, Sodexo, SonaeMC, Sysco, Target, Tesco, Transgourmet, Unicoop, Waitrose, Whitbread, Whole Foods Market, Woolworths, and many more.
Seafood Processing Global, which takes place alongside Seafood Expo Global, provides visitors with every aspect of seafood processing, including packaging materials & equipment, refrigeration and freezing equipment & supplies, primary processing equipment, secondary processing equipment, hygiene control/sanitation, quality assurance services, transport and logistics services. Seafood Processing Global is located in Halls 3 and 4.
Seafood Excellence Global Awards
Tomorrow evening, Tuesday 7 May, from 18:15 to 20:00, the winners of the Best Retail Product and the Best Hotel/Restaurant/Catering (HORECA) Product will be announced during the Seafood Excellence Global awards reception. The prestigious competition honors the best seafood products represented at this year’s event. There will also be an award for Innovation, Convenience, Health and Nutrition, Retail Packaging and Seafood Product Line. All participant entries and winning entries are on display at the Seafood Excellence Global stand in Hall 8.