Diversified Alimentaria

Diversified Business Communications and Alimentaria Exhibitions on Wednesday announced the launch of Seafood Barcelona, which will take place in the fall of 2012. It’s the latest addition to Diversified’s global portfolio of seafood events, which includes the International Boston Seafood Show, European Seafood Exposition in Brussels and Asian Seafood Exposition in Hong Kong. 

Held at the Fira de Barcelona exhibition grounds, Seafood Barcelona will bring together seafood buyers and sellers from Spain and Southern Europe.

“Barcelona is the perfect location to hold a fair that brings all aspects of the seafood and seafood-processing industry,” said J. Antonio Valls, deputy managing director of Alimentaria Exhibitions, which organizes other food and beverage fairs in Barcelona, Lisbon and Mexico City. 

The inaugural Seafood Barcelona will host 300 companies and attract high-level seafood buyers. According to Mary Larkin, group VP of Diversified’s seafood events and publications, “Seafood Barcelona provides a new opportunity for seafood buyers and sellers to target the important Spanish and Southern European marketplace.”

Spain is one of the world’s top seafood producing and consuming nations. According to Spain’s Ministry of the Environment and Rural Marine Affairs, seafood is consumed in 70 percent of Spanish households, with consumption of 2.2 kilograms per capita per month. Spain is the world’s third largest manufacturer of canned seafood, generating EUR 2.2 billion annually. Spain exported a total of 992,489 metric tons of seafood in 2010.

Juan Manuel Vieites, secretary-general of Anfaco-Cecopesca, Spain’s fish canning association, said holding such an event in Spain is “very positive for businesses, given our country’s importance” to fisheries and fish farming.

In addition to its events, Portland, Maine-based Diversified also publishes SeafoodSource.com and SeaFood Business magazine.

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