Impressions, observations in Boston

By

Dmitry Fedotov

Published on
March 16, 2012

The International Boston Seafood Show greeted show visitors with sunny and crusty-cold weather. It’s a great city with rich history, and I actually managed to escape to the Harvard campus that was just about a 10-minute drive from the convention center.

?Down to things that you are actually expecting to hear: ?Talking with some representatives of Chinese fish processing and exporting companies, I could not help but notice their frustration about quite sluggish activity of their customers from Europe. Businessmen from China told me that recently demand for the Chinese production has steadily decreased, so at the show my past feelings about it were confirmed.

?Along with that, many U.S. suppliers of Alaska pollock are becoming more active, or even aggressive in the European seafood markets, and these two trends are clearly interconnected.

?Essentially, I’d express the most general feature of the show this year in four words: “more talks, less deals.” It was very interesting and educational to hear reports and discuss various aspects of the current situation and future trends, but it would be far more profitable to meet serious buyers and partners there.?

Side-note: Great organization and impressive list of participants once again proved this show to be a must-attend event for professionals now and in the future.

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