Expo News

Published on
September 12, 2017

A leading Chinese retailer is looking for new supply lines for imported seafood to supply a raft of new stores being opened in central China. 

Sourcing staff for the Gao Xian Shi Yan Yi chain – which recently opened its fifth outlet in Changsha city – were at the Seafood Expo Asia last week on the lookout for potential new suppliers to help the company meet ambitious expansion plans. 

The chain is part of the much larger Bu … Read More

Published on
September 8, 2017

China's ambitious plans to expand its mariculture production increasingly hinge on the government’s ability to secure access to large tracts of coastline, according to a leading local aquaculture researcher. 

“They want to secure a whole bay…in order to have a full zonal approach, but this is difficult because there are so many competing users of the coast,” Professor KH Chu, an expert in aquaculture at the Chinese U… Read More

Published on
September 8, 2017

The multiplicity of sustainability certification schemes is confusing consumers, according to head of corporate responsibility at one of Hong Kong’s leading hotel operators. 

Janice Lao, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., which runs big names like the Peninsula Hotel, one of Hong Kong’s grandest addresses, made the comment at Seafood Expo Asia on 7 September.

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Published on
September 7, 2017

A seafood importer in southern China reckons it has found a way to combine online and offline sales of imported seafood to affluent Chinese consumers. 

Online retailers have struggled with deliveries of fresh seafood to consumers, but Guangdong Chao Hui Aquatic Products Co. expects a new partnership with online seafood retailer Da Hai Wang (cndahaiwang.com) to pay dividends in that area. The company will offer collections through a chain of … Read More

Published on
September 7, 2017

Efforts to promote sustainability in Hong Kong are showing results, according to Steve Johansen, head of Canadian sockeye exporter Organic Ocean.

Johansen points to a local World Wildlife Fund (WWF) sustainability awareness program that now reaches more than 1,000 restaurants in the city. It also helps that many of the top chefs at the city’s leading hotels are Western and sustainability-conscious, he said.

Eager to sell in Hong Kong and Ch… Read More

Published on
September 6, 2017

Ongoing demand for premium species in Asia has led a Russian coal firm to bet big on grouper farming in Malaysia. 

Fishance is producing grouper in the Langkawi region of Malaysia in an offshore aquaculture project. It has promised investment of up to USD 100 million (EUR 93.9 million) through 2020, by which time it aims to be producing one million tons of fish per year. 

The first batch of production has already been sold to Hong Kong,… Read More

Published on
September 6, 2017

High salmon prices in Europe in recent years prompted a Hong Kong importer to set up its own smokehouse, allowing it to significantly increase volumes and market share. 

When soaring prices for imported smoked salmon threatened its market share in 2015-2016, the Fine Food Company decided to take the margin hit in order to hold onto customers. 

“We couldn’t say, ‘Prices are up 80 percent,’ so we gave up our margin… Read More

Published on
September 6, 2017

A leading Maldives’ tuna exporter is hoping Asian buyers will pay for quality as it seeks to increase exports of yellowfin and skipjack to pay for a new processing plant set to open next year.

Maldives fisheries operate on the basis of independent fishermen supplying processors, but face competition from Asian industrial-scale fishery firms freezing onboard and using injections of vegetable extracts to sell “refreshed” tuna, acc… Read More

Published on
September 5, 2017

The leadership at Clama, the food wing of the family-owned Mahnke Group, once saw China as a processing waypoint for seafood. Now, that viewpoint has shifted completely, with processing moving to Eastern Europe and China becoming an end market for premium seafood from Europe.

Justin Hambleton, managing director at Clama, said at the ongoing Seafood Expo Asia that his firm is getting more of its processing done in neighboring Poland rather than in… Read More

Published on
September 5, 2017

A leading exporter of Australian lobsters is trying to reach out directly to China’s consumers with a campaign on two leading e-commerce sites aimed at distinguishing its lobsters on price and image from cheaper Boston lobster imports.

Brolos, the brand of the Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative, has opened stores on leading Chinese e-tailers JD.com and Tmall.com and hired “key opinion leaders” as part of a social media mark… Read More