Attendance numbers announced for 2016 Seafood Expo Global

Published on
May 26, 2016

More than 22,000 attendees from 143 countries attended the 24th edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global from 26 to 28 April, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium.

Companies representing 80 countries exhibited the event, which covered 35,862 square meters of exhibit space, according to Diversified Communications, which operates the expo (Diversified Communications also owns

Diversified Communications Group Vice President Liz Plizga said the event was a success despite concerns following the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March.

“Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global was tremendously successful this year in light of what happened in Brussels a few weeks prior to the exposition,” Plizga said. “As we anticipated in these circumstances, we saw some impact on the level of participation, though the event offered a safe environment bringing together serious buyers and suppliers from around the world to conduct business."

In total, 22,160 buyers and sellers attended the event, including 347 key buyers representing large purchasers including Sodexo, Metro, Ahold, Aldi, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Alibaba, Intermarché, Delhaize and others.

Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global form the world’s largest seafood exposition, and seafood professionals use it to network, discover the latest in industry trends and conduct business, according to a Diversified Communications press release. Also at the expo, the annual Seafood Excellence Global awards are given out. This year, Kagerer & Co. of Munich, Germany, won the best retail product category with its entry, Dim Sum – Quick ‘n’ Easy. Freshpack of San Martin les Boulogne, France, won the grand prize for the best HORECA (hotel/restaurant/catering) product for its high pressure shelled raw king crab meat.

Special award were given for several other categories including health and nutrition, convenience, innovation and retail packaging. Those awards were won by SAS Kermarée of Blainville sur Mer, France, for its product L’huître Noisette; Marine Harvest of Boulogne sur Mer, France for its product, Mini Gourmandises; La Famille Boutrais of Saint Coulomb, France for its Gold Special Oysters “Ostra Regal; and Marine Harvest France for its product ASC Salmon Traiteur in Double Protection Packaging.

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