NFI gearing up for virtual Global Seafood Market Conference, webinar series

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has launched a webinar series intended to provide analysis of the latest trends affecting the global seafood industry.

The largest U.S. seafood trade group began hosting biweekly Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC) webinars last week, with a focus on the global shrimp trade, which like most seafood categories, experienced wild fluctuations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. SeafoodSource is providing exclusive coverage of the GSMC Webinar series, which will be providing comprehensive market content throughout 2021.

Upcoming editions include a 27 January webinar focused on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and seafood labeling requirements. The 4 February webinar is dedicated to alternative proteins and finding new uses for fish proteins. Webinars are available both to NFI members and non-members.

Additionally, the NFI is marketing its virtual GSMC event with a video that shows members around the world participating in a “water-to-table” medley.

“Seafood is one of the most-traded food commodities in the world and we wanted to illustrate that reach,” NFI Vice President of Communications Gavin Gibbons told SeafoodSource. “When you’ve got folks participating from Australia to Alabama and so many places in-between, you’ve got a pretty decent snapshot of how diverse our value chain is, and how important it is to keep all parts of that value chain connected.”

The Virtual GSMC will take place from 1 to 5 February. The weeklong virtual event will include daily two-hour sessions, which will also include expert industry panels and opportunities for attendees to meet in smaller breakout sessions. NFI opened registration for the event on 14 December.

“GSMC has traditionally been a vital information and data gathering event for the seafood community and the virtual version will deliver that same important information and more. There will be a deep dive on data about seafood at retail and an in-depth look at competing proteins, not to mention a whole day devoted to the future of foodservice and restaurants. GSMC is always an important event, but given the impacts of the pandemic the insights and forecasts, this year will be even more significant.”

Photo courtesy of National Fisheries Institute


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