Seafood trade show season gears up


Chris Dove, contributing editor, reporting from Malaga, Spain

Published on
February 18, 2010

The seafood trade show season is gearing up with the Fish International Seafood Exhibition & Marketplace in Bremen, Germany, from 21 to 22 February and the Mediterranean Seafood Exhibition in Rimini, Italy, from 21 to 24 February.

Spanish seafood company Intersmoked specializes in smoked natural products and participates in Fish International which, according to company director Fernando Montero, “together with the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels and Conxemar in Vigo are the three most important seafood events in Europe.”

“Our goal is to increase our presence in the German market, strengthen relationships with existing customers and search for new customers,” explained Montero. “Intersmoked strongly depends on the export market and has been doing so for the past 10 years, especially the European market where we are present in Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Russia and Lithuania.”

“In our search for innovative solutions and designs focused on an efficient kitchen, Intersmoked is presenting eight exceptional collections at Fish International with different presentations — Flor de Mar, Natur, Carpaccio, Classic, Tartarfish, Cubsea, Specialities and Sashimi — all available as whole, precut plates or single servings,” added Montero. “Our different formats allow for maximum quality in product conservation as well as being economical with 0 percent waste.”

Attending the Mediterranean Seafood Exhibition is also a must for Spanish seafood company Tunamar.

“Italy is a strong market for the value-added high quality products Tunamar offer,” said Antonio Luna, the company’s director. “Our range of products are consumed in the southern European market as part of the Mediterranean kitchen. The Rimini show is an event that attracts lots of chefs and catering businesses, and we would like to service that industry. The [proposed international trade] ban on bluefin tuna will give Tunamar the opportunity to promote more sustainable and eco-conscious products at the event.”

“Our goal is to sell quality before quantity, especially in the upscale seafood sector,” added Luna. “The Italian market appreciates and recognizes the value of freshness and high quality in tuna and swordfish. This year Tunamar will offer exclusive MSC sashimi-grade skipjack tuna from Japan to respond to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, as well as a new brand of high quality tuna ‘confits’ made from the belly of our longline-caught sashimi albacore and yellowfin tuna.”

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