Seafood Barcelona Opens Today: The Second Edition Welcomes Thousands of Fish and Seafood Buyers and Suppliers From Around the World

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The second edition of Seafood Barcelona opens its doors today to thousands of fish and seafood buyers and sellers from around the world seeking to grow their businesses in Southern Europe and the Maghreb. The exposition takes place at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain, through Thursday, 24 October.

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Spain is one of the leading seafood consuming and producing nations, and Seafood Barcelona reinforces its position as the industry’s marketplace and meeting place serving all seafood categories in Southern Europe and the Maghreb.

The second edition of Seafood Barcelona opens its doors today to thousands of fish and seafood buyers and sellers from around the world seeking to grow their businesses in Southern Europe and the Maghreb. The exposition takes place at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain, through Thursday, 24 October.

Produced by Diversified Business Communications in partnership with Alimentaria Exhibitions, Seafood Barcelona attracts 147 exhibiting companies from 27 countries and seafood professionals from around the world for three days of business and networking.

Seafood Barcelona showcases exhibitors who supply all categories of fish and seafood: live, fresh, frozen, value-added, processed and packaged, as well as equipment and services that support the industry. Attending buyers include top buying executives from restaurant, supermarket, hotel, catering, and other high-volume retail, wholesale, and food-service categories.

“Conveniently located in Barcelona, Spain, Seafood Barcelona is easily accessible and offers the best opportunity for seafood buyers to meet face to face with suppliers,” said Liz Plizga, show director for the event. “Spain is one of the leading seafood consuming and producing nations, and the event reinforces its position as the industry’s marketplace and meeting place serving all seafood categories in Southern Europe and the Maghreb.”

In addition to the array of new products and services featured at the exposition and being launched in the market today, a series of interactive master classes are being offered during the three-day event. Several seafood industry professionals will educate visitors on a variety of seafood species, ingredients and innovations that resonate in the Southern Europe and Maghreb markets, such as Atlantic and Pacific cod, anchovy, melva and mackerel, and prawn. Preparations of these species will be demonstrated by famous Chefs Rubén Barrios from La Cocina Bien Hecha del Hotel Mercer, Biel Galvadá and Sergi Escolano from Restaurant Hostal Spa Empuries, awards winner Chef Xanti Alías from Acánthum Restaurant and famous twin brothers and Chefs Javier and Sergio Torres from Dos Cielos Restaurant. “The goal is to provide seafood professionals with all the information they need to make smart seafood purchasing and preparation decisions,” says Liz Plizga.

The exposition’s schedule will also feature a product presentation on Icelandic bacalao by Promote Iceland and a session “Conservapesca – Development of New Technology Solutions for Process Improvement, Quality, Preservation and Marketing of Fishery Products” presented by Abelló Linde, S.A.

The complete event highlights include the following:

Tuesday 22 October 2013:
11:00 – 12:00
Master Class: An educational session on cod
Segment on Pacific Cod presented by Robert Gershberg, SOGDA Limited, Inc.
Segment on Atlantic Cod presented by Agnar Brynjolfsson, Promote Iceland, and prepared by chef Rubén Barrios from La Cocina Bien Hecha del Hotel Mercer.

13:00 – 14:00
Product Presentation: Icelandic Bacalao
Presented by Gudný Káradóttir, Promote Iceland, and demonstration by chef Rubén Barrios from La Cocina Bien Hecha del Hotel Mercer.

16:00 – 17:00
“Conservapesca”
Development of New Technology Solutions for Process Improvement, Quality, Preservation and Marketing of Fishery Products.
Presented by Juan Luis Mejías, Responsible Food & Beverage Area, Abelló Linde, S.A.

Wednesday 23 October 2013:
11:00 – 12:00
Master Class: An educational session on anchovies
Presented by Dr. Isabel Palomares, CSIC, Federació Nacional Catalana de Confraries de Pescadors (FNCCP) and species prepared by chefs Biel Gavaldá and Sergi Escolano, Restaurant Hostal Spa Empuries.

13:00 - 14:00
Master Class: An educational session on melva and mackerel
Presented by Manuel Becerra, Melva & Mackerel Regulatory Council, AGAPA – Consejería Agricultura, Pesca y Desarollo Rural - Junta de Andalucía.
Melva and mackerel prepared by awards winner chef Xanty Elías from Acánthum Restaurant.

16:00 - 17:00
Master Class: An educational session on saltflat fish, natural fish, bream and bass
Presented by Alfonso Macías, ASEMA, AGAPA - Consejería Agricultura, Pesca y Desarollo Rural - Junta de Andalucía, and fish prepared by awards winner chef Xanty Elías from Acánthum Restaurant.

Thursday 24 October 2013:
11:00 – 12:00
Master Class: An educational session on Prawns
Presented by Dr. Batista Copmany and Dr. Francesc Sardá from CSIC, and Mr. Eusebi Esgleas Pares from Cofradía de Pescadores de Blanes, President of Federació Nacional Catalana de Confraries de Pescadors (FNCCP).
Prawns prepared by famous twin brothers and chefs Javier and Sergio Torres from Dos Cielos Restaurant.

For more information, visit http://www.seafoodbarcelona.com for a complete schedule of special events taking place during the exposition.

About Seafood Barcelona
Seafood Barcelona, Seafood Expo Southern Europe is a three-day seafood specific event serving all seafood categories in the Southern European and Maghreb markets. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend this annual event to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, distributors, wholesalers, foodservice, hotel, catering, processors, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. SeaFood Business magazine and SeafoodSource.com are the exposition’s official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Business Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. http://www.seafoodbarcelona.com    

About Diversified Business Communications
Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified Business Communications provides information and market access through face-to-face events, magazine publishing, and online resources on four continents. Diversified Business Communications serves several industries, including seafood, food service, natural and organic, commercial marine, healthcare, and business management. The company’s global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/ Seafood Processing North America (formerly International Business Seafood Show/Seafood Processing America), Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global (formerly European Seafood Show/Seafood Processing Europe), Seafood Expo Asia (formerly Asian Seafood Exposition), Seafood Barcelona, SeaFood Business magazine, and SeafoodSource.com. The company operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK, and Canada. http://www.divbusiness.com

Alimentaria Exhibitions
Alimentaria Exhibitions is a company of Fira de Barcelona, specialized in the organization of relevant events in the food industry such as Alimentaria, one of the main important events in Europe, Bta-Barcelona Tecnologias de la Alimentacion, Alimentaria & Horexpo Lisboa, Alimentaria Mexico and Alimentaria Brasil. The company is a leader in the food trade fair sector where it operates, managing more than 150,000 net m² of exhibition space, with 5,000 international food and beverage manufacturing, trade and equipment and technology exhibitors, attracting around 200,000 professionals from these sectors. http://www.alimentaria.com

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Diversified Business Communications
Christine Pedersen
cpedersen(at)divcom(dot)com
Tel: +1 207 842 5488
http://www.divbusiness.com

Alimentaria Exhibitions
Susana Santamaria
prensa(at)alimentaria(dot)com
ssantamaria(at)alimentaria(dot)com
Tel: +34 93 452 11 04
http://www.alimentaria.com

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