Three Successful Days at Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global: The World's Largest Seafood Trade Event

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The 23rd edition of Seafood Expo Global and the 17th edition of Seafood Processing Global, produced by Diversified Communications, took place at the BRUSSELS EXPO 21-23 April 2015. Together, the event covered 36,063 m², making it a record-breaking year and the largest meeting place in the world for seafood professionals.

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Seafood Expo Global is a fantastic opportunity for buyers to find new suppliers, new products, connect with existing suppliers and develop new ideas," explained a senior food buyer at Elior, one of the 387 Key Buyers who attended the event.

The 23rd edition of Seafood Expo Global and the 17th edition of Seafood Processing Global, produced by Diversified Communications, took place at the BRUSSELS EXPO 21-23 April 2015. Together, the event covered 36,063 m², making it a record-breaking year and the largest meeting place in the world for seafood professionals. Over the three days, 26,652 seafood professionals and decision-makers from 144 countries gathered in Brussels to review global innovations and intelligent solutions to meet consumer demands.

Expanding this year into Hall 8, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global welcomed 1,761 exhibitors from 72 countries, including 66 national and regional pavilions. The exhibiting companies displayed a variety of seafood products, both fresh and frozen, sourced from aquaculture and fishing, along with services relating to marine products, transportation, refrigerated logistics and packaging equipment.

For the exhibitors, this event is very important, as Clarine Louwerse, Manager of Culimer B.V. explained: “As far as we are concerned, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is the only European event that we attend. We see a lot of new faces and buyers from new companies at this event. It gives us the chance to convince them on the quality of our products and that we are a reliable partner for them.”

The exposition offers a platform where suppliers and buyers can do business and build professional networks. This annual event brings together thousands of buyers, importers, exporters, distributors, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and other retailers and food service companies from 144 countries.

"Seafood Expo Global is a fantastic opportunity for buyers to find new suppliers, new products, connect with existing suppliers and develop new ideas," explained a senior food buyer at Elior, one of 387 Key Buyers who attended the event this year. Other Key Buyers who attended included the following companies: Compass Group (France, United Kingdom, Germany); Turkish Do & Co (Turkey); AEON Global Merchandising (Japan); Aldi (Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom); AUCHAN (France, Portugal); Axfood (Sweden); Carrefour (Belgium, France, Romania, Spain, United States); Coop (Denmark, Italy, Switzerland); Costco Wholesale (United Kingdom); Jeronimo Martins (Colombia, Poland, Portugal); Metro (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Ukraine); REWE (Germany, Latvia, Thailand) and WalMart (Brazil, United States).

Brussels, as capital of the European Union, is filled with official delegations from around the world and many international not-for-profit organizations. It is the ideal place to meet and network with professionals from around the world. The organizers of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global also work in collaboration with VISITBRUSSELS to welcome thousands of attendees in Brussels.

Awards were presented for the prestigious Seafood Prix d’Élite competition that recognizes innovative companies in a number of categories. On 21 April, the company Salmon Brands, based in Oslo, Norway, won both the best new retail product category and the special award for originality, with its entry Salmaraw, a ready-to-eat sashimi in kit form. The special award for Health and Nutrition went to Marine Harvest from Bruges, Belgium, for its product Oven-baked Norwegian Duo (Duo Norvégien au Four). The Big Prawn Company from Melton Constable in the United Kingdom took home the special award for convenience for its Seafood Rarebit product, as well as the special award for packaging for its 2 Crayfish Thermidor Bakes product. Finally, Rockabill Shellfish Limited based in Balbriggan, Ireland, won the special award for seafood product line, for its "Something Fishy" product. In this 15th annual competition, a panel of experts in seafood products judged 37 finalists on their taste, originality, practicality, packaging, market potential and nutritional aspects. The full list of Seafood Prix d'Elite award-winners can be found online at: http://www.seafoodexpo.com/global/expo-highlights/seafood-prix-d-elite-highlights

The next Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global will take place 26-28 April 2016 at the BRUSSELS EXPO. For more information, please visit http://www.seafoodexpo.com/global. Throughout the year, you can also stay up-to-date with Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global news at http://www.SeafoodSource.com.

About Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global
Formerly named the European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe, Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global form the world’s largest seafood trade event. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition in Brussels, Belgium, to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition’s official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. http://www.seafoodexpo.com/global

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital revenue, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine and business management. The company's global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified has divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit: http://www.divcom.com

For further information about the organiser Diversified Communications, contact:

Adam Morris
Marketing Coordinator
Diversified Communications
Tel: +1 207.842.5578
Fax: +1 207.842.5505
amorris(at)divcom(dot)com

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