As we plan for the in-person event, this page serves as a resource for important information about COVID-19 as related to Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global.
25 May 2021 – Announcement: Event Now Scheduled for 2022
Today, Diversified Communications, organizer of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global announced that the 28th edition of the event will now take place 26-28 April 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. The event had been postponed from its original date of 27-29 April 2021 to 7-9 September 2021.
“Keeping our customers’ best interest in mind is our top priority,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice President, Diversified Communications. “After evaluation of suppliers and buyers’ concerns around the continued uncertainties caused by the on-going COVID-19 situation worldwide, it became evident that 2021 would still be too soon to host an international event that would provide the global experience the seafood community would find valuable.”
Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is the world’s largest and most diverse seafood trade event bringing together more than 29,000 industry professionals from around the globe. More than 158 countries are represented at the event and each country’s complex COVID-19 regulations and governmental restrictions make it impossible to hold a large-scale global event in September 2021.
“We are committed to Barcelona,” added Plizga. “We will continue working with Fira de Barcelona and the city to ensure we can host a valuable in-person event that will bring back, at the Gran Via venue in 2022, the international representation that makes Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global the global seafood marketplace and the largest seafood trade event in the world.”
“We have already received contracts for the 2022 edition and strong participation interest from all sectors of the global seafood industry. We look forward to having the most successful first edition in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain,” said Wynter Courmont, Event Director, Diversified Communications.
Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global brings all the key players (suppliers, buyers, government, distributors, industrial and services) in the seafood sector from everywhere in the world. Seafood Expo Global features seafood suppliers showcasing their newest seafood products – fresh, frozen, canned, value-added, processed and packaged – to global seafood buyers including supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, catering services, importers, distributors, seafood markets and other retail and foodservice companies. Seafood Processing Global highlights every aspect of seafood processing, including packaging materials and equipment, refrigeration and freezing equipment and supplies, primary processing equipment, secondary processing equipment, hygiene control and sanitation and quality assurance services.
The event organizers’ focus is to provide business continuity and continue to serve the needs of their customers. “Until the 2022 edition in Barcelona, we will be exploring online event opportunities to connect suppliers and buyers together and keep the seafood community informed on the latest topics in the industry,” commented Courmont.
Please continue to check the website for updates on the 2022 edition.
2 November 2020 – Announcement: Event Postponed
Diversified Communications has determined that it is necessary to postpone Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global to 7-9 September 2021 at the Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain.
This postponement is an unavoidable consequence of the continued magnitude of the public health and safety issues caused by COVID-19, which are not yet showing the types of encouraging trends we have been hoping for. We have been closely monitoring the world health situation, government regulations and travel restrictions while carefully considering the concerns that have been addressed to us by customers and attendees. Unfortunately, it has become evident that April 2021 would be too early to convene the global seafood industry.
The decision to move the event to September 2021 was based on availability Fira de Barcelona was able to provide as they worked relentlessly to find a date that would accommodate an event of our size.
While planning for our 2021 event, we continue to closely follow the situation around COVID-19. Like many event organizers, we are always exploring contingency plans to provide business continuity for our seafood community. We are committed to delivering an in-person event in 2021 and are working with the venue and the appropriate authorities to ensure the health and safety of our customers, attendees, vendors, employees and local community.
The 2022 edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is scheduled in the same time frame as in past years – in April 2022.
We thank you for your patience as we navigate these challenging times and look forward to getting our seafood community back together in Barcelona in September 2021.