16 April 2020 – Update
Today, Diversified Communications, organizer of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, the world’s largest seafood event, has reluctantly determined that the continued and expanding magnitude of the public health and safety issues caused by COVID-19 worldwide now requires the cancellation of the 2020 edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global. The event had previously been postponed due to COVID-19.
Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global was originally scheduled for 21-23 April 2020 at the Brussels Expo in Belgium. “When we announced the postponement of the 2020 event, we had expected to reschedule later this year,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice President, Diversified Communications.
Given the recent announcement that the limitation on large gatherings in Brussels has been extended through 31 August 2020 and the ongoing impacts of COVID–19, including global travel restrictions, and the broad need to practice physical distancing, Diversified Communications has concluded it is impossible to hold the event. The complexities of organizing a safe, global, seafood event drawing seafood professionals from more than 158 countries in the midst of a pandemic pose too many insurmountable hurdles. “We are disappointed to concede that hosting a 2020 edition of the event is infeasible,” added Plizga.
In the coming weeks, the Seafood Expo Global team will continue to reach out to exhibitors regarding the 2021 edition and will answer questions around the cancellation of the 2020 edition.
“While we all continue to navigate this difficult situation, the Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global team is engaged in intensive planning for the next edition, scheduled for 27-29 April 2021, in our beautiful new location, Fira Barcelona Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain,” commented Plizga.
18 March 2020 – Update
Diversified Communications is still pursuing date options for the 2020 event. The Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global team is working directly with customers to find the best time to hold the event this year. The final decision will be communicated as soon as we had a chance to hear from everyone.
Please keep checking this website for important updates.
10 March 2020 – Update: Seafood Expo Global Postponed
Diversified Communications has made the very difficult decision that, due to the magnitude of the unanticipated public health and safety issues posed by the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion, we have no choice but to postpone the upcoming edition of Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global, which was planned to take place on 21-23 April 2020 at the Brussels Expo in Belgium. The Belgium government has affirmed the risk the outbreak poses with its issuance today of advice to cancel indoor events with more than 1,000 people to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. In order to preserve business continuity for our community, we will inform you directly of the new 2020 dates by no later than 18 March 2020 and will post the dates on our website as well.
Please look for important follow up communications from Diversified with logistical details relating to the rescheduled event. We understand that you may have further questions; if so, please continue to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We thank you in advance for your patience as we try to respond to each of you in a timely manner.
We value the support of everyone involved in the making of this event our vendors, the local authorities, the venue and, most of all, our partners, friends and customers in the seafood industry. We are looking forward to getting this strong seafood community back together in the near future. Until then, we send heartfelt thoughts to those who are affected by COVID-19.
6 March 2020 – Update
With the announcement of Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America in Boston being postponed along with others in Europe, we are receiving questions about Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global and we understand your concerns. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we understand it presents challenges, and we are looking at all possible options for the 2020 edition, including the possibility of a postponement. We realize timing is essential to your business; Diversified Communications is in the final stages of assessing our options and will be making a final decision by end of day Tuesday, 10 March EST.
In the meantime, we remain in close communication with our partners in Belgium, including the Brussels Expo and local authorities. The Belgian Federal Public Health has created a site with information about COVID-19: www.info-coronavirus.be.
If you have other questions regarding the upcoming event, please be sure to reference our event website for the most accurate information at www.seafoodexpo.com/global/novel-coronavirus-updates/
We are dedicated to providing a valuable and safe global business platform to the industry.
24 February 2020 – Update
As Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is still 9 weeks away, we are closely monitoring this evolving situation. We understand there are concerns and questions around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in relation to the event and would like to reassure you that the health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees and staff are our priority. The event is scheduled to take place as planned from 21-23 April 2020 at the Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium. Exhibitors and attendees continue registering for the event. Please reference our extensive list of leading seafood-industry companies.
We are working with the venue and local authorities responsible to assess risks and protocols and following the WHO recommendations on actions to be taken around the COVID-19. Based on their guidance, Diversified Communications will implement the most effective additional preventive measures as necessary.
Please continue to check this website with updates and details around new protocols, procedures or preventive measures as they develop.
For more information on COVID-19, please check World Health Organization (WHO) website:
Diversified Communications has been responding to public safety situations for many years and has an effective crisis management protocol in place. We have confidence in our partnerships with the cities and local authorities where our events take place, and we will continue to update our customers on new developments. We look forward to a safe and successful event in Brussels.
3 February 2020 – Update
The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors are our primary concern. At this time, we are monitoring the situation with regards to the Novel Coronavirus and following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO). We are also working with the appropriate authorities on recommended protocols. Please continue to check this page for additional information.
For information on this Novel Coronavirus, visit the World Health Organization:
Diversified Communications has been responding to public safety situations for many years and has an effective crisis management protocol in place. We have great confidence in our partnerships with the cities and local authorities where our events take place, and we will continue to update our customers on new developments. Please continue to check this page for updates.