Thousands of seafood professionals braved blizzard conditions in Boston to attend top industry event
PORTLAND, ME (April 16, 2018) — Despite a record-breaking late season blizzard that dropped nearly 15 inches of snow on and around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, more than 22,200 seafood industry players from around the world braved the elements March 11-13 to attend Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, North America’s largest seafood trade event.
This year’s edition featured a record-breaking exhibit space of more than 258,360 net square feet with 1,341 exhibiting companies from 57 countries and over 22,200 total attendees from more than 117 countries.
“The seafood industry can face more challenging weather conditions than this” said Wynter Courmont, Event Director for Diversified Communications. “Rain or shine, business needs to get done. The commute may have had its challenges, but the unseasonable wind and snow didn’t stop buyers from coming on that last day.”
Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America presents three productive days seafood professionals don’t want to miss. For many suppliers and buyers, these three days are their most productive new-business generating days of the year. In a tweet, Innovation PEI, a Prince Edward Island economic development agency and returning #SENA18 exhibitor, said that the 100+ meetings its members held at the prior year’s expo led to over $4 Million in new sales signed within two months.
Industry professionals also attend educational sessions to hear the latest trends and forecasts. This year, keynote presenter and acclaimed economist Mark Blyth discussed how two phases of historic globalization have put us where we are today, and how a third phase taking shape now presents an opportunity for the seafood industry. By harnessing artificial intelligence and other technologies, Blyth contended that the industry could achieve unprecedented growth. “You get this right, there is a tremendous selling opportunity and there is a tremendous growth opportunity,” he said. “I’m actually bullish about this.”
Later that afternoon, a panel of seafood industry experts weighed in on two standout products in the popular Seafood Excellence Awards competition. Two awards were given: one for Best New Retail Product and another for Best New Foodservice Product. The panel judged products based on their taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality. Best New Foodservice Product for 2018 went to Yellowfin Tuna Slices from Thai Union – Chicken of the Sea, and Best New Retail Product went to Creamy Masago Bites from Iceland’s Finest.
On Day Two, in another highly-anticipated competition, 12 contestants faced off for the title of “Fastest Shucker in the East,” with top honors going to Mammadou Diallo from Union Oyster House. The winner shucked a dozen oysters in an adjusted time of 1 minute, 20 seconds.
In between headlining events and demonstrations, attendees browsed thousands of seafood product and processing suppliers’ exhibits, meeting new business contacts and tasting samples from around the world. Seafood Expo North America also included an educational conference program and numerous social events and networking opportunities.
Next year’s event is scheduled for March 17-19, 2019 — rain or shine — at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. More coverage of the event is available at Seafoodsource.com. For full event details, visit www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america.
About Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America: Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exhibition 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. The exposition is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute. SeafoodSource is the official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. For more information, visit: www.seafoodexpo.com/north-america
About Diversified Communications: Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit: http://www.divcom.com
Adam Morris, Senior Marketing Coordinator