Portland, ME (April 8, 2019) — More than 22,150 seafood industry professionals from around the world convened in Boston March 17-19 for Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, North America’s largest seafood trade event. The expo drew 1,329 exhibitors from 49 countries and spanned 256,690 net square feet of exhibit space.
“The exhibitors and industry professionals at this year’s event were noticeably energized,” said Wynter Courmont, event director for Diversified Communications, organizer of the expo. “There was no shortage of excitement around individual companies’ innovative products, preparation and packaging concepts; and we also saw a lot of enthusiasm for industry-wide initiatives around sustainable sourcing, aquaculture and more.”
For the exhibiting companies, the three days of Seafood Expo North America are some of the most productive of the year. Moises del Rio, general manager of Verlasso Salmon, described his time in Boston as instrumental to his company’s promotional and networking success. “Verlasso has always been involved in the event, as it’s one of the main platforms in this industry where we can tell our story to a broader audience,” he said. “From the very inception of Verlasso, Seafood Expo North America has allowed us to build relationships that today, 8 years later, still remain very strong.”
On the purchasing side, 600 key buyers held meetings with international suppliers, without any of the standard travel required to shop the world’s seafood markets. “We have meetings planned well before the expo so we can use our time efficiently,” commented the chief supply chain officer of U.S. restaurant chain Captain D’s, who brought a team of key buyers to the event. They are there to hear the latest trends and forecasts, many of which focused on the importance of sustainable seafood, and to participate in the larger discussions taking place.
Seafood buyers in attendance had the benefit of sampling a variety of products and discovering the latest innovations in seafood. On Sunday, two products were honored as winners of the Seafood Excellence Awards: one for Best New Retail Product and another for Best New Foodservice Product. The Best New Retail Product went to St. James Smokehouse for its Saint Pure Salmon, and the honor of Best New Foodservice Product went to East Coast Seafood for its Lobster Macaroni & Cheese Bites. To determine the winners, a panel of judges evaluated their taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.
The following day, in the highly-anticipated oyster-shucking competition, 20 contestants faced off for the title of “Fastest Shucker in the East,” with top honors this year going to Dan Coll of Union Oyster House. The contestants shucked both Atlantic and Pacific oysters and were judged on speed and quality.
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 15-17, 2020 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. More coverage of the event is available at SeafoodSource.com. For full event details, visit 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 15 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. 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. 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