More than 22,160 buyers and sellers from around 143 countries attended Seafood Expo Global in Brussels in April, the organisers have disclosed.
The expo featured the stands of 1,664 exhibiting companies from 80 countries covering 35,862 square meters of combined exhibit space, including 73 national and regional pavilions. Last year, there were more than 26,000 trade visitors.
‘Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global was tremendously successful this year in light of what happened in Brussels a few weeks prior to the exposition,’ said Liz Plizga (pictured), group vice president for Diversified Communications.
‘As we anticipated in these circumstances, we saw some impact on the level of participation, though the event offered a safe environment, bringing together serious buyers and suppliers from around the world to conduct business.
A Swiss buyer said: ‘Everyone I expected to be at the event was there and I met the people I wanted to meet. I am rather new in the seafood business and the Brussels exposition was a good opportunity for me to get in touch with suppliers, partners, and NGOs, which was a fruitful experience. I’m looking forward to next year’s expo.’
Other key buyers who attended included the following companies: Ahold (Belgium); Aldi (Italy, Spain); Alibaba.com (China); Auchan (France, Italy, Portugal); Axfood (Sweden); Carrefour (Belgium, France, Italy); Colruyt (Belgium); Compass Group (United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France); Coop (Switzerland, Italy, Denmark); Costco (France, United Kingdom); Delhaize (Belgium); DO & CO (United Kingdom, Turkey, Austria); E.Leclerc (France, Reunion); Eland (South Korea); Eroski (Spain); Subway (United States); Gate Gourmet (United Kingdom); Intermarché (Belgium, France); JD.com (China); Jeronimo Martins (Columbia, Poland); Jumbo Supermarkten (Netherlands); Kaufland (Germany); La Sirena (Spain); Lidl (Italy, Germany, United Kingdom); Marks & Spencer (United Kingdom); Mercadona (Spain); Metro (United States, Germany, France, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Belgium, Hong Kong, Italy); Monoprix (France); Morrisons (United Kingdom); Picard (France); REWE (Hong Kong, Germany, Austria); Sainsbury’s (United Kingdom); Sodexo (United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy).