Record crowds at Brus­sels show

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THE world’s largest seafood ex­hi­bi­tion, held in Brus­sels in April, at­tracted record crowds this year, with visi­tor num­bers reach­ing more than 28,500, the show or­gan­is­ers re­vealed last month.

Seafood Expo Global fea­tured the stands of 1,859 ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies from 79 coun­tries, in­clud­ing 73 na­tional and re­gional pavil­ions.

Among the first time ex­hibitors were rep­re­sen­ta­tions from Latvia, Myan­mar, Poland, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Cyprus and Ro­ma­nia. In to­tal, ex­hibits cov­ered 38,338sq m of space.

‘The con­tin­ued growth of this event shows the value of face-to-face meet­ings for buy­ers and sup­pli­ers do­ing busi­ness in the global seafood in­dus­try,’ said Wyn­ter Cour­mont, event di­rec­tor for the show’s or­gan­is­ers, Di­ver­si­fied Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Buy­ers from restau­rants, su­per­mar­kets, hotels, cater­ing ser­vices, im­porters, dis­trib­u­tors and seafood mar­kets at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion in the Bel­gian cap­i­tal. A record 455 high-vol­ume buy­ers par­tic­i­pated in this year’s ‘Key Buyer’ pro­gramme.

‘It’s an event 100 per cent ded­i­cated to fish and seafood and it brings the whole sec­tor to­gether once a year,’ said a cat­e­gory man­ager from Ahold in the Nether­lands.

Next year’s Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Pro­cess­ing Global will be held on April 24-26 at the Brus­sels Expo.

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