International Exhibitors Push Boston-based Seafood Show Over Record 200,000 Net Square Feet
The Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, formerly the International Boston Seafood Show/Seafood Processing America, still is a few weeks away, but it has a record-setting showfloor on tap, with more than 200,000 net square feet at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Scheduled March 15-17, the show, which is owned by Diversified Communications, has seen a lot of growth from overseas companies that have decided to exhibit.
“Reports state 91 percent of seafood in the United States is imported from other countries, showing promise to international companies looking to expand their foothold. Regionally, there is notable influx in new participation from Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Morocco and Spain,” said Liz Plizga, group vice president for Diversified.
She added, “The increase in participation signifies the importance of Seafood Expo North America for companies, worldwide, looking to penetrate this market.”
Last year’s event drew more than 20,000 seafood professionals.
The exhibition also is complemented by an educational conference program, master classes, culinary demonstrations, an oyster shucking competition and the Seafood Excellence competition.
“While the expo is designed as a platform for buyers and suppliers to network and do business in just three days, the special onsite activities provide them with an opportunity to enhance their experience at the event,” said Wynter Courmont, event manager. “It is truly exciting to see this event continue to prosper.”
In 2014, 84 percent of the visitors surveyed indicated the intent to purchase as a direct result of the exposition. The visitors’ survey also revealed that the top three objectives for attending were to meet with existing suppliers, find new suppliers and compare products.
Visitors attend the expo to find a variety of seafood products and service, including fresh, frozen, value-added, processed and packaged seafood, as well as processing and packaging equipment, logistics and other service providers.
Previous attendees include buyers from the largest retail and foodservice establishments, including BJ’s Restaurant, Long John Silver’s, McDonald’s, P.F. Chang’s, Ruby Tuesday, Costco, Delhaize America, Safeway Inc., Tesco, Walmart and Whole Foods Market.