The 41st edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America will be held March 12-14. An edition that, according to the organizers, will be larger, with more than 25% more exhibition space than last year. This means that, in just over a month, the seafood industry will once again gather at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Three days of business and networking
Wynter Courmont, Event Director at Diversified Communications, the organizing company, is excited about the significant growth of the event. “It is a testament to how much the industry values the opportunities the in-person expo provides for their business”, he said. Once again, Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America will provide an opportunity for suppliers to meet face-to-face, conduct business, and network for three days.
Visitors will find seafood and processing companies offering fresh, frozen, canned, value-added, processed and packaged seafood products, as well as suppliers of processing and packaging equipment, logistics, and other services at the exhibition. In the 2022 edition, 73% of visitors seeking new products or innovations achieved their goal, and up to 86% of visitors participated in or influenced purchasing decisions.
“While we still have about five more weeks in the commercial cycle, we have seen increased presence from countries like Canada, China, Ecuador, Iceland, India, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the US”, explained Courmont. According to the organizers, to date, new participating exhibiting countries include Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea among others; and new pavilions represent Australia, Denmark, Papua New Guinea, and Poland. Besides, China is also back with a notable presence, after a hiatus brought on by pandemic travel restrictions.
Not just trading
In addition to the exhibition, Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America 2023 will feature an educational conference program. Led by industry experts and thought leaders, more than 30 sessions will address the most relevant industry topics and trends. These include the global economist and keynote speaker, Megan Greene, who will present ‘Economic Update for 2023 – Where are we headed?’, providing predictions on the direction of the global recovery. The annual ‘Power of Seafood 2023’ report update will also be presented, providing attendees with valuable information, especially for retailers interested in increasing seafood sales.
There will also be discussions, such as ‘The Evolution and Future of Seafood Processing’, in which experts on the panel will talk about how processing has changed, what current market demand is like, and where there are future opportunities. And others, such as the presentation ‘Seafood Trends in Foodservice’, will draw on data, in this case from Datassential, to provide attendees with information to better understand seafood trends in the U.S. and offer suggestions on how companies can develop more targeted strategies in the North American country.
Moreover than trading and conferences, it will be a new Attendee Empowerment Lounge providing content to help visitants with social media presence and career development. Finally, as every year, the Expo will feature new and featured product exhibits; a new edition of the Seafood Excellence Awards; chef demonstrations, and the popular annual oyster shucking competition. Those interested in registering can do so by following this link.
About Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America
Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America is the largest seafood expo in North America. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend this annual show. Exhibiting suppliers offer the latest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. Buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and food service companies. The exhibition is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute.