Boston Hosts North America’s Largest Seafood Event

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BOSTON – Seafood professionals from around the world gathered earlier this week at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America.

This year’s exhibit space spanned 237,665 sq. ft. – 31-per-cent larger than last year’s event – with 1,141 exhibiting companies from 49 countries, including new participating exhibiting countries from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Tunisia; and an increased presence from countries such as Canada, China, Ecuador, Iceland, India, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the U.S.

The Expo welcomed new pavilions representing Australia, Denmark, Papua New Guinea, Poland and Singapore. Pavilions from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Maldives, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam were back in Boston to present the newest seafood products and latest innovations to industry buyers. Exhibitors from China also returned with a notable presence after a hiatus brought on by pandemic travel restrictions.

The exhibit hall was packed with seafood and processing companies offering a variety of fresh, frozen, canned, value-added, processed, and packaged seafood products. The Expo showcased market-leading processing and packaging equipment, along with logistics services and other service providers.

“It was incredible to see the convention centre filled with suppliers and innovators from around the world presenting their products to industry peers,” says Liz Plizga, group vice-president for event organizer Diversified Communications. “There’s no better way to connect with the seafood industry and get a pulse on what the industry is excited about right now.”

In addition to the exhibit hall, this year’s event incorporated an educational conference program covering more than 30 sessions addressing the most relevant topics and trends in the industry.

Led by an impressive slate of top industry experts and thought leaders, the three-day conference program offered insight into aquaculture, corporate social responsibility, food safety and compliance (policy), seafood business & leadership, seafood sustainability, traceability and transparency, plastics and climate change as it relates to seafood and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global seafood trade.

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