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European Seafood Expo, Seafood Processing Europe best for Business Opportunities

25 March 2013

BELGIUM - The 21st edition of the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) and 15th edition of Seafood Processing Europe (SPE) will be held at the BRUSSELS EXPO in Brussels, Belgium from Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 April 2013. This global annual event attracts over 25,000 seafood buyers and sellers from around the world and hosts the prestigious Seafood Prix d’Elite New Products Competition.

The European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe is the world’s largest seafood trade fair and features companies who are seeking access to the strong European seafood consuming market. The exposition features more than 1,600 exhibiting suppliers from over 70 countries with a wide variety of offerings: fresh and frozen fish and seafood; processed and packaged fish and seafood; processing and packaging equipment; freight forwarders and logistics services; and seafood-industry services.

“Every year, the exposition is highly anticipated by suppliers and buyers who are counting on this three-day event to conduct business, network and develop relationships with key players in the industry, source fish and seafood products from around the world, and have the opportunity to share industry ideas with the international seafood community,” said Liz Plizga, Show Director for Diversified Business Communications.

Figures based on a 2012 visitor survey show that 83 per cent of the visitors have purchasing authority, 71 per cent of the visitors intend to purchase as a result of attending the exposition and 82 per cent of those surveyed found new companies or products.

Seafood Prix d’Elite

Now in its thirteenth year, the Seafood Prix d’Elite New Products Competition recognizes the best new seafood products of the year developed for the European market. Each year, awards are presented for Best Retail Product and Best Foodservice Product. Special awards are also given at the judges’ discretion in the categories of Convenience, Nutrition and Health, Retail Packaging, Originality, and Best Seafood Product Line.

Recently, forty-two finalists representing 10 countries have been selected and winners will be revealed at this year’s awards ceremony on 23 April in Auditorium 2000 at the BRUSSELS EXPO. All exhibitors and visitors are invited to attend. The winners’ products will also be on display at the exhibition.


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