Brussels Seafood Show 2018: Get ready for business

IntraFish is bringing you the most important news and announcements in the run-up to the biggest seafood show of the year.

The 2018 Brussels seafood show -- Seafood Expo Global -- is just around the corner and the global seafood industry is prepping for yet another hectic three days in Belgium's capital city.

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To give you a head-start, IntraFish is rounding up the most important news and announcements in the run-up to the event.

We want to hear from you, too, so drop us a line and let us know if you have any new products, personnel, booth activities or other events you'd like to share with the industry.

IntraFish is hosting two events this year, and though seating is limited, there's still time to sign up.

On Tuesday morning, April 24, join us for our IntraFish Leadership Breakfast, where speakers from Cermaq, Nutreco and the Ecuadorian shrimp sector will discuss the new Sustainable Shrimp Partnership (SSP). Registration begins at 8:30 am at the Brussels Expo center, room 1102A at the entrance of Hall 11. Sign up for the event here.

Also, join us for the IntraFish Leadership Luncheon at the Atomium on April 25 for the annual IntraFish Person of the Year award and a keynote presentation by Grant Rosewarne, CEO of New Zealand King Salmon. Click here for more information and to register for the event.


Russian, Chilean authorities in salmon trade talks

Representatives of the Chilean salmon industry and the Russian fisheries agency Rosrybolovstvo are meeting today in Brussels to discuss the terms of salmon trade agreements between both countries.

Chilean exporters and Russian importers are also taking part in the talks, which are expected to lead the way to more flexible regulations on salmon imports from Chile.

At the moment, Russian regulations are very strict on the use of certain treatments used to treat diseases such as SRS in Chile compared with regulations in place in other importing areas like the European Union.

Both Chilean exporters and Russian importers claim the strict measures have a negative impact for trade and are working together with Russian authorities to lower the demands.


Culimer launching retail skinpack line

European seafood supplier Culimer is launching a retail skinpack line at the upcoming Brussels seafood show.

Following a development process of more than a year, the large range of skin-packed products, will include MSC-certified tuna steaks, raw lobster and a sushi at home starterpack.

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Anova to launch new value brand in Brussels

International seafood supplier Anova Seafood will launch a new value-added brand at the 2018 Brussels seafood show.

It will trade under the brand name Del Mare.

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GlobalGAP to hold stakeholder update

What's the latest on the GlobalGAP aquaculture standard? An hour-long meeting on April 25 at 15:00 CET in Hall 11, third floor, Room 1123, will give interested stakehoAccordlders an update.

Speakers include Kristian Moeller, CEO of GlobalGAP, Juergen Pauly of Globus Germany, and Peter Zeller, CEO of Fresh Corporation.


EU to hold event on fisheries social issues

The European Commission will hold an event on the importance of food security and the social dimension of fisheries on April 25.

Europe’s fishermen representation body Europeche will participate in the event as a Social Partner, while Opagac’s Julio Moron will give an update on the organization’s Responsible Tuna Fishing certification.

“We are delighted that the European Union is giving center stage to the importance of the fishing sector as a food supplier and to the welfare of our fishermen,” said Ment van der Zwan, senior policy advisor at the EU Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association, who will also be a speaker at the event.


Update on Argentina red shrimp FIP

Interested stakeholders will get an update on the offshore and onshore fishery improvement projects (FIPs) for Argentina red shrimp on April 25 at 11:15 to 12:00 CET in Hall 11, Room 1124.

Speakers include Adrian Awstin, secretary of fisheries of Chubut (Argentina), Ernesto Godelman, CEO of CeDePesca, Dirk Belmans, of Belgian processor Shore, a partner in the FIP’s, and Pablo Basso of Spanish group Iberconsa, also a partner in the FIPs.


GSSI celebrates fifth anniversary

The Global Seafoodd Sustainability Initiative (GSSI) is celebrating five years of operation and is marking this milestone with a stakeholder update in Brussels.

GSSI said it will be joined by industry partners, NGOs, the FAO and other key stakeholders.

It will take place on April 24 at 14:00–15:30 CET.


Open Blue launches new frozen range

Panama cobia farmer Open Blue will introduce a new range of frozen cobia products for both foodservice and retail applications at this year’s Seafood Expo Global (Hall 11, #2701.)

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Processed at source at Open Blue’s BRC certified production facility in Panama City, this natural, ‘ocean to table’ range includes cobia fillets, loins and IVP fixed weight cobia portions at 100 grams and 130 grams.

To meet the growing interest for fixed weight and customized portions, Open Blue expanded its production facility with a multi-million dollar investment, enabling at-source portioning and inline freezing.

There will be an exclusive launch reception at The Bistronomy at Living Tomorrow, Brussels, on April 24 with live cooking demonstrations from five leading European chefs.


MSC holds annual seafood futures forum

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is holding its annual Seafood Futures Forum during the Brussels show.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Ally Dingwall of Sainsbury’s. He will discuss how one of the UK’s leading supermarket chains can provide a commercially viable seafood offer and set its own sustainability goals, while incorporating international targets such as the SDGs and taking stakeholder concerns into account.

Following the keynote speech is the panel discussion — titled “Fit for the future? How the MSC can stay the course” — featuring representatives from the different stakeholder groups that that the MSC works with.

Panelists include Annelie Selander, group sustainability director of Nomad Foods Europe, Tor Bjørklund Larsen of the Norwegian Fisheries Association, and Amanda Nickson of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The event takes place in the Brussels Expo Centre, on April 25 from 9:00-10:30 CET.


Labeyrie, Pescanova, Royal Greenland among Brussels new product finalists

Finalists of the Seafood Excellence Global awards competition were announced by Diversified Communications, organizer of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, with 40 products selected from 78 applications.

Two grand prizes will be awarded for the Best Retail Product and the Best Hotel/Restaurant/Catering (HORECA) Product. Five special awards will be presented for innovation, convenience, health & nutrition, retail packaging and seafood product line.

Click here to see the full list of nominated companies.


New IntraFish Magazine: Check out our Brussels preview issue

Stop by the IntraFish booth and pick up your copy of our exclusive Brussels show issue of IntraFish magazine.

Click here for more information.


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See you on the show floor, or come see us at Booth #5-401.