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Week in Review: GOAL conference, Conxemar show, turning point for groundfish markets

Take a look back on what you might have missed.

Hello -- let's start your Monday by looking back at the most important stories from last week on IntraFish.

Several of our reporters were on the road last week, covering both the GOAL 2017 conference in Dublin, Ireland, and the Conxemar trade show in Vigo, Spain.

Speaking to Editor Elisabeth Fischer in Vigo, surimi giant Viciunai said it is looking to push its branded surimi products in key markets, heralding a new era for high-quality products.

Marel and Baader had competing whitefish processing equipment events in the previous week, and Senior Reporter Dominic Welling continued his coverage from the events.

Marel said it is planning to ramp up its activities in Asia, and one executive with the Icelandic equipment supplier said that on-board and land-based whitefish processing is ready for a "quantum leap."

Reporter Lola Navarro continued her coverage from Ecuador, and wrote a piece on aquatic feed firm Vitapro, which is seeing growth opportunities in markets such as Brazil and Mexico.

There were several breaking news stories last week: The owners of US seafood companies Orca Bay Seafoods and Odyssey Foods announced the merger of the two businesses, and Nutreco CEO Knut Nesse told us the merger of Skretting's aquaculture feed operations and the appointment of a new CEO.

A new Associated Press report implicated retail giants Walmart and Aldi in a North Korean labor scandal, and on Friday Cooke Aquaculture announced a $500 million (€427 million) deal to acquire oil and protein ingredient company Omega Protein.

Speaking to IntraFish Executive Director John Fiorillo, Omega Protein CEO Brent Scholtes described the two companies as a perfect match.

In addition, troubled Pacific Andes announced a new restructuring plan last week, and finally got the green light to sell off US subsidiary National Fish & Seafood.

Enjoy the week!

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