Diversified Business Communications, the producer of the 21st edition of the European Seafood Exposition and 15th edition of Seafood Processing Europe that took place last April in Brussels, Belgium, is pleased to report the events’ strong performance.
More than 25,840 buyers and sellers were in attendance, with visitors from 145 countries. A total of 1,697 exhibiting companies came from 76 countries to showcase their seafood, seafood products, equipment, and services. The total exhibitor space occupied in Brussels Expo was 33,842 square meters, including 68 national and regional pavilions from Albania to Yemen.
“We’ve seen growth in the number of companies participating in the exposition,” said Liz Plizga, Show Director for Diversified Business Communications. “This is an indication that this industry remains strong even amidst the economic condition in Europe and proves that companies from all around the globe find value in meeting face-to-face and in the relationships they develop at the exposition,” she said.
Event highlights included the 13th anniversary of the prestigious Seafood Prix d’Elite New Product competition, which had 42 finalists companies competing in seven prize categories. The 2013 Prix d’Elite winners included the following:
- Best New Retail Product: The Big Prawn Company of Melton Constable, United Kingdom, for its Squid and Apple Black Pudding with Scallops and Minted Pea Purée, a convenient, ready-to-cook version of a favorite British dish.
- Best New Foodservice Product: Globe Export, France, for Fresh Seaweed in Sea Water. This line of five different fresh seaweeds from Bretagne includes dulse, nori, wakame, sea lettuce and sea bean, packed separately in seawater in 400-gram tubs.