This week, thousands of seafood professionals from around the world and across Asia have reconnected in-person at the 10th edition of Seafood Expo Asia, the Seafood Marketplace for Asia. The event, organized by Diversified Communications, started on 14 September and took place until 16 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
During the three-day expo, 209 exhibiting companies representing 42 countries displayed their latest seafood products, equipment and services. New countries represented include Bangladesh, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Yemen.
“The event hosted 18 national and regional pavilions, featuring new pavilions from Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Latvia and Turkey, each bringed their own unique, local flavors to the seafood community.”
Industry buyers from restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and catering services, as well as importers and distributors from across Asia come to the Expo looking for innovative, fresh, frozen, chilled, canned and value-added seafood products to satisfy their customers’ growing demand for seafood.
“Seafood Expo Asia serves as a critical platform where buyers and decision makers in the seafood industry come to source the latest products from around the world,” said Iris Kwan, Event Director for Diversified Communications. “In addition to finding products, attendees can participate in live conference sessions led by industry experts on topics pertinent to today’s seafood business environment.”
Aquaculture, one of the important topics for the fair
This year’s event featured a comprehensive conference program covering the latest topics relevant to the Asian market. Throughout the course of the three days, conversations addressed sustainability, eco-certification, aquaculture, supply chain, logistics, food control and traceability.
The first conference was a session on how sourcing and selling seafood have become challenging over the past two years, “Supply Chain Under Stress: How Changing Realities are Driving Innovation in Seafood Transactions”, presented by Dealboard’s Director, Steve Engdahl and Asia/Pacific Market Development Manager, Damien De Ment. All the conference sessions took place in the exhibit hall and the full schedule can be found on the event website.
In the other hand, the Demonstration Theater offered a series of culinary demonstrations and sampling sessions, which provided procurement managers, food service executives, chefs and retailers with the latest food trends and sourcing ideas. The first tasting session was the sampling of Red Drum (sea bass) by Ferme Marine de Mahebourg, and the first culinary demonstration by Conselleria do Mar -Xunta de Galicia, from Spain.
The finest and newest seafood products
Product sourcing is one of the most popular reasons buyers attend Seafood Expo Asia. The event’s Product Showcase represents the one-stop shop where the finest and newest seafood products and services are showcased. From fresh seafood to ready-to-eat seafood meals to packaging solutions, the Product Showcase is a valuable resource for attendees to identify which exhibiting companies to visit at the event.
The Showcase highlighted products from Chaaya Group HK (Hong Kong), Lian Ruey Enterprise (Taiwan), Primstar BV (Netherlands), Hong Seafood PTE x (Singapore), Georgia Seafood (Falkland Island), Polarplas India PVT (India), Soltuna Limited (Solomon Island) and more.
In addition to these special events, Seafood Expo Asia hosted its popular business matchmaking program, which enables high-volume seafood buyers to search and match with the right suppliers through a digital platform. Buyers took part in face-to-face strategic business meetings with qualified seafood companies exhibiting at the Expo.
The attractive and lucrative Asian market
Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Asian market. The event is produced by Diversified Communications and takes place annually in Asia.