The largest seafood industry trade fair is this year bringing together 2078 exhibiting companies from 87 countries and 68 pavilions spread across 49,339 square metres of exhibition space in Barcelona.
The 29th exhibition of its kind, Seafood Expo Global opens its doors today. It’s already a step up from last year’s event, already 24% larger than the 2022 event, which was the first to take place in Barcelona following the decision to from relocate its long-term venue in Brussels.
‘Last year’s successful first edition in Barcelona was an indication that the industry was ready to be back in-person after two years of not being able to gather due to the pandemic. This year’s increased interest and significant growth in participation confirms that the industry relies on the Expo to ensure business continuity,’ said Liz Plizga, recently appointed as president of exhibition organiser Diversified Communications USA.
‘Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global is the global platform where suppliers and buyers come to meet, network, launch or find new products and achieve their business goals.’
The 2023 event features new country exhibitor representations from Austria, Barbados, Cyprus, Fiji, Gambia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Suriname and Switzerland.
Among the 68 national and regional pavilions at the event, the notable new country pavilions are Australia, Saudi Arabia, the Seychelles and Solomon Islands. Additionally, new regions of Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States will be represented in the exhibit hall along with the return of Galicia, Spain. Many returning pavilions will have even larger exhibition space, including China, Galicia and Catalonia from Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands in Seafood Expo Global, and Norway in Seafood Processing Global.