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At Long Last, Seafood Expo Global Debut in Barcelona Ready to Launch

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With just a few weeks to go before the opening of the April 26-28 Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global in Barcelona, Spain,  the show’s organizing company reports that 39,545 square meters of net exhibit space has been booked. After three years of delay due to coronavirus pandemic lockdowns and related restrictions, the 28th edition of the fair, formerly held in Brussels, will herald a return to face-to-face business and welcome thousands of suppliers and buyers from around the globe.

“The exhibition will have a very positive impact on the local economy and will bring together industry players, seafood buyers and sellers for three days of networking, building business relationships, finding new products and sharing discussions about emerging trends in the seafood sector – all in one place,” said Liz Plizga (pictured above at right), group vice president of organizer Diversified Communications Group, during a press conference on March 31.

The event at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via exhibition grounds is expected to bring together more than 1,527 exhibiting companies from 76 countries, and will feature 59 country and regional pavilions.

“We are expecting our first fair in this fantastic city to be a success,” said Plaza. “We chose Barcelona for its size and expertise in hosting international trade events, the variety of hotel options and its eminent position within maritime industry.”

Constantí Serrallonga, managing director of Fira de Barcelona (pictured above at left), stated: “We are very excited to host the first edition in Barcelona of the largest event for the seafood industry, which further strengthens Barcelona and Fira as world hubs for international events…and confirms our institution as an epicenter for the food industry as it joins other major events in the sector, such as Alimentaria&Hostelco, Barcelona Wine Week and the Gastronomic Forum.”

Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global will occupy Halls 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the Galleria between Halls 4 and 5 at the Gran Via exhibition grounds. Attending buyers, which include supermarkets, hypermarkets, restaurants, traders, importers, distributors, wholesalers and representatives of the hospitality industry, will be involved in three intense days of business, when they will be able to network, find new products and learn about the latest market trends.

The show will feature a comprehensive conference program with over 20 educational sessions that will address the principal challenges faced by the seafood industry. More than 65 international experts from the industry will come together in the city to offer practical and theoretical insights on the most current topics, including aquaculture, seafood business and leadership, the latest in seafood sustainability projects.