April 25, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Department of Fisheries will lead a delegation of New Brunswick seafood companies to the world's premier seafood show from April 27-30 in Brussels, Belgium, Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet announced today.
Ten provincial companies and organizations will attend the European Seafood Exposition (ESE), meeting thousands of buyers and sellers from global retail, food service and wholesale companies.
"I am confident that presenting our products on this international stage will give New Brunswick companies the chance to further broaden their consumer base and make important new contacts," said Doucet. "Our products have become world-renowned for their exceptional taste and high quality. During this year's show we will place special emphasis on our lobster and shrimp products, which we believe show great potential for increased export opportunities on the global market."
The ESE brings together buyers and sellers from 87 countries to showcase every category of seafood product, storage and processing equipment, and many seafood-related services, including freight handling, insurance, and information technology.
The delegates will meet with European trade commissioners, participate in the Atlantic Canada Showcase, and meet potential customers. Staff from the Department of Fisheries will also exhibit at the ESE, providing buyers with details on New Brunswick's fishing and aquaculture industries.
"New Brunswick has proven itself to be a leader in the fisheries and aquaculture industries," said Doucet. "We are committed to selling New Brunswick's advantages to the international market, and believe strongly that our seafood products are globally competitive. Our government knows that our fisheries and aquaculture operations are a significant part of the self-sufficiency objective of the province."
The New Brunswick companies and organizations participating in the ESE include:
New Brunswick remains Canada's fourth-largest seafood exporting province, with domestic exports of more $756 million in 2008.
MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Harpelle, communications, Department of Fisheries, 506-444-4218.