April 27, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick is attending the world's largest seafood fair, which begins today in Brussels, Belgium, Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet announced today.
Ten provincial companies are registered for the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) April 27-29. They join thousands of buyers and sellers from around the world for three days of business and networking.
"We are beginning to see global economic recovery and are feeling optimistic about the year ahead," said Doucet. "Industry is committed to reinforcing its presence in the global marketplace and we are committed to supporting these efforts.
"New Brunswick companies are taking an aggressive approach to market diversification," he added. "Through these important trade show opportunities, they are able to secure contacts and build relationships that will help expand their businesses."
The ESE brings together buyers and sellers from about 140 countries. The event showcases categories of seafood products from fresh, frozen, canned to value -added. It also exhibits storage, processing and handling equipment, and a host of seafood-related services, including freight-handling, insurance, and information technology.
The New Brunswick delegates will meet with European trade commissioners and many business associates to establish partnerships. Staff from the Department of Fisheries will exhibit with companies, providing buyers with details on New Brunswick's fishing and aquaculture industries.
This year, the prestigious Seafood Prix d'Elite new product award competition celebrates its 10th year. New Brunswick company Supreme Sturgeon and Caviar has been nominated as a finalist with their sturgeon caviar.
"Our government is committed to promoting New Brunswick's products and advantages to the world," said Doucet. "By attending the show with such an impressive and growing delegation, we are proving that New Brunswick continues to be a leader in this industry."
The companies and organizations from New Brunswick participating are:
MEDIA CONTACT: Katharine Sidenius, communications, Department of Fisheries, 506-457-3549.