March 8, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Companies from across New Brunswick will travel to Boston, Mass., next week to attend the 2005 International Boston Seafood Show.
The annual event will take place March 13-15 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister David Alward will lead a delegation of eight companies showcasing their products and services in the New Brunswick Pavilion. Premier Bernard Lord will also attend a reception for New Brunswick companies March 13.
"The Boston show is an opportunity to showcase our province's leaders in the industry and celebrate their success," Alward said.
Fuelled by exports of fish and seafood, the New Brunswick commercial fisheries and aquaculture sectors are key contributors to the provincial economy, he said.
"New Brunswick was a valuable exporter of fish and seafood products in 2003, at $794.5 million. The province has also earned a well-established reputation as the aquaculture leader in Atlantic Canada."
This year, the New Brunswick exhibitors will be part of a larger Atlantic Canada Pavilion showcasing products and companies from all four provinces.
"This is the first year we have combined forces in this way," Alward said. "I believe it is important to highlight the individual strengths of each province, but we recognize that by exhibiting our strength as a region, we can create a bigger presence in major North American centres."
The exhibiting New Brunswick companies include six fish and seafood processors: Barry Group Inc., of Grand Barachois; L'Étang Ruisseau Bar, of Shippigan; Maison Beausoleil, of Néguac; Ocean Legacy Inc., of L'Etang; and True North Salmon Company Ltd. and Stolt Sea Farm Inc. of St. George.
Equipment manufacturing companies attending the show include Downeast Plastics Ltd., of Cap-Pelé, and Chem-Tech Systems Inc., of Moncton.
Business New Brunswick will also have a display in the pavilion, and members of the department will promote the province and its seafood industry to the thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the three-day event.
Other New Brunswick companies will be hosting their own booths at the show, including Heritage Salmon of Blacks Harbour and Saeplast Canada Ltd. of Saint John.
Many provincial fish processors and fishermen will be attending the show to better acquaint themselves with the world marketplace trends while establishing or renewing industry contacts.
This is the 23rd annual International Boston Seafood Show, considered to be the premier seafood trade show in North America. Exhibitors from 50 different countries will attend the event. Visitors will include buyers from leading restaurants, hotels, resorts, institutions, seafood markets and supermarkets, as well as distributors/wholesalers, processors, importers, exporters, brokers and traders. Organizers estimate that almost 70 per cent of visitors will go on to purchase products or services as a result of attending the show.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Minister Alward and exhibitors attending the International Boston Seafood Show will be available for interviews from Boston during the event. To obtain interviews, media representatives should contact Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Business New Brunswick, at 506-444-4983.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-470-1516; Danielle McFarlane, communications, Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.