2013 European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, April 2013.

2013 European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, April 2013.


So welcome to the Seafood Show. The seafood
show in Brussels, the European Seafood Show is the biggest seafood show worldwide. There are approximately 26 thousand visitors
at this show. This show is really a show where you do business
and you sign contracts. As far as the U.S. is concerned, we’ve got
three pavilions representing regions of the U.S.: the Southern United States Trade Association,
representing the South; Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, representing the Northwest; and
Northeast, with Food Export USA. This is the Alaska pavilion, we have over
twenty different companies coexhibiting with us. This is by far our most important event
of the year. In, on average somewhere between 500 and 600 million dollars in sales are generated
over the course of these three days. For us it’s really a chance to kind of meet
again with all of the key people. I work with the Intertribal Agriculture Council.
Our National Headquarters is in Billings, Montana.
I run the American Indian Foods program and I work with Alaska natives from Alaska and
various American Indian tribes from throughout the United States. At the show, you have many U.S. companies
selling different species to the EU and to the rest of the world. You have companies
selling monkfish, mostly from the Northeast, monkfish, scallops, dogfish, as far as the
West, Northwest is concerned, it, it is more Alaskan pollock, salmon, white salmon, of
course. The sustainable seafood that we sell, it really
resonates with people, I mean they know Alaska has been doing this forever and production
from Alaska has all the credibility in the world it could have for being managed the
right way and sustainability, if you think about it, is not just an environmental issue,
it’s a business issue because it’s what we depend on. Maine Lobster was just awarded MSC Certification
of Sustainability at the Boston Show in March and so we’re really excited to bring Main
Lobster and bring MSC Certification to the European Market because we know it’s a really
big thing here in Europe. As far as the South is concerned, it’s mostly
shrimp and other ground fish products. We also have a NOAA booth. NOAA is the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and we’ve got a fisheries branch and our role
is to help facilitate trade between the U.S. and the EU in terms of seafood. We do good business through most of the EU…One
product form or another, whether it’s canned salmon or frozen or cod or what amount it
is, but we have a good relationship almost through the whole EU. What comes out of this show in terms of trade,
consignments and shipments coming from the U.S. to the EU, we think it’s going to be
a very good show this year.

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