Diversified Communications is the organiser of SeaWeb as well as Seafood Expo in Brussels (Check out this post in case you missed it)
The summit brings together global representatives from the seafood industry with leaders from the conservation community, academia, government and the media. The goal of the Summit is to define success and advance solutions in sustainable seafood by fostering dialogue and partnerships that lead to a seafood marketplace that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. (Seafood Summit)
Besides conferences, they also offered other activities as part of their 2016 summit agenda such as work shop on “Social Responsibility in Seafood” and field trips to Marsaxlokk Fish Market in Malta, and Malta Aquaculture Research Centre (MARC).
This year’s summit ran from 31st January till 3rd February, and saw the discussion of Thailand’s IUU issues (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and human trafficking. General Sirichai Distakul, Thailand’s minister of labor told the summit delegates that “We are not here to deny the existence of a deep-rooted problem in our industry.” (Under Current News) It has been reported just yesterday on the 2nd of May that the EU is expected to give Thailand three more months to resolve their IUU issues, after being given a yellow card warning a year ago. (Asiannews.Network)
In contrast, New Zealand ranks among the world’s top five best managed fisheries, according to results presented by Ray Hilborn, who is a professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. New Zealand has been praised for their quota management system, and it is one of the best in the world. (Under Current News) According to New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries, “The QMS helps ensure sustainable utilisation of fisheries resources through the direct control of harvest levels for each species in a nominated geographical area.”
Similarly on a positive note, one of the conferences was led by UC Santa Barbara and the University of Washington and Environmental Defense Fund. “Their collaboration provides the most comprehensive picture to date of the future economic, conservation and societal benefits if sustainable fishing becomes the norm worldwide. Their bio-economic model shows that within 10 years, sustainable management could recover 79% of the world’s fisheries and increase profits in the fishing sector by $51 billion USD (115%) a year compared to today. By 2050, we could see millions of more tons of seafood harvested every year along with significant increases in wild fish populations.” (Seafood Summit)
If you’d like to find out which fish species to avoid, or good to eat, be sure to visit Goodfishguide.org
Security pressure was on full swing for Seafood Expo which was held from 26-28th of April, only a month after the terrorist attacks. HB Grandi, Iceland’s largest fishing company, decided not to take part due to safety concerns. (Press and Journal)
They faced a cancellation rate amongst exhibitors at 5%; and even though some exhibitors pulled out at the last minute, they were still able to maintain the same level as last year’s event. (Fish Update) Nevertheless, the expo tightened up security measures and went ahead with their event which normally attracts 26,000 buyers, suppliers, media, and other seafood professionals from more than 140 countries.
Liz Plizga, Group Vice President for Diversified Communications, organiser of the exposition, says that “The exposition gathers the seafood industry’s decision-makers and purchasers from around the world and both suppliers and buyers anticipate this event all year. A situation like this will have an impact, but exhibitors and buyers recognise the value in having this annual exposition to conduct their business at the global level.” (Seafood Expo)
In 2015, more than 82 percent of surveyed visitors were involved in purchasing decisions, 80 percent planned on buying products or services as a result of attending the event and 86 percent found new products or companies.
An Ahold buyer explains, “As a buyer, this event is important because it gives me the opportunity to meet and speak with my suppliers and get new leads in one place during a limited time. It is also offers a chance to see new trends, innovations and products.”
At this year’s expo, Kagerer & Co. of Munich, Germany and Freshpack of Saint Martin les Boulogne, France won the top prizes in the Seafood Excellence Global awards. The 39 finalists from 15 countries who were competing for the award were judged on taste and overall eating experience, packaging, marketability, convenience, nutritional value, and innovation. The top award for best retail product was given to Kagerer & Co. The winning product was their Dim Sum – Quick ‘n’ Easy, a combination of three types of classic Asian dumplings: Har Gow, Siu Mai, Gyoza – that can be quickly steamed or microwaved and served with their own dipping sauce. (Or dip it in your own soy sauce/ chilli oil)
Freshpack won the grand prize for best HORECA product for its high pressure shelled raw king crab meat. Raw king crab legs are completely extracted from their shells using this technology, then individually vacuum packed and frozen. The product gives the restaurant operator the opportunity to offer dishes with a taste and texture similar to those made with live king crab that has been freshly cooked. The judges commented on the flavor and juiciness of the product and the convenience of the individual leg packs. (PRWeb)
If you’d like to check out the list of finalists and award entrants, click here.
NEC in Birmingham showcased Food and Drink Expo just last week on the 18th-20th of April. It is only a B2B event, which meant I would have to forge a supplier pass in order to see the tricks and secrets of the food and beverage industry. Who knew that farmed salmon is actually grey? And that chicken is given a chlorine bath? (See here)
Unfortunately, I am not as brave as Joanna Blythmann who used a fake ID to get into the Food Ingredients trade show in Frankfurt.
Secrets aside, it’s not all bad news. This year’s Food and Drink Expo saw the success of The Biomaster antibacterial ‘Bag for Life’, which won the Foodex’s Best New Idea award. According to PRW, ‘The Biomaster bag for life contains in-built technology proven to inhibit the growth of dangerous bacteria and help prevent cross-contamination. It inhibits the growth of microbes such as campylobacter, salmonella and listeria.’ On Biomaster’s website, it says that their Bag for Life works by preventing germs on food packaging transferring onto your shopping bag, then your kitchen etc. Their website also state that, ‘A recent Food Standards Agency report found that 7% of the outer packaging of chicken sold in supermarkets also tested positive for Campylobacter.’ At only £2, it’s value for money. (Buy it here)
Nim’s, a Kent based brand has also succeeded in the same award category. Adam Leyler, the editor of The Grocer gave his opinion that “the crisps were a real technical achievement.” According to Nim’s website, their production process ensures that the crisps retain as much nutritional value, and have as much of an authentic taste as non-dried vegetables. This seems to be a great alternative for devoted snackers, or even someone like me who sometimes finds it annoying and boring to eat a big bowl of vegetables for my five-a-day. More so, this is essentially raw vegetables which is even better because so many vitamins are lost from the cooking process. (Buy it here)
Sunshine, music and food (and alcohol) – the ultimate summer combo. It seems so long ago since I was dressed in my warm weather attire while feeling a bit too full, and feeling a bit too drunk.
The weather has not been too great as of yet, but Street Feast at Dalston Yard is set to open again for the summer on the weekend of 29th April to brighten up the end of our typical gloomy English spring.
They have not announced a full list of traders on their website, but they are scheduled to feature 16 traders of different cuisines from all over the world; ranging from Korean to Mexican. They will also have 12 bars – 12!
Gin cocktails from Street Feast 2015
If you’re stuck for ideas on deciding what to eat this weekend, head to Street Feast and take your pick!
5pm to midnight
Free before 7pm, £3 after