World’s Largest Seafood Fair in Brussels, Belgium

By Faye P. Velasco

The Philippines’ participation in the world’s largest seafood fair in Brussels this month will help the country establish itself as a supplier of “world-class quality” fishery products.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that the Philippines made a successful debut at the European Seafood Exposition (ESE) with at least 10 firms in the country’s seafood industry participating.

These include Bluefin Seafood Export Inc.; RDEX Food International Philippines Inc.; Mega Fishing Corp.; FAB Sea Resources Corp.; Well Delight Network Corp.; JARLA Trading; JN Mercado Seafood Supply; MS Seafood Supplier; Nuevo Fresco Marine Trading Corp.; and Jess Aquamarine Traders Inc.

Now on its 19th year, the ESE in Brussels is the world’s largest seafood fair that attracts buyers and sellers from all corners of the globe. The exposition gives countries and seafood companies the chance to promote their export products to global buyers.

It is an annual event that features more than 1,600 exhibitors, representing all categories of seafood products, including fresh, canned, frozen, and value-added seafood.

“Major seafood products that the Philippine delegation promoted included tuna (canned, fresh and frozen fillets), sardines (canned and dried), scad (whole frozen or dried), milkfish (frozen and smoked fillets), whole frozen octopus and squid,” the DFA said.

This is the first time that the Philippines participated in the trade fair.

“[I am confident] the delegates’ participation at ESE will create inroads for Philippine suppliers into the [European Union] market,” he added.

According to the DFA, Philippine Ambassador to Belgium Enrique A. Manalo also held an informal discussion with the Department of Agriculture officials and exporters on how the embassy can help promote Philippine seafood products to the EU market.

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