September date set for Seafood Expo North America
A new date has been announced for the postponed Seafood Expo North America (SENA), which had been due to take place in Boston in March.
The expo will take place at the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center in September, with an exhibit hall open on September 23 and 24, and a conference program that will start on September 22.
The event’s organiser, Diversified Communications, said the seafood industry and community, along with the rest of the world, had been experiencing tumultuous, emotionally and economically challenging times because of the Covid-19 epidemic.
‘Not like other years’
“While navigating this unprecedented situation, we know there is a need for business continuity and are committed to providing a platform that will bring back together the industry suppliers and buyers who, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, were prevented from meeting in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Liz Plizga, Diversified’s group vice president.
“It is fair to say that this year’s event will not be like any other years,” added Plizga. “However, the Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America team is dedicated to delivering a high-quality event and services that are as similar as possible to what our customers have come to expect over the years.”
Diversified said the September dates were carefully chosen in consideration of the recent escalating situation with Covid-19, the venue availability, as well as feedback from customers and high-volume retail and foodservice key buyers from North America.
Diversified also organises Seafood Expo Global, which had been due to take place in Brussels this month but was postponed in early March. No new date has yet been set for the event, which is the world’s biggest seafood exhibition.
The company’s UK subsidiary recently bought the rights to Aquaculture UK, which had been due to take place in May. The Aviemore event has been rearranged for September 15-17.