Visitors wait to enter the Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global trade show in Barcelona last year. This year's event will have more exhibition space than ever before.

This year’s Seafood Expo Global will be biggest ever

Organiser passes exhibition space sales record with several weeks still to go before Barcelona event


This year’s edition of the world’s biggest seafood trade show, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, will be the largest ever, US-based organiser Diversified Communications said today.

With several weeks to go until the event, which will be held in Barcelona from 25-27 April, Diversified has already sold more than 49,000 net square metres of exhibit space, which is 20% more than in 2019, the largest edition of the Expo held to date, and 23% larger than its first edition held in Barcelona last year.

To date, exhibitors from 80 countries have confirmed their presence at the trade show, and there will be at least 66 regional and country pavilions, including one accommodating Scotland’s farmed and wild-caught seafood sector, at the event which is being held in the Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue.

New companies and larger stands

“We are excited to see the industry’s growing interest in taking part in our global event, and this year’s edition promises to be the largest one ever,” said Liz Plizga, group vice president at Diversified Communications.

“The growth of the event is mostly attributed to an increase in the number of new participating companies and to exhibiting companies and pavilions returning with larger stand spaces.”

Salmon farmer Loch Duart's stand was part of the Seafood from Scotland pavilion at Barcelona last year.

New exhibiting countries that were not represented in 2022 include Austria, Barbados, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Gambia, Moldova, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Seychelles.

Returning pavilions with significant change in size include China, Spanish regions of Catalan and Galicia, Portugal and Netherlands for Seafood Expo Global and Norway for Seafood Processing Global.

Companies exhibiting for the first time include Chilean salmon farmer Blumar.

Bigger Processing Hall

This year’s edition, which will be the event’s 29th, will feature an expanded Seafood Processing Global Hall with an increase of more than 20% in square metres of exhibit space compared to 2022. Seafood Expo Processing focuses on all aspects of seafood processing including packaging materials and machinery, refrigeration and freezing equipment and supplies, systems for primary and secondary processing, hygiene control and sanitation and quality assurance services.

The first edition in Barcelona in 2022 attracted 26,703 industry professionals and 1,556 exhibiting companies from 77 countries occupying 39,847 square metres of sold exhibit space.