On September 25 and 26, 2019, the first Canadian Seafood Show was held at Place Bonaventure in Montreal. It providedexhibitors and visitors alike with a friendly, welcoming environment. This first edition had 35 exhibitors who each hadthe opportunity to take their time to engage with them. What emerges first and foremost from these 2 days of exhibition is the quality of the exchanges between exhibitors and buyers. The big names in distribution came in large numbers, which is very encouraging for future editions. More than 80% of the exhibitors present this year say they want to come back next year because they liked the serenity of the event, the quality of the meetings held during the exhibition but also the presence on the floor of the members of the Canadian Seafood Show.
The attention offered by our team and their presence during the 2 days, full time on the floor, really made the difference because the exhibitors felt accompanied. Our goal is and will always remain to provide proper and satisfactory service to all exhibitors. We are proud to make it a point to be well acquainted with all our exhibitors and to ensure that we respond to their requests by knowing their needs. In addition to being the first Canadian show, we wanted an eco-responsible, social and human dimension event. The success of our event highlights the need for participants to look beyond the models they are used to.
The Canadian Seafood Show is also a solidarity show, which is why we would like to thank, once again, the exhibitors who have agreed to donate food that has not been consumed. This initiative has a twofold benefit: first, it offers an extraordinary meal to people who need it, but it also avoids food waste.
Who exhibited at the 2019 Canadian Seafood Show?
During this first edition, 35 exhibitors were present (Aliment 4 FC, Adam Seafood, Alliance Seafood Inc., Aqua Production Systems, Aqua Treasure, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Aquamar, Atlantic Aqua Farms, Bayshore Lobster Ltd., By The Water Shellfish (2012) Inc, Caleta Bay, Dragon Link, Étiquettes IBC Labels Inc., Ferro Import Export, Gouvernement PEI, Hilo Fish, Hunter Marine Food, Innoa Solutions, Les Fruits de Mer Frandon Seafoods, Lizotte Machine Vision, Lobster PEI, Maison BeauSoleil, Marazul Classic, Marine Stewardship Council, Matorka ehf, Ocean Wise, Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association, PEI Aqua Farms, Raspberry Point Oyster, Reiser Canada, Royal Star Foods Ltd, Sogelco International, The Great Little Harbour, Valka).
Exhibitors presented their products to primarily North American buyers, including restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, catering services, importers, exporters, distributors, wholesalers, seafood markets and other retail and food service companies.
Prince Edward Island, guest of honour at the first Canadian Seafood Show
The Honourable Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities and Jenny Viotte, Founder of the Canadian Seafood show
The entire Canadian Seafood Show team is proud to have had the magnificent Canadian province of Prince Edward Island as our first guest of honour. The Honourable Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities, gave us a wonderful speech during which he highlighted all the riches of his province. The Honourable Matthew MacKay, Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture and Bob Creed, MP attached to the Minister of Fisheries and Communities, graced us with their presence.
Exhibitors from Prince Edward Island sponsored the excellent hors d’oeuvres that were served at the 5@7 event celebrating their province. Thanks to TNT Tuna, Atlantic Aqua Farms, Prince Edward Aqua Farms, Raspberry Point, By the Water Shellfish and Royal Star Foods for delighting our taste buds!