Portland, Maine-based Diversified Communications, organizer of the annual Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, says it is canceling the 2020 edition of the expo due to ongoing health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The expo was to have been held Sept. 22-24 in Boston, Massachusetts.
“It is with great disappointment that we have to bring the news to our seafood community that we will not be able to meet in person in 2020,” said Liz Plizga, group VP of Diversified Communications.
Despite some re-opening measures nationally and locally, there are still far too many uncertainties about the impact COVID-19 will have on travel and mass gatherings this September.
The Seafood Expo North America team will reach out to customers to answer questions about the cancellation of the 2020 edition and discuss opportunities to continue to build business and reconnect with seafood buying communities going forward and for the 2021 edition.
The 2021 edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, which will take place March 14-16 in Boston, is already off to a strong start with an 82 percent renewal rate.
“We thank everyone in the industry, our vendors and partners for their continued support while navigating these difficult times,” Plizga said. “We are determined to provide a valuable and safe business platform for the industry, and we look forward to bringing the seafood community back together next year in Boston.”
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The event is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exhibition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. The exposition is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute.