Seafood Expo North America, one of the leading events for the industry, has been cancelled because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The event, due to be held in Boston, Massachusetts in July, had already been postponed from March this year.
The next Seafood Expo in the US, which combines with Seafood Processing North America, is due to take place over 13-15 March 2022 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Diversified Communications, which organises the event, said that it had reluctantly determined that it would be impossible to stage the expo this summer given the health concerns.
Liz Plizga, Group Vice President, Diversified Communications, said: “We were determined to host an in-person event for our seafood community and have worked diligently over the past several months seeking a way to safely make the July 2021 edition happen. However, current COVID restrictions limiting the capacity of indoor venues and the state of the reopening plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as related to convention facilities, have recently made it evident that we cannot move forward with planning an event like ours.”
The company said that conversations with customers, including high-volume buyers in retail and foodservice, have confirmed they will be ready to meet in-person in 2022. Diversified said: “Buyers have expressed the importance and unique value of meeting face to face in maintaining current relationships and finding new products and suppliers at the event.”
Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, the world’s largest seafood event, also produced by Diversified Communications, is still scheduled to take place this year in Barcelona, Spain, on 7-9 September, 2021.