Brussels — A delegation of 15 Philippine seafood companies marked another successful participation in the much-anticipated Seafood Expo Global fair held on May 7-9, 2019 in Brussels.
The Seafood Expo is a yearly event, said to be the biggest seafood trade fair in the world, featuring more than 2,007 exhibiting companies from 88 countries this year. The fair reportedly attracted more than 26,000 visitors, including buyers, suppliers and other seafood professionals, from around 150 countries.
The Philippine Embassy in Brussels, headed by Ambassador to Belguim Eduardo José A. de Vega, visited the exhibitors at the Philippine Country Pavilion, which showcased the best of the country’s seafood products.
The 15 companies who participated in the fair included Agri-aquatic Care Enterprises, Inc.; Bluefin Seafood Export, Inc.; Citra Mina Canning Corp.; D & L Seafoods; E.M. Buenaventura Trading; Fisherfarms, Inc.; FRI Seafood Trading; Jam Seafoods, Inc.; Jarla Trading; Jess Aqua Marine Trading, Inc.; J.N. Mercado Seafood Supply; Nuevo Fresco Marine Trading Corp.; Phil-Union Frozen Food, Inc.; RGE Agridev Corporation; and Well-Delight Network, Inc.
Visitors to the pavilion were treated to samples of fresh sushi grade tuna and other seafood produce – all sourced from the rich waters of the Philippines – as well as premium processed seafood products such as frozen bangus belly and fish sausages.
The delegation was brought together by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). BFAR Regional Director Milagros C. Morales said that the Philippines has a lot to offer in terms of seafood produce and products, as well as good opportunities for investment such as in post-harvest facilities.
The Philippines is also fully compliant with European Union market requirements, especially given the active engagement between the Philippine government and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and other relevant EU institutions. The Philippines’ Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) privileges under the EU also make the country’s products more competitive and attractive to European buyers and suppliers.
Ambassador de Vega also hosted a dinner for the delegation to congratulate the Philippine delegation on their successful Seafood Expo participation, which was organized with the Office of the Agricultural Attaché.
“We take pride that our companies have showcased the best of our Philippine seafood, all sourced from the rich waters within and around the Philippine archipelago. Rest assured, we will continue to support our fish and seafood industry,” the Ambassador said.