"Fish International"

A trend indicator for the fishing industry

The interest of exporters from Denmark in being able to present internationally at fish is growing.
M3B GmbH/Oliver Saul
The interest of exporters from Denmark in being able to present internationally at fish is growing.

After two years, the "Fish International" trade fair is to be held again as a real meeting at the beginning of 2022. In parallel, the "Gastro Ivent" will provide a forum for the latest developments in gastronomy, catering, communal catering and the hotel industry. Great interest in the real meeting Comprehensive market overview

The Messe Bremen (Bremen Trade Fair) will once again become the meeting place for the German and European fishing industry with the show "Fish International" at the beginning of 2022. From Sunday, 13 to Tuesday, 15 February 2022, trend topics such as aquaculture and sustainability will be on the agenda, as will news from producers, traders as well as gastronomy and bulk consumers.

Parallel to the only German trade fair for fish and seafood, Messe Bremen offers the northern German hospitality industry a forum for the latest developments in gastronomy, catering, communal catering and the hotel industry with Gastro Ivent.

Every two years, "Fish International" reflects the current topics in the fishing industry at home and abroad. Currently, the focus is on various aspects of sustainability increasingly with an emphasis on climate protection. "This topic is relevant along the entire chain from raw material procurement to production and trade to the end consumer," emphasises Messe Bremen Project Manager Sabine Wedell.

Climate-friendly production

Many companies are already demonstrating practicable approaches to reducing their CO2 emissions: "Anyone who is still faced with unresolved issues in their business is sure to find information and potential partners for further action at our show," Wedell is convinced.

Another major topic for the future is closed-loop technologies in aquaculture. The "Fish International" therefore focuses on land-based plants with the necessary technologies. Recirculation systems are regarded as an important instrument for sustainable raw material production, but they must be well thought out and require even greater acceptance by politicians and approval authorities.

Messe Bremen has integrated the forum with discussion rounds and lectures into the exhibition hall: "In this way, we not only want to create short distances for the participants in the specialist forums, but also emphasise the importance of the topics of the future," says Sabine Wedell. The project manager counts the development of vegan alternatives to fish products with the help of plant-based proteins among the other challenges facing the industry: "Even if fish and seafood continue to be our core competence, we must proactively engage with the development of complementary plant-based products."

Because most members of the maritime industry, which is characterised by personal relationships, have only been able to meet virtually since "fish international 2020", there is great interest in the first real exchange of ideas. Already five months before the start of the trade fair, more than 70 percent of the stand spaces have been allocated. "We sense a clear optimism in the industry," says Wedell. The importance of "Fish International", which has developed over more than 30 years, has grown once again for 2022, he adds. The most important European counterpart, Seafood Expo Global, will finally move from Brussels to Barcelona next year: "The fishing industry from the Scandinavian countries and eastern Europe, among others, is already increasingly looking to Bremen," the project manager is pleased to report.

New exhibitors won

Numerous new registrations speak for the further increased interest in the live professional exchange, such as from Pickenpack Seafoods. The expert for private label frozen products is one of the most important partners of food retailers and out-of-home suppliers as well as a wide range of bulk consumers. The spectrum of new exhibitors ranges from wholesalers such as Zeelandia van Belzen and importers such as H&F Handelskontor and Asia specialist E.W.A. Wessendorf to young companies such as 68° Noord King Crabs, which imports king crabs from Norway, among other things.

The exhibitor list also shows the weight of the future themes of "Fish International": companies such as Fresh Völklingen from Saarland, Kingfish Zeeland from the Netherlands and HanseGarnelen from Glückstadt/Schleswig-Holstein will be presenting their marine delicacies grown in land-based facilities and reporting on their experiences with sustainable production in aquacultures.

The Bremen fish fair is also meeting with growing interest abroad: new exhibitors include salmon farmers Empreseas Aqua Chile and Seaborn, as well as the association of companies from the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick, which specialise in the export of lobster, oysters, snow crabs, shrimps and salmon. Turkey is well represented with farming and processing companies such as Abalioglu Su Ulunleri Gida Tarim (dorado, sea bass, trout to meagre), or aquaculture producers. For example, Vasg Composites and Fatih Polyester near Izmir produce tanks and containers made of glass-fibre reinforced plastic; Arde Makine from Bursa offers its own sorting solutions for fish and frozen products.

As usual, numerous companies will be presenting themselves on joint stands in their home region, which is dominated by the fishing industry. Traditionally, this group of exhibitors includes companies and institutions from Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven. Fishing nations such as Denmark and the Netherlands will also be present at "Fish International" with national pavilions. "This makes our trade fair the perfect place to gain an overview of the market, make new personal contacts and deepen personal relationships," Sabine Wedell is pleased to say.

Parallel to "Fish International", Messe Bremen organises "Gastro Ivent", the trade fair for gastronomy, catering and bulk consumers in northwest Germany. The proximity to the fishing industry has long since proven its worth: Marine delicacies have been enjoying growing popularity in restaurants, at events and in commercial kitchens for years.

Thanks to a careful hygiene concept, both fairs will hardly differ from the events before the pandemic. Developed in close cooperation with the health authorities in Bremen, the concept is constantly being adapted to the current pandemic situation. "Exhibitors and visitors can rely on us to take the best measures to protect their health in the halls of Bremen Messe," affirms Claudia Nötzelmann, the division manager responsible for Messe Bremen's trade fairs.