7 May 2013
Chandler, May 7TH , 2013 – From April 23rd to 25th, GÎMXPORT accompanied a delegation from the Fishing Industry of Gaspe and the North Shore at the European Seafood Exhibition, one of the world’s largest seafood trade fairs. As part of this event, GIMXPORT organized a trade mission and accompanied several companies from the seafood industry.
The organization and companies that attended were:
– M. Bill Sheehan, Dégust-Mer
– M. Martin Lapierre, Crustacés de Malbaie et La Crevette du Nord Atlantique Inc.
– Mme Rachel Tardif, Gaspé Cured
– Mme Dawn Murray, Les Producteurs/Pêcheurs du Sud de la Gaspésie
– M. Maxime Smith, Unipêche MDM
– Mme Priscilla Doiron, GÎMXPORT
– Mme Pascale Allain, GÎMXPORT
Whether it is for market diversification, to renew orders with existing customers and suppliers, to compare products and prices, to discover the newest technologies and industry trends, participation at this trade show is a business opportunity that could not be missed.
During the trade fair, GIMXPORT’s mandate was to support the local seafood industry as part of their marketing efforts on North American, European and Asian markets. A booth was setup to promote Gaspesien lobster by representing companies and their products and to accommodate their current and potential customers.
Fumoir Monsieur Émile, from Percé, also attended as a visitor. It is thanks to the collaboration of the CLD of the Rocher-Percé that company representatives were able to participate at the European Seafood Exhibition, with the goal of meeting equipment suppliers and learning about new trends in salmon processing.
In addition, the delegation had the opportunity to meet the Quebec Delegate General in Brussels, Ms. Emond. Several projects were discussed, including organizing a networking event with buyers for 2014, in order to promote fish and seafood from Quebec.
The delegation also met with the Ambassador of Canada to the European Union, David Plunkett. Important points concerning advances in terms of customs cooperation between Canada and the European Union were discussed.
It should be noted that this edition of the European Seafood Exhibition was marked by uncertainty in global markets. The economic crisis in Europe made it difficult to predict the impact on this year’s event. A marked reduction in visitors at the Gaspé booth was noted at this year’s edition.
This mission and its entire process were possible thanks to the financial support and collaboration of Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), the Quebec Minister of Finance and the Economy (MFE), the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and Agri-Food Export Group.