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18/10/2017: Fish international trade fair celebrates 30 years in 2018

Germany's most important fish industry event is coming up once again

From Sunday 25 to Tuesday 27 February 2018, fish processors and fishmongers, canteen operators, restaurateurs and food retailers will converge on the Bremen Messe exhibition halls for the fish international.

"It's going to be an exciting trade fair, the exhibitor response is already great" says long-time Project Manager of the fish international, Sabine Wedell.

"We're looking forward to celebrating our 30th birthday with the industry."

In 2016, some 11,700 visitors came to the fish international. They also took a look at two further events: the GASTRO IVENT with ideas and solutions for the gastronomy industry in North-West Germany, and the trade show of Fleischer-Einkauf AG
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The event started in 1988 with more than 100 exhibitors inspired by the initiative of fishmonger Peter Koch-Bodes. Some of those first exhibitors are still on board 30 years later – for instance Dutch company Parlevliet & van der Plas.

But many of the 300 companies now represented will be there for the first time. For example a Croatian company will unveil a type of smoked and marinated sea bass new to the market. A British company is the first of its kind to receive an animal welfare label for its salmon farm.

Altogether, 40 percent of the exhibitors come from abroad. A strong presence apart from Dutch companies are exhibitors from Denmark.

"We're delighted about the growing interest in Eastern Europe," says Sabine Wedell.

Evidence of this is provided by a large number of Polish companies, plus participants from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. At the stands, the trade public can find out about new products, talk shop and make new contacts.

The trade fair also presents a range of special highlights.

In the "Smoke House", it's all about new preparation ideas for fish and its role in nutrition concepts such as the low-carb diet. According to plans, visitors will be able to try "Poké Bowls" colourfully mixed sushi bowls with a Hawaiian twist.

Once again, the aquaculture area will be even larger, showcasing equipment for conventional breeding as well as fish production in recirculation systems. A symposium will include individual modules tackling salmonid and shrimp cultivation, animal welfare and best-practice examples of closed recirculation systems.

A traditional highlight since the very first trade fair is the "Trawl Party" on Sunday night with music, dancing, good food and plenty of opportunity to chat. Before that, respected trade journal FischMagazine will once again award its Seafood Star for outstanding ideas, e.g. in retailing. "There will also be a premiere," says Sabine Wedell.

"On Monday afternoon, the first fish sommeliers will receive this new distinction"

It's a qualification that raises the holders to the top of the game: The title goes to participants – including fishmongers, purchasers and restaurateurs – who have completed a course of 50 hours of theory and practice and passed an exam before the Chamber of Commerce.

Sabine Wedell sums up the concept as "One ticket - three trade fairs". In Hall 4 visitors can take a look around the Fleischer-Einkauf AG trade show. In Hall 6 and for the first time also in Hall 7, the third GASTRO IVENT provides ideas and solutions for the gastronomy industry in North-West Germany.

Special areas of interest here are the "Coffee Style" with the latest coffee trends and "Crafted", dedicated to craft products.

Visitors can also discover high-end food and beverages, kitchen equipment, cash register systems and much more.

Visit the Fish International website, HERE.

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