Alaska eyes Europe and Japan for seafood sales – Fishupdate.com

Alaska eyes Europe and Japan for seafood sales Published:  12 January, 2006

ALASKAN Seafood processors and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), are hoping to increase sales this year at trade shows in Europe and Asia, according to a report in the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Their optimism comes following statistics showing their 2004 efforts sold Japanese buyers 308,825 metric tons of wild Alaska seafood valued at more than $854 million. European buyers participating in ASMI’s program purchased 193,764 metric tons of seafood, valued at more than $455 million, Maggie Beaton, a senior marketing specialist with ASMI reportedly said. Alaska will participate in a number of trade shows in 2006, including the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, Belgium, May 9-11, where ASMI has its own pavilion. ASMI will also participate in Japan’s Super Showcase International Supermarket and Private Label Trade Show March 1-3, the China’s Restaurant and Bar Trade Show May 9-11, and the Japan International Trade Show July 19-21. For this year’s European Seafood Exposition, ASMI 13 firms have signed up to date.

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