Icelandic firm withdraws from Brussels show

THE big Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi has pulled out from the Brussels seafood exhibition, now called Seafood Expo Global 2016, following last week’s terrorist bombings in the Belgian capital.
HB Grandi, which is both a significant trawling and fish processing operation, had planned to send up to 27 employees to the show, which is arguably the largest of its kind in the world. It said it had placed great emphasis on taking part at the show which it had increasingly supported in recent years.
The company explained in a statement: ‘The main purpose of participation in the exhibition is to introduce buyers to the products the company has to offer and promote products and interact with buyers from all over the world.
‘But after careful consideration, the management believes there is no justification for sending employees to Brussels this time where it is uncertain whether it will be possible to ensure their safety in a satisfactory manner following the recent terrorist attacks in the city.’
The statement added: ‘It is also likely that such a trip could cause our employees and their families discomfort and anxiety.
‘HB Grandi is in contact with its buyers around the world and will strengthen these relations by means other than attendance at Brussels this year.’
Other seafood companies, including a number in the United States, are also considering their position.
However, the organisers of the expo have assured visitors and exhibitors that security measures are being tightened up with more stringent checks and the event made as safe as possible.