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Exhibition Serves Up Special Events for Seafood Professionals

For the first time this year, Seafood Expo Asia will deliver a dedicated programme for chefs.

HONG KONG, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With just two weeks to go, Seafood Expo Asia has confirmed its line-up of special events for seafood professionals planning to attend this year's trade show taking place on September 2-4, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For 2014, visitors can capitalize on an increased opportunity to expand their seafood knowledge, gastronomic skills and business networks through an ambitious schedule of events that includes a Master Class Series, culinary demonstrations, presentations and a competition for chefs, seminars on timely topics affecting the seafood industry, as well as a New Product Showcase.

"With over 14,000 food establishment and restaurants, Hong Kong is a dynamic culinary capital known for its diverse, high quality dining options and where people are passionate about their food," comments Ms. Terri Tsang, Show Director at Diversified Communications, the producers of Seafood Expo Asia.

According to Ms. Tsang, the increasing popularity of seafood on hotel and restaurant menus driven by rising middle-class incomes and an increasing desire for premium products, has prompted the exhibition to introduce for the first time a series of programmes exclusively designed for chefs.

On Day 1 of the event, the exposition's producers in partnership with the Hong Kong Chefs Association will host Culinary Congress: Seafood of the World, whereby visiting chefs can network with peers while watching six culinary talents prepare a wide selection of the finest products from around the world. The audience will be asked to sample the dishes and vote for their favorite seafood preparation.

"We wish to enhance the experience for chefs by providing them with more opportunities to better understand the taste and quality of various species, seafood preparation techniques and new products from around the world," states Ms. Tsang whilst noting that a key benefit of attending the expo is the opportunity it provides for sourcing new products which both chefs and others in the food service industry can introduce to their respective establishments.

With the event serving to highlight the important role fish and seafood plays in world cuisine, a top attraction not only for chefs but all visitors to the show is Seafood Expo Asia's Master Class Series.  These educational classes are presented by industry experts to help attendees gain an appreciation of how to source, select, handle, prepare and plate different seafood varieties.

As an effective platform for promoting quality seafood from all over the world, this year's Master Class Series will include a special focus on Mediterranean Sea Bass and Sea Bream where esteemed experts from Greece will take to the stage to share best practices in the sourcing, selection and preparation of these popular species. Presenters from Australia will give attendees a deep dive into wild abalone, alpine trout, and king fish. Organizers of the Canadian pavilion will also showcase an assortment of products native to Canada, including sea urchin, organic mussels, and oysters.

Another show feature already generating a wealth of visitor interest is the exposition's upcoming session on sustainability. With the ocean's health and future of the industry dependent on responsibly caught and farmed seafood, specialists from across the region will partake in a Sustainability Panel to discuss the latest updates and trends in sustainable fishing.

The Sustainability Panel will be immediately followed by an announcement on the finalists of the 2014 Seafood Champion Awards for those in the industry who are being recognized for their exceptional efforts and outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood.

In addition, a further important theme being explored as part of Seafood Asia Expo's knowledge-sharing series is a topic entitled 'Entry to Asia.'  This particular seminar will address questions around the Asian seafood market with a view to providing delegates with a better understanding of how to enter, launch and market their products in the region, including valuable insight on transporting goods from point of source to their final regional destinations.

Visitors to Seafood Expo Asia are additionally invited to visit the trade show's New Product Showcase which will display the latest packaged seafood products, culinary dishes and condiments recently launched in the Asian seafood marketplace. For 2014, over 70 new products will be launched during the three-day event.

"Seafood Expo Asia offers a unique experience for professional buyers and chefs to touch, taste and handle new products and to meet new and existing suppliers," concludes Ms. Tsang. "Visitors will be treated to the newest, finest fish and seafood from different regions of the world."

Co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific's leading fine dining and bar exhibition, Seafood Expo Asia is free to attend for qualified trade visitors in the seafood industry. To register, please visit http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia/reg.

A full schedule of events with dates, timings and details is outlined below:

TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2014   (Exposition hours: 10:00-18:00)

  • 10:00-18:00      New Product Showcase: Discover the latest seafood products launching in Asia
  • 10:15-11:15      Lion Dance: Follow the customary lion dance through the exhibit floor
  • 12:30-13:10      Master Class: Wild Abalone (Australia)
  • 14:30-17:00      Culinary Congress: Seafood of the World, exclusive to chefs, exhibitors and media
  • 17:00-18:00      Welcome Reception: Celebrate with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (open to all) 

WEDNESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2014   (Exposition hours: 10:00-18:00)

  • 10:00-18:00      New Product Showcase: Discover the latest seafood products launching in Asia
  • 10:30-11:15      Sustainability Panel: Get up to speed with the latest trends on sustainable seafood
  • 11:15-11:45      Seafood Champion Awards Finalists Announced: Meet the selected finalists
  • 12:30-13:10      Master Class: Alpine Trout & King Fish (Australia)
  • 14:00-14:40      Master Class: Mediterranean Sea Bass and Sea Bream (Greece)
  • 15:30-16:30      Master Class: Sea Urchin, Oysters, and Organic Mussels (Canada)

THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2014   (Exposition hours: 10:00-17:00)

  • 10:00-17:00      New Product Showcase: Discover the latest seafood products launching in Asia
  • 10:30-12:00      Entry to Asia: Learn how to enter the Asian seafood market

About Seafood Expo Asia

Formerly called the Asian Seafood Exposition, Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Hong Kong and Asia Pacific markets.  The event's fifth edition is scheduled to take place from September 2-4, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition's official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong.  http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia

About Diversified Communications

Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified Communications provides information and market access through face-to-face events, publications, and eMedia. Diversified Communications serves several industries, including seafood, food service, natural and organic, commercial marine, healthcare, and business management. The company's global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia, Seafood Expo Southern Europe, and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world's premier seafood conference on sustainability. The company operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK, and Canada. http://www.divcom.com

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Vietstock and Vietmeat 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support from CP Vietnam and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CP Vietnam Corporation, a major feed, livestock and meat producer in Vietnam, will participate in the Vietstock and Vietmeat 2014 Expo & Forum to share their experiences with other meat processors in the country and how the company maintains the high standards of quality and safety of its meat products from farm to table.

Mr. Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, President of CP Vietnam
Mr. Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, President of CP Vietnam
Dr Vu Tien Loc (second from left) posts with UBM Asia's team during a meeting at VCCI in Hanoi.
Dr Vu Tien Loc (second from left) posts with UBM Asia's team during a meeting at VCCI in Hanoi.
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
VIETSTOCK AND VIETMEAT 2014 Expo & Forum Gains Strong Support From CP Vietnam And The Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)

Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, President of CP Vietnam, said he would appoint a senior executive of the company to speak on this topic at a meat conference to be held at the event. 

"Meat processors in Vietnam should collaborate with each other in order to set strong standards on quality and safety to ensure consumers are confident in our products. As we've been in the meat processing business for a long time, we'd like to share our experiences with our friends in the industry," he said.

Fully integrated, CP Vietnam operates from grain planting to feed milling, livestock farming, meat processing and retailing.

"A main goal of our business in Vietnam is to support livestock farmers. Therefore, we will continue to expand our farming business and produce safe and quality meat products for the nation," said Mr. Sooksunt.

He said CP Vietnam is also willing to be a business partner with fellow meat processors in Vietnam as a supplier of raw materials for them.

"Our farmers implement strict standards on food safety and we process their chickens with the state-of-the-art technology. So, we can ensure that you'll consistently get raw meat that is safe and of high quality for further processing," he said.

Mr. Sooksunt said meat processors in Vietnam should have a forum to discuss and tackle issues that could pose threats to the country's meat processing industry.

He said the opening of markets among ASEAN nations under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 could result in massive imports of meat products into Vietnam and seriously affect the local meat processing industry.

"It's a good idea that meat processors in Vietnam set up an association of their own. The Vietmeat forum would be a good place to discuss on this issue and I'm glad to host the discussion by myself," said Mr. Sooksunt. 

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) also agreed to support the Vietnam meat processing industry forum that will be held during Vietstock 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Dr. Vu Tien Loc, VCCI's Chairman and President, said Vietnam is a huge market for processed meat products. The forum, which will bring together CEOs of key meat processors in the country, will be a starting point for the industry to collaborate in developing their products and markets in the future.

Vietmeat is a one-stop forum focusing on the needs of the meat industry - from production, processing and packaging, right to the plate.

Organised by UBM Asia, the Vietmeat forum makes its debut in 2014 and will be co-located with Vietstock 2014 - Vietnam's Premier International Feed, Livestock and Meat Industry Show. The events will be held from 15-17 October, 2014 at the Saigon Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Don't miss the Vietstock & Vietmeat 2014 Expo & Forum. REGISTER TO VISIT TODAY at www.vietstock.org.

Notes to the Editor

About UBM Asia in ASEAN (www.ubmasean.com)

In ASEAN, we serve 13 market sectors with wholly-owned subsidiary companies and JV companies in seven offices in the major cities in ASEAN, including Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. We provide over 60 products in various categories: trade fairs, conferences and publications. As the leading B2B event organiser in the region, we are the largest exhibition organiser in Malaysia.

Our products serve tens of thousands of exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers, subscribers and corporations in the region and from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events and quality conference programmes presented by top-notch industry leaders. We have over 130 staff in six countries.

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Seafood Expo Asia Set to Showcase Exciting New Products from Around the World

New Product Showcase to present a first-hand look at the latest seafood products, culinary dishes and condiments that are about to hit the region.

HONG KONG, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Seafood Expo Asia today announced that it will showcase over 70 new innovative brands and product lines when the annual exposition returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for its fifth edition from 2-4 September 2014.

Serving as one of the highlights of the show, the items will be displayed as part of the event's popular New Product Showcase, a dedicated area on the exhibit floor featuring the latest seafood innovations, culinary dishes and condiments that are soon to be introduced to the market in Asia.

With many launches timed specifically to coincide with the event, Seafood Expo Asia's Show Director, Ms. Terri Tsang expresses that the New Product Showcase is a must-see fixture where decision makers and buyers can enjoy an exclusive preview of 'what is hot' and 'what is new,' whilst gaining a valuable insight into international product introductions.

"The New Product Showcase provides an excellent opportunity for companies from around the world to effectively present and market their new seafood products," states Ms. Tsang whilst remarking that the exhibition has over the years launched and promoted hundreds of new international seafood items to the industry.

Ms. Tsang reiterates that for 2014, there will continue to be a special spotlight on premium species which is a reflection of the region's healthy appetite for higher value seafood. The following is an exclusive preview of some of the new seafood products being introduced this year.

Live Southern Rock Lobster   (Ferguson Australia)
The Southern Rock Lobster is regarded as one of the highest quality and premium lobsters available in the world today. Its high percentage of meat recovery (meat to shell ratio) and longer growing period in the cold waters of the Southern Ocean ensures a firm texture and an exquisite sweet flavour.

Live Pacific Oysters   (Ferguson Australia)
The Pacific Oysters from South Australia are grown in some of the most pristine and unpolluted waters in the world delivering a natural product of the highest quality.

Sashimi Grade Japanese Sea Scallops   (Kanbe Company Limited)
These fresh, sashimi grade scallops are harvested from the northern seas surrounding Hokkaido, Japan. Shucked and frozen, these succulent, sweet scallops are extremely versatile and ideally suited to a variety of different cooking styles.

Frozen South Africa Wild Abalone   (Seafoodpex Limited)
Harvested in the waters off South Africa, these wild abalone are immediately processed, frozen and packaged to preserve their freshness and quality.

Prime-Cut Hokkigai   (Lian Ruey Enterprise Company Limited)
Praised for its natural sweetness, these wild-caught, frozen-at-sea hokkigai originating from Canada but processed in Taiwan, makes for a perfect sushi-top, cold dish or shabu-shabu.

Raw Shrimp, Peeled with Tail   (Schooner Company Limited Japan)
Originating from the clean waters of the North Atlantic around Greenland and Canada, these tail-on shrimps are great as a sushi-topping or sashimi, as well as for appetizers, hot meals, salads and prawn cocktails.

Frozen Prepared Eel   (Ping Roun Products Company Limited)
Tender and tasty, these pre-cooked, frozen Japanese eels are steamed, marinated and roasted to deliver a truly delicious delicacy.

Premium Sandfish Sea Cucumber
(William Koo Sea Product Processing Factory)
The 'ginseng of the sea', the sea cucumber has been used in cooking for over 1,000 years. It is a delicacy known to yield many medicinal qualities and health benefits.

To view a complete listing of the seafood products that will be featured in this year's New Product Showcase, please visit http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia/en/expo-highlights/new-product-showcase.

About Seafood Expo Asia

Formerly called the Asian Seafood Exposition, Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Hong Kong and Asia Pacific markets.  The event's fifth edition is scheduled to take place from September 2-4, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition's official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong.  http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia


About Diversified Communications

Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified Communications provides information and market access through face-to-face events, publications, and eMedia. Diversified Communications serves several industries, including seafood, food service, natural and organic, commercial marine, healthcare, and business management. The company's global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia, Seafood Expo Southern Europe, and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world's premier seafood conference on sustainability. The company operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK, and Canada. http://www.divcom.com

 

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