Boston Seafood Show (Seafood Expo North America) 2021
April 6, 2021 – Diversified Communications has canceled the 2021 Boston Seafood Show. However they have set dates for 2022. Please see the following letter.
Dear Seafood Community,
In light of ongoing public health concerns caused by the pandemic, Diversified Communications, organizer of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, has reluctantly determined it would be impossible to hold an event in Boston this July.
The 2021 edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, originally scheduled to take place March 14-16, was postponed to July 11-13, 2021. We were determined to host an in-person event for our seafood community and have worked diligently over the past several months seeking a way to safely make the July 2021 edition happen. However, current COVID restrictions limiting the capacity of indoor venues and the state of the reopening plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as related to Convention facilities, have recently made it evident that we cannot move forward with planning an event like ours.
The 2022 edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America will proceed as scheduled on March 13-15, 2022 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA. Conversations with our suppliers and buyers have confirmed they will be ready to meet in-person in 2022. Buyers have expressed the importance and unique value of meeting face to face in maintaining current relationships and finding new products and suppliers at the event.
We recognize that business continuity is important to our seafood community, and until we meet again in-person in Boston, we will be reviewing opportunities to connect buyers and sellers digitally.
We wish you good health and look forward to seeing you in Boston in 2022.
Group Vice President
Thanks to our 2020 sponsors
Stay Tuned For More Information About The 2022 MLA Trip
The Maine Lobstermen’s Association with support from the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Hannaford Supermarkets will once again be hosting a free bus for lobstermen and others to the Seafood Expo North America, in Boston. The goal of the trip is to make lobstermen aware of the stature of Maine lobster in the global marketplace and the tough competition our iconic Maine product faces.
This free trip includes a bus ride, admission to the trade show (a $90 value), and an invitation to the Maine Lobster reception. The bus ride allows for conversation and connection with others in your industry while you leave the driving to us.
Recap of the 2019 Show
Thirty people escaped the March mud of Maine to attend day two of the three-day trade show which features seafood purveyors, packaging firms and dealers from around the world. This year the Expo presented a seminar on the status of North Atlantic Right Whales which most of the Maine contingent attended. Later in the day, the group took part in the Maine Lobster Reception where they sampled Maine wine and lobster dishes with other Expo attendees
Governor Mills spoke briefly, complimenting Maine lobstermen on their work ethic and resourcefulness. “Yes, there are challenges” she said addressing the right whale issue and bait shortage. “But as Mainers, we solve problems. It’s in our DNA.” “What a great networking event in addition to the expo!” remarked Christal Applin of Swans Island. John Drouin of Cutler summed it up: “Our favorite experience at the show???…hmmm, honestly the entire day was fantastic!”
Boston Seafood Show 2019 Photo Gallery
Last year the MLA and other industry professionals set forth on a comfy coach bound for Boston and the Seafood Expo North America. This day long trip departed from Bangor and stopped briefly in Augusta, Portland, and Kennebunk. It arrived at the door of the Expo where everyone had an opportunity to see how Maine Lobster is marketed and what its competitors are. They experience seafood from all corners of the world, had a chance to sample all sorts of tasty things, and learn about the newest in seafood processing. The coach ride also afforded folks the chance to meet and connect with other industry professionals. The day wrapped up with a walk down to the Exchange Conference Center for a Maine Lobster Reception sponsored by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.
It really was a “Don’t miss event!”
The cost was Free thanks to our sponsors:
Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association * Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative * The Maine Lobstermen’s Association *Hannaford Supermarkets