Boston Seafood Show (Seafood Expo North America) 2020 – POSTPONED

March 3, 2020 – today we received notification that the 2020 Boston Seafood Show would be postponed due to the Corona Virus. Please read the letter from event host, Diversified Communications.

Dear Seafood Community,

After many weeks of monitoring the evolving situation around COVID-19 and evaluating the full spectrum of feedback we received among hundreds of calls and emails, we, Diversified Communications, have decided that the 40th edition of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America will not take place as scheduled in March and is postponed while we look at other options.

This decision has been difficult because of the major importance of this event to the industry. We heard from those of you who were concerned about health, safety and travel restrictions, and given the short time before the scheduled event date, and upcoming logistics, we have determined that postponement at this time is unavoidable.

We are committed to finding a solution to deliver an event in North America, this year, to ensure business continuity to the seafood industry. Details on when and where will be communicated directly with our customers in the next month. Depending on date and location availability, the event might look slightly different for 2020 but will continue to provide the opportunities to connect suppliers and buyers in the industry.

Please look for important follow up communications from Diversified and vendors that will include logistical details resulting from the postponement. Diversified Communications is committed to do right by its customers by offering the choice of rolling over exhibit space payment to the future 2020 event or to the March 2021 event in Boston.

We appreciate hearing from each one of you. The volume of calls and emails we have been receiving is very high and we are doing our best to get back to you in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience.

We value the support of everyone involved in the making of this event, our vendors, the local authorities, the venue and most of all, our partners, friends and customers in the seafood industry. The strength of this community will persevere beyond COVID-19.

Liz Plizga
Group Vice President
Diversified Communications


Thanks to our 2020 sponsors

You Can Come On A Free Trip to the Boston Seafood Show!

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association with support from the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Hannaford Supermarkets is once again 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.

  • Bus leaves from Bangor at 7:30 am from the Park and Ride at the corner of Odlin Rd and 395
  • Augusta: 8:45 am from the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive (back of the parking lot)
  • Portland: 9:30 am from the Marginal Way Park and Ride (across from Golds Gym – the parking lot on the left “Park and Ride”
  • Kennebunk: 10:15 from the Park and Ride (off Rt 35 across from Spurling Training Center)
  • Arrive in Boston about noon/12:30 pm

Attend the Maine Lobster Reception from 5:30 to 6:45 at the Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave, Boston (walking distance). 

  • Return to bus 6:45, Depart Boston 7 pm – arrive in Kennebunk at 8:30, Portland 9:15, Augusta at 10:15 and the final stop in Bangor estimated 11:45 pm

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