What are the seafood trends in 2019?

Discover the trends at Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global from May 7-9

This press kit gives you the opportunity to discover a selection of the biggest novelties from exhibitors present at the fair. It also provides a convenient overview of all the Seafood Excellence Global Awards finalists.

Many of these novelties illustrate the most popular trends at Seafood Expo Global.

The seafood trends for 2019 are: 

Based on the products entered in the Seafood Excellence Global Awards competition, we can see continued interest in smoked products in traditional and ultra-premium formats, as well as new smoked species and product applications.  There are a great number of products that are based on traditional Asian dishes, flavors and ingredients. Seaweed in a variety of products and applications is also an emerging trend. 

Other trends are:

Healthy: Consumers find eating healthy more and more important. Companies make sure their products are healthy and low in calories. 

Spice and more spiceseafood curries, and fish and shellfish flavored with habanero chiles, spicy Thai sauces, and sriracha.

Aperitif: Fresh, small, bitesize aperitifs for consumers’ or caterers’ convenience. 

Genuine flavors: Producers use fresh fish with no additives so consumers can eat genuine products with real flavors. 

Authentic Tradition: Companies highlighting traditional processes, using centuries old techniques and staff who have mastered their craft 

Smoked: More smoked products every year with a focus on premium cuts and preparations, and unique ingredients and flavor profiles.  Some examples this year are rum, and honey and bee pollen.

Seaweed as a culinary ingredient and new innovative snacks. Seaweed products are available on their own and different varieties of seaweed are being incorporated in ready-made products.


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Lieke Vervoort Press Officer, Two cents
Lieke Vervoort Press Officer, Two cents
About Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global

Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global form the world’s largest seafood trade event.  Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition in Brussels, Belgium, to meet, network and conduct business.  Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies.  Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market.  SeafoodSource.com is the exposition’s official media.  The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media.  www.seafoodexpo.com/global

About Diversified Communications

Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. 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 and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit: www.divcom.com