Build Your Overseas Business with These 2020 Seafood Marketing Activities

The new year has arrived and Food Export–Northeast has a number of programs, in-market promotional activities, events, and tradeshow opportunities to help seafood companies grow connections to international buyers. As you plan for the year ahead, consider these five opportunities.

The new year has arrived and Food Export–Northeast has a number of programs, in-market promotional activities, events, and tradeshow opportunities to help seafood companies grow connections to international buyers. As you plan for the year ahead, consider these five opportunities.

1. Meet with buyers at the 2020 Seafood Expo North America in Boston.

The 40th annual Seafood Expo North America tradeshow is just around the corner, scheduled to take place March 15-17, 2020, in Boston. On March 14th, the day before the show officially starts, Food Export–Northeast will conduct its annual Seafood Buyers Mission. This year, based on nominations from our network of in-market representatives, we are sponsoring more than two dozen buyers from 15 countries. This will be the largest delegation of international buyers we’ve ever hosted providing more opportunities for northeast seafood producers to obtain one-on-one meetings with seafood buyers. Participants in this activity last year reported $11 million in export sales and the establishment of 82 new distributor relationships. It’s not too late to register – the final deadline is February 7, 2020. Register here.

2. Exhibit at International Seafood Tradeshows.

Food Export–Northeast coordinates and provides cost-share funding assistance for the region’s seafood industry to exhibit at major seafood tradeshows.

  • April 21-23, 2020 – Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium:

Seafood Expo Global is the largest annual trade expo within the seafood industry drawing visitors from more than 150 countries. Using our cost-share funding to exhibit at this event is a cost-effective way to showcase your company and seafood products to buyers across the globe. New-to-export seafood companies generate solid new business contacts and established exporters get that all important annual face-to-face relationship-building meetings to maintain important customers. As of this writing, only two spaces remain available. Food Export–Northeast organizes the pavilion for northeast seafood companies. Learn more and register here.

  • September 1-3, 2020 – Seafood Expo Asia: Hong Kong, China:

Seafood Expo Asia is a three-day event that provides ample opportunities for seafood suppliers to connect with buyers from throughout South East Asia. Food Export-Northeast’s cost-share assistance funding, which defrays travel and show costs, makes exhibiting more affordable. Our Food Show Plus services offer interpreters, materials translation, buyer-matched meetings, and post-event lead qualification. Food Export–Northeast is bringing a delegation of South East Asia buyers to this show and will also showcase Northeast seafood products. Learn more and register here.

  • October 28-30, 2020 – China Fisheries & Seafood Expo, Qingdao, China:

China Fisheries & Seafood Expo is the premier industry tradeshow for mainland China. Northeast seafood suppliers can choose to exhibit independently within the USA Pavilion or to exhibit from easy turnkey shared space we coordinate. Cost-share funding and Food Show Plus services are available to all northeast companies. Learn more and register here.

3. Take advantage of the Branded Program and Add to Your Marketing Dollars

The Food Export–Northeast Branded Program is an application-based, easy-to-use, cost-sharing program designed to reimburse qualifying companies up to 50% for promotional and marketing costs. In 2019 alone, this program awarded $1.1 million to over 30 Northeast U.S. seafood suppliers, helping them to stretch overall marketing dollars. Suppliers have used these funds to exhibit at trade shows, revamp product packaging, create buzz on social media and through in-market promotional activities. Learn more about what the Branded Program can help your business achieve in 2020.

4. Find the best market for your products with the Market Builder program

It can be challenging to know which markets and buyers are the best fit for selling your product when you’re just starting out, but Food Export–Northeast makes it easier with the Market Builder program. This service provides exporters with customized market research conducted by our In-Market experts to help companies uncover selling potential. Market Builder currently offers resources for 17 different markets – learn more.

5. Resources to Help You Sell Your Products Overseas

From education, to market exploration, financial support, product positioning, and exhibition connections, Food Export–Northeast aims to be a supplier’s one-stop-resource for marketing assistance. For example, you can:

  • Discover our newly developed promotional collateral for American Lobster, created in partnership with Maine industry professionals
  • Read about potential new oyster export markets in our extensive market research reports for Northern Europe, China, and Hong Kong
  • Take 50% off your store set up fee with leading online wholesale trader, Alibaba, through our Branded Program

Whatever your marketing needs, consider all of the resources available on our website.

As Food Export–Northeast continues to build relationships with buyers from across the globe, identify new opportunities for growth, and study burgeoning overseas markets, we will share further opportunities and events for suppliers to leverage. In the meantime, visit our website to learn more about how we can support your overseas marketing efforts.

About Food Export USA—Northeast 

With its extensive programs and educational offerings, Food Export USA–Northeast (Food Export–Northeast) is recognized as the preeminent expert and cost-effective resource for Northeast seafood and agricultural suppliers looking to sell their products overseas. Founded in 1973, Food Export–Northeast is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively with its 10 member states’ agricultural promotion agencies from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, to facilitate trade between suppliers and worldwide importers and to promote the export of food, agricultural and seafood products from those states. Since its founding, the organization has helped Northeast seafood suppliers gain access to a broad range of export markets, supported overseas in-market educational and promotional programs and offers emerging suppliers access to funds to help grow their export business. The organization is funded through the Market Access Program (MAP), administered by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

Learn more about us and what we do for the Northeast seafood industry on our website.  Contact us.