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  • fish international | 17.05.2022

    Climate change alters the fishing industry

    Climate change is not an abstract construct, it has already arrived on our doorstep and is affecting fish stocks in the North and Baltic Seas. But this is not the ...

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    Effects already noticeable | Central topic at fish international

    Climate change is not an abstract construct, it has already arrived on our doorstep and is affecting fish stocks in the North and Baltic Seas. But this is not the only reason why climate protection is the order of the day and an important topic for the fishing industry: Anyone who invests in climate protection in their own company can possibly reduce their operating costs – and also send important signals to their customers. At fish international at MESSE BREMEN (September 4 to 6), the topic of climate protection will therefore also be examined from various perspectives in presentations and discussions.

    The North Sea and Baltic Sea are becoming warmer and warmer. Since the 1980s, the average annual temperature of the water off the German coasts has increased by up to 2.0°C. The effects are already being clearly felt. „For example, cod in the North Sea, which are accustomed to colder water, are migrating north; species that tend to prefer warmer waters, such as squid, sardines and anchovies, or mullet, are moving in from the south,“ says marine biologist and head of the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries in Bremerhaven, Dr. Gerd Kraus. The consequences in the Baltic Sea, which is largely enclosed by land, are even more serious: „Fish such as cod cannot move further north there, productivity decreases and stocks decline.“

    fish international with solutions for a more climate-friendly fishing industry

    As a consequence, climate change naturally also affects fisheries. North Sea fishermen may still be lucky because they will find new species of commercial fish to replace those that are increasingly migrating. Simply following the old species may not be possible: they are also moving into the waters of other fishing nations such as Norway and Iceland, which – as was once the case with redfish – are insisting on their fishing rights in the 200-nautical-mile zones. „The tried and tested European system of relative stability of fishing quotas may thus be undermined,“ warns Dr. Kraus. In the Baltic Sea, the development is even more dramatic: „There, there are currently such drastic cuts in the herring stock in the western Baltic that many businesses are being deprived of their economic basis.“

    These noticeable changes are slowly but surely creating greater awareness in politics and society. „More and more people are realizing that knowledge about climate change must be followed by action to protect the climate,“ says Silvia Freeborn, who advises companies in the food sector on climate protection issues at the non-profit initiative myclimate. Both business partners and consumers increasingly expect information from food manufacturers about the climate aspects of their products. The desire to act is also growing in the fishing industry itself. But: „Those responsible in small and medium-sized enterprises in particular are asking themselves what they can do in practical terms to protect the climate,“ says Sabine Wedell, MESSE BREMEN project manager for fish international. That’s why she has given the topic a lot of space in the program of the industry get-together, which is unique in Germany, and has attracted renowned speakers for specialist presentations and discussions.

     

    Reducing the carbon footprint: adding value through co-products

    The benchmark for climate impact is the „carbon footprint“ of a company or its product. „When evaluating a product, you have to look at the climate impact of its entire life cycle and thus take into account, above all, how much energy is consumed at which point,“ says Prof. Norbert Reintjes, summarizing the principle. For the footprint of a fish fillet, for example, the fuel consumption of the fishing vessel must be taken into account, as well as the electricity required for processing and cooling the product, right through to transport and the refrigerated counter at the point of sale. This overall picture is not easy to generate, knows the scientist, who teaches industrial ecology at the University of Technology: „Depending on the reference with which you compare products, the result can be highly different.“ For example, when comparing fish species, „it can be relevant whether the reference point is the fresh weight, the weight of the fillets or the protein content.“

    The carbon footprint, created with the help of expert consultants, can lead to important course-setting in the company. „The CO2 footprint can usually be reduced by optimizing the relevant energy consumption,“ says Reintjes. But it could also be reduced by making better use of the raw material: „If you turn as many other parts of the fish as possible into products in addition to the fillet, the climate impact of fishing and processing is shared among these products.“

    Currently, Reintjes is pursuing such projects in Iceland. The „Ocean Cluster“ there is a network of companies that use leftovers from fish processing for new products. One successful example is a company that has developed a medical product from fish skin for treating severe skin injuries. „After just a few years, sales are now already in the double-digit millions,“ Reintjes reports.

    Consulting under the motto „do the best, offset the rest“.

    The myclimate team supports companies seeking advice in the complex task of determining their carbon footprint. Together with them, the climate protection professionals then develop ideas, concepts and measures to reduce the climate-damaging footprint. In addition, the non-profit institution offers companies educational programs for trainees, employees and, of course, the management of companies: „Knowledge is also the prerequisite for action in climate protection,“ emphasizes Silvia Freeborn.

    True to the motto of myclimate „do the best, offset the rest“, CO2 emissions should not be created in the first place, but avoided. However, since the most important thing for the climate is that global emissions decrease in total, unavoidable emissions can also be offset. For emissions that cannot be avoided or have not yet been reduced, myclimate also offers the possibility of offsetting in high-quality carbon offset projects. Classically, these are projects such as forest conservation projects or reforestation measures that ensure that a certain amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is bound. „But these also include programs right here in Germany,“ says Silvia Freeborn.

    For the fishing industry, the entry point to practical measures for climate protection is via the myclimate stand at fish international: „We are available as a contact throughout the trade fair,“ Silvia Freeborn emphasizes. Sabine Wedell also knows that knowledge subsequently leads to action: „Together with myclimate, we are developing a climate concept for fish international and our other events.“ The motivation here is the same that should drive the fishing industry: „It’s in our own interest and expected of participants and partners.“

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  • fish international | 02.12.2021

    fish international has been rescheduled to September

    fish international 2022 will be moved from February to Sunday, 4th to Tuesday, 6th September 2022. This is MESSE BREMEN’s response to the request of the fishing industry. „In consideration of ...

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    On September 4-6, 2022 the fish industry will meet in Bremen

    fish international 2022 will be moved from February to Sunday, 4th to Tuesday, 6th September 2022. This is MESSE BREMEN’s response to the request of the fishing industry. „In consideration of the importance of this event for the industry, we want to give the companies involved and the visitors a sense of certainty in their planning,“ says Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, explaining the reasons for this decision. The fair organizers want to avoid cancelling Germany’s only trade fair for the fishing industry at short notice if the Corona pandemic worsens.

    Personal exchange for the fish industry is important

    Preparations for fish international 2022 are almost complete. A few months before the originally planned event date in February, the trade fair is very well booked. „This shows how important the fair is to the entire industry as a place for personal exchange,“ says project manager Sabine Wedell. Importers, producers, traders and caterers have been meeting regularly at the international trade fair for over 30 years.

    From 2024 back again with GASTRO IVENT

    We are currently sensing a growing concern about the progression of the pandemic in Germany,“ says Wedell. „We have had many talks with our exhibitors. They don’t want to risk cancelling their plans at the last minute, foregoing personal meetings and therefore prefer to accept the postponement to a later date.“

    GASTRO IVENT, which usually takes place in parallel, will be held independently of fish international in 2023 as a Special Edition. „We have identified 28 to 30 January as the best timeframe for this,“ says Claudia Nötzelmann, Head of Trade Fairs at MESSE BREMEN. „We want to stick to the long-term concept of holding fish international and GASTRO IVENT together, thus offering an added value for all visitors and exhibitors. From 2024 onwards, the fairs will take place together again”.

    For more information: www.fishinternational.de/en

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    fish international

    The fish fair in Germany

    from Sunday, 4th to Tuesday, 6th September 2022, MESSE BREMEN, Tel: 0421 / 35 05 260,

    E-Mail: info@fishinternational.de, Internet: www.fishinternational.de/en

     

     

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  • fish international | 18.10.2021

    Trend barometer for the fish industry

    MESSE BREMEN is set once again to be the meeting place for the German and European fish industry when it presents the „fish international“ in early 2022. From Sunday 13 to Tuesday 15 ...

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    fish international: Huge interest in the first in-person trade fair in two years

    MESSE BREMEN is set once again to be the meeting place for the German and European fish industry when it presents the „fish international“ in early 2022. From Sunday 13 to Tuesday 15 February 2022, trending topics such as aquaculture and sustainability will be on the agenda along with innovations from producers, retailers and the catering and hospitality industry. Parallel to the only German fish and seafood trade fair, MESSE BREMEN will also hold GASTROIVENT, which represents the north-German restaurant and hospitality sector. It provides a forum for the latest developments in hospitality, catering, canteen catering and the hotel sector.

    Climate protection increasingly important

    Every two years, the fish international reflects the current hot topics in the international fish industry. Right now, the focus is on various aspects of sustainability. Climate protection is rapidly growing in importance. „This is an issue important along the entire chain from raw produce sourcing through production and retail and up to the consumer“, emphasises Sabine Wedell. Many companies have already developed practical approaches to reduce their carbon footprint. „Anybody in the industry who has questions in this area will definitely find information and potential partners to help them go forward“, says the project manager at MESSE BREMEN responsible for the fish international.

    Another major topic is the use of recirculating systems in aquaculture. This is why one focus at the fish international is land-based production and the technology required for it. Recirculating systems are an important way of achieving sustainable raw production, but they require a well-planned concept and a greater acceptance by government and the approval authorities. MESSE BREMEN has integrated a forum with discussion rounds and presentations in the exhibition hall. „This will ensure short paths for participants, but also underline the importance of the issues for a sustainable future“, says Sabine Wedell. Another challenge in the industry highlighted by the project manager is the development of vegan alternatives to fish products using plant-based proteins. „Even though fish and seafood remain our core competency, we must actively look at the development of additional, plant-based products.“

    Opportunity for face-to-face contact

    Since the fish international 2020, most members of the industry, in which personal contacts play a big role, have only been able to see each other virtually. That has fired interest in the first in-person meet-up for two years. Five months before the start of the trade fair, more than 70 percent of the exhibition space is already booked. „We’ve noticed a clear sense of optimism in the industry, and the exhibitors can’t wait to finally talk to customers and business partners in person“, says Sabine Wedell. The significance of the fish international as a meeting point for the fish industry has built up over 30 years. The 2022 trade fair has already attracted more interest than ever. The most important comparable show in Europe, the Seafood Expo Global, will permanently relocate from Brussels to Barcelona next year. According to the project manager, „The fish industry, especially in the Scandinavian countries and eastern Europe, is now even more focused on Bremen“.

    New exhibitors on board

    The increased importance of the fish international is reflected in a number of new exhibitors. One of the largest is Pickenpack Seafoods. The expert for private-label frozen products is a major partner for food retailers and the restaurant and catering sector as well as a broad range of large-volume consumers. Other new participants range from wholesalers such as Zeelandia van Belzen to importers such as H&F Handelskontor and the Asian specialist E.W.A. Wessendorf, right up to young companies like 68° Noord King Crabs, which imports king crabs and other products from Norway. The list of exhibitors also provides an overview of the future-oriented topics at the fish international. Companies such as FRESH Völklingen from Saarland, Kingfish Zeeland from the Netherlands and HanseGarnelen based in Glückstadt/Schleswig-Holstein will showcase their high-end seafood products farmed on land and report on their experiences with sustainable aquaculture.

    Once again, the trade fair in Bremen is also attracting growing interest abroad. Among the new exhibitors are salmon producers Empreseas Aqua Chile and Seaborn as well as, on a joint stand, several companies from the Canadian province of New Brunswick which specialise in particular in lobster, oysters, snow crabs, shrimps and salmon. The organisers of the fish international have also gained new exhibitors from Turkey. They include farming and processing companies such as Abalioglu Su Ulunleri Gida Tarim (gilthead, sea bass, trout and meagre), as well as manufacturers of components for aquaculture systems. For example, Vasg Composites and Fatih Polyester located near Izmir produce tanks and containers made of fibre-glass-reinforced plastic. Arde Makine from Bursa develops and manufactures sorting solutions for fish and frozen products.

    The perfect place for a complete market overview

    As always, many companies will represent their home regions on joint stands. Traditionally, they include companies and organisations from Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven. The fish international will also feature national pavilions representing fishing countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands. „All this makes our trade fair the perfect place to gain an overview of the market, meet new people and intensify personal relations“, says Sabine Wedell.

    Parallel to the fish international, MESSE BREMEN will hold the GASTRO IVENT, north-west Germany’s trade fair for catering and hospitality as well as large consumers. The connections between the two areas have made this joint presentation a great success. The popularity of seafood in restaurants, at events and in canteens has been increasing for years. Thanks to a carefully designed hygiene concept, the two trade fairs will feel hardly any different from the pre-pandemic shows. The concept was developed in close cooperation with the health authorities in Bremen and will be constantly updated according to the current pandemic situation. „Exhibitors and visitors can be confident that we will take the very best precautions to protect their health in our exhibition halls“, says Claudia Nötzelmann, the Unit Director responsible for MESSE BREMEN’s trade fairs.

    More information at: www.fishinternational.com

     

    Further information for editorial offices:

    Messe Bremen / M3B GmbH.  Wolfgang Heumer, Phone +49 4 21 / 3505 – 341
    E-Mail: heumer@messe-bremen.de;  Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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  • fish international | 23.08.2021

    Save the Date

    fish international has been the ultimate German meeting place for the fish industry for over 30 years. And for the fifth time, GASTRO IVENT will provide inspiration for the restaurant and ...

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    18th fish international - 5th GASTRO IVENT

    fish international has been the ultimate German meeting place for the fish industry for over 30 years. And for the fifth time, GASTRO IVENT will provide inspiration for the restaurant and catering industry.

    Please include this event in your calendar of events:

     

    fish international

    The fish fair in Germany

    Sunday to Tuesday, 13 to 15 February 2022

    Opening hours:

    Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    MESSE BREMEN, Hall 5

    Email : info@fishinternational.de

    www.fishinternational.de

     

     

    GASTRO IVENT

    Concepts and creative solutions for caterers and restaurateurs

    Sunday to Tuesday, 13 to 15 February 2022

    Opening hours:

    Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    MESSE BREMEN, Hall 6 & 7

    Email: info@gastro-ivent.de.de

    www.gastro-ivent.de

     

    Further information for editorial offices:

    MESSE BREMEN – M3B GmbH

    Sabine Wedell

    Phone +49 421 / 3505 – 264

    presse@messe-bremen.de

    www.messe-bremen.de

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  • fish international | 03.03.2021

    Digital Seafood Meeting: an opportunity to be seen

    When cell-biotechnology and food tech experts work together, the result can be something as surprising as fish products grown from cells. But can these products make it on the market? ...

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    "Dating platform" for the fish industry

    When cell-biotechnology and food tech experts work together, the result can be something as surprising as fish products grown from cells. But can these products make it on the market? This is just one of the questions to be tackled at the Digital Seafood Meeting on Wednesday, 21 April 2021. „The virtual meeting covers future topics like this, but above all opportunities for one-on-one talks with trade partners“, says Sabine Wedell, Project Manager of the fish international.

    There will be a focus on what she calls matchmaking sessions: Whether buyers, product developers or sales managers – the Digital Seafood Meeting gives partners and customers the chance to meet. Participation will be easy: Anybody who wants to join in can log on to the platform, create a profile, search for potential partners and arrange virtual meetings. After both sides have agreed, they can start to chat. „We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of familiar companies, but we also can’t wait to see new faces. The industry can only profit from new contacts“, says Wedell.

    There is also a program of talks in three sessions. The topics are: out-of-house sales, product launches in the retail trade and innovations. The first focus will be mass catering. How has the pandemic changed this market and what comes next? In this sector, Friesenkrone-Feinkost has come up with a creative idea: the European Matjes Week. „It’s a varied culinary journey with greetings from around the world in the form of fine spices and aromas on a Matjes menu. Especially in the current situation when we’re all hoping for a return to normal, this menu is designed to help restaurant owners and caterers offer their guests special treats. The dishes are easy to prepare in the kitchens with the help of the Friesenkrone campaign packages“, says Sylvia Ludwig, Head of Sales at Friesenkrone. „We will also present an extensive start concept during the Digital Seafood Meeting.“

    In the session devoted to retail market product launches, experts will discuss the latest news. What recent developments have emerged on the market? What new products are on offer, and which of them have achieved retail success? The range of Polish processing company Freezco includes modern packed salmon and smoked fish products. Iwona Kulinicz from Freezco will report on the company’s experiences with German retailers, among other things.

    The third session is all about plant, land and cell-based products. „More and more alternatives are making it onto the market, and this raises the question of whether they are competitors to fish or a positive addition to our products“, says Wedell. Burkhard Gabbe, Managing Director of FRoSTA Foodservice GmbH, reports in this context about „Fisch vom Feld“ (Fish from the Land). This is a plant-based fillet which was presented for the first time at the fish international last year. It is already used in mass catering and the food retail trade. There will also be a presentation on cell-based fish products. „Cell-based fish is a healthy fish product produced from cells using innovative biotechnology. No fish have to die for this food“, says Dr. Sebastian Rakers, the Managing Director of Bluu Biosciences GmbH and a pioneer in this field. „Unlike meat cells, fish cells are cultivated at room temperature, which saves energy costs. What’s more, the less complex tissue structure makes cell-based fish easier to produce.“

    The Digital Seafood Meeting is an online event organised by the fish international trade show with the support of the European Enterprise Networks (EEN) and other partners such as Food from Denmark, Profiexpo, Eurofish and Fischmagazin. The event will be presented by Sabine Wedell as well as Monika Pain, Project Manager at Polfish in Gdansk, and Selin Akdogan, Project Manager at Future Fish Eurasia in Izmir. In the current circumstances, the industry is presenting this virtual event to bridge the gap until the next fish international from 13 to 15 February 2022. Registration is free at: www.fish-international-digital-2021.b2match.io.

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  • fish international | 14.02.2020

    Satisfied exhibitors at the fish trade fair

    Germany’s only professional trade fair for the fish industry suffered less than expected from the winter storms, and the organizers of fish international counted a total of 10,302 attendees this ...

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    Despite the storms, plenty of attendees were on hand at the MESSE BREMEN on

    Germany’s only professional trade fair for the fish industry suffered less than expected from the winter storms, and the organizers of fish international counted a total of 10,302 attendees this year (2018: 12,203). Just three of the registered exhibitors cancelled their registrations.

    „We consider this a manageable decrease – for us, it is much more important that so many exhibitors spoke positively about the event“ says Andrea Rohde, Area Manager of Exhibitions at the MESSE BREMEN. „Most decision-makers did choose to come and brave the weather.“

    The exhibition offered a range of unusual products – Japanese flounder, for example, which has been previously unknown in Germany up to this point. In addition, more and more exhibitors – including Deutsche See – are marketing products designed for the self-service counter or convenience store, as well as niche products like high-quality canned sardines.

    The first vegan products from established fish producers also generated plenty of media attention. Bremerhaven Frosta Food Service presented their „Fish from the field“: fish patties or fried fish made from a vegetable blend, hemp protein and linseed oil in a crispy breadcrumb coating. Dutch company Sterk B.V. used fish international to launch its vegan sashimi products made to mimic salmon and tuna and created from tapioca starch and algae-based glucose.

    Coronavirus concerns

    The new Coronavirus did worry some participants at the fish exhibition. To counteract these worries, they strengthened hygiene measures and asked at-risk groups to stay home. Three registered Chinese exhibitors cancelled their visits. The fourth sent a company representative from North America to the exhibition. As a precaution, he posted a sign at the stand reading „Keep calm – we are Canadian“.

    The date for the next exhibition has already been set for 13 to 15 February, 2022. 

    On fish international

    Founded in 1988, the fish international in the MESSE BREMEN exhibition halls is the only German trade fair for fish and seafood. Every two years, it attracts a good 12,000 visitors from the fish industry, fish wholesalers, food retailers and the hospitality industry. Here they find some 300 suppliers from around the world and use this opportunity to find out the latest information and discuss current topics in the business. The next fish international will take place from Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th February 2020.

     

     

    Further information for editorial offices:

    Messe Bremen / M3B GmbH

    Imke Zimmermann, Tel. 04 21 / 35 05 – 4 45
    E-Mail: zimmermann@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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  • fish international | 06.03.2018

    Visitor numbers up at fish international

    Germany’s only trade fair for the industry ends The fish international trade fair closed in Bremen with another increase in visitor numbers. A total of 12,203 people took a look ...

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    Visitor numbers up at fish international

    Germany’s only trade fair for the industry ends

    The fish international trade fair closed in Bremen with another increase in visitor numbers. A total of 12,203 people took a look around Hall 5 (2016: 11,732). The 16th edition of the fish industry show was a meeting place for fish processors and fishmongers, canteen managers, restaurateurs and food retailers, among others. With 312 exhibitors, the trade fair achieved a growth of 15 percent (2016: 273).

    „In its 30th year, the fish international once again confirmed its status as our flagship trade fair. It’s more important to the industry than ever“, said Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of Messe Bremen & ÖVB-Arena. „The combination with our catering trade fair GASTRO IVENT also proved a big success.“

    Many exhibitors were full of praise for the fish international. „We had a lot of very good conversations with German and also foreign partners“, said Mert Kecici, Sales Director of Marine Harvest DACH GmbH. „With its strong connections to neighbouring countries, the fish international really lives up to its name.“

    „We’ll definitely be back in two years“, said Ralf Forner, Managing Director of Transgourmet Seafood. „We were able to hold great and constructive talks, and we’re very happy about how the trade fair went and the customer response.“ Turkey’s largest trout producer, Gümüşdoğa, is also planning to come back after its first time in Bremen. „Our goal was to attract more customers in Germany. I’m delighted to say we made a lot of promising contacts – also with companies from Poland and Belgium“, said company employee Eray Koşay.

    The fish international was complemented by the GASTRO IVENT running simultaneously. Also at the same time, Fleischer-Einkauf AG held its company trade fair.

    The next fish international will take place from Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th February 2020.

    For more information please visit www.fishinternational.com

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    Further information for editors:

    MESSE BREMEN/ M3B GmbH

    Imke Zimmermann, Tel. +49 (0)421 / 35 05 – 445, Fax +49 (0)421 / 35 05 – 340

    E-mail: zimmermann@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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