A delegation of 26 companies and industry associations, including two Atlantic Canadian chefs, is in China to showcase the flavours of Atlantic Canada at the 2013 China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Dalian, from Nov. 5 to 7.
In Dalian, Atlantic Canadian companies will have the opportunity to network with Chinese buyers and industry professionals, and participate in site visits and business to business meetings. Chef Ted Grant, of the Nova Scotia Community College, and Chef Roger Andrews, of the College of the North Atlantic, will be on site to provide a taste of Atlantic Canadian lobster, crab, mussels, and shrimp to Chinese buyers and delegates.
Follow up activities to the mission include plans for an Atlantic Canadian guest chef to help develop a menu featuring Atlantic Canadian products at a new Canadian-themed restaurant in China this winter.
In 2012, Atlantic Canada exported $2.9 billion worth of seafood to world markets, and sales to Asia make up 23 per cent of that number. Market development efforts have met with success so far â since 2011, sales to China have increased by 30 per cent and sales to Asia, by 16 per cent â and there are still significant opportunities to be explored by Atlantic Canadian companies.
Chinaâs middle class grows by 40 million people each year, creating an increasing appetite for high-quality food. Chinaâs seafood consumption is growing faster than its production levels, and the market is hungry for imported seafood. According to the eventâs website, China Fisheries and Seafood Expo 2013 will feature even more national pavilions as seafood producers around the world respond to Chinaâs growing demand for imported seafood, which is widely seen in China as a safe and high-quality choice.
Asia is the worldâs largest and fastest growing seafood market. The China Fisheries and Seafood Expo, which is the largest seafood show in Asia and has been held annually for the past 17 years, saw over 17,000 visitors from 89 countries in 2012. China, the worldâs second largest economy, is the most populous country in the world, with approximately 1.34 billion people. China also ranks fourth among the worldâs largest importers.
The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces invested $116,000 in the Atlantic delegationâs attendance at the event through the Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development (IBDA). The IBDA is a federal/provincial agreement between the Government of Canada (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and Industry Canada) and the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada. It is designed to help Atlantic Canadian businesses enter, explore and succeed in international markets. The IBDA is a key component of a pan-Atlantic effort to foster business relations, attract foreign investment and nurture technological co-operation.
The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces provided support of over $116,000 for the business mission through the Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development (IBDA).
Following is a list of the Atlantic Canadian companies and organizations taking part in the mission to the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo.
Â· Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership
Â· Gidney Fisheries Ltd.
Â· Fisher King Seafoods Ltd.
Â· I.Deveau Fisheries Ltd.
Â· Ships Lobster Pound Ltd.
Â· Top Claw Lobster & Seafood Company
Â· United Trans Ltd.âš
Â· Gourmet Chef Packers
Â· La Maison Beausoleil
Â· Moncton Fish Market
Â· Orion Seafood Group
Â· Partner Seafood Inc.
Â· True Northâš
Newfoundland and Labrador
Â· Association of Seafood Producers
Â· Fogo Island Co-operative Society
Â· Green Seafoods Ltd.
Â· Harbour Grace Shrimp Company
Â· Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association
Â· Newfound Resources Ltd.
Â· Ocean Choice International
Â· Ocean Fresh Mussels
Â· Whitecap International Seafood Exportersâš
Prince Edward Island
Â· Atlantic Aqua
Â· BJ Marketing
Â· PEI Fishermen's Association
Â· PEI Mussel King
Â· New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries
Â· Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Â· Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Â· Innovation PEI