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Massachusetts Export Center Brought International Seafood Buyers to New Bedford


March-April 2008 Newsletter
By Paula Murphy, Director
Massachusetts Export Center

seafood tourSeafood buyers from all corners of the world visited New Bedford on Tuesday, February 26th, to meet with some of the area’s leading seafood companies. Fifteen seafood buyers, mainly from Europe and Asia, visited the Whaling City Seafood Auction and four New Bedford seafood companies before attending a seafood industry luncheon featuring New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang and Dr. Kevin Stokesbury of the UMass School for Marine Sciences and Technology. Countries represented by buyers on the tour included Belgium, Bulgaria, China, France, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Serbia.

The international visitors were in Massachusetts for the 2008 International Boston Seafood Show. Food Export USA, a non-profit export promotion organization, sponsored the visit of the foreign buyers specifically to promote northeastern U.S. seafood exports. Food Export USA also partnered with local export development organizations, led by the Massachusetts Export Center, to introduce the buyers to local seafood suppliers.


The tour represented the fourth annual visit of international seafood buyers to the New Bedford area organized by the Massachusetts Export Center, part of the state’s Small Business Development Center Network. The Export Center provides a broad range of services to Massachusetts exporters and operates a New Bedford office based out of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.


One of the companies featured on the tour both last year and this year was Northern Wind, a leading supplier of scallops and other seafood products. “Our participation in the annual international seafood buyers tour has helped our export business tremendously. We have met European buyers to whom we would not have had access otherwise, and we had the opportunity to show these buyers our products and capabilities firsthand. The result has been a marked increase in our export sales to Europe,” said Rick Marino, Vice President of Sales at Northern Wind.


“New Bedford is home to some of the most innovative seafood processing companies in the country, and we are delighted that international seafood buyers return to the city year after year. It reaffirms New Bedford’s place as a world-class seafood port,” said Paula Murphy, director of the Massachusetts Export Center.


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