Saturday 16 February 2019

Sofrimar represents Wexford at seafood expo in Brussels

Esther Hayden

A Kilmore Quay company was one of 23 Irish seafood exporters at the Seafood Expo Global trade fair in Brussels last week.

Representatives from Sofrimar in Kilmore Quay attended the expo which focused on building on the 9 per cent export growth of the sector in 2017.

Irish seafood exports reached a value of €614 million last year with almost 61 per cent coming from EU markets and strong results in China and the Far East underpinning much of the international market performance

Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy said SEG with more than 28,000 buyers, suppliers and seafood professionals is a key event for targeting new customers and deepening Ireland`s penetration in its established markets.

'Ireland is unsurpassed in our offering to food buyers who are increasingly looking for products that respond to their consumers` demands around sustainability and emerging food trends. Sustainability is becoming a central part of the business strategies of leading supermarkets, foodservice customers and manufacturers but for many their targets cannot be achieved without the help of their suppliers.'

The key Irish offerings during the three days of the show covered shellfish and crustacean species such as crab, mussels, prawns, scallop, oysters and lobster; pelagic species such as herring, mackerel, and horse mackerel; whitefish such as monk and pollock; and organic salmon.

Sofrimar was established in 1979 to harness the abundant supply of shellfish and whitefish landed at Kilmore Quay working with the local fishing community.

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