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Florida Seafood Sales Total $18 Million at North America’s Largest Seafood Trade Event
Seven Companies Participated at International Boston Seafood Show
Tallahassee, FL – With support from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, seven Florida companies sold more than $18 million of seafood products at the three-day International Boston Seafood Show this month.
“Florida boasts a wide variety of high-quality seafood products,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “We’re proud to bring Florida companies to Boston where they can showcase their seafood products for buyers from around the world.”
The event at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center hosted seven Florida companies:
Shaw’s Southern Belle Frozen Foods
Frenchy’s Stone Crab Company
Water Street Seafood
On display were snapper, grouper, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, spiny lobster, stone crab claws, farm-raised shrimp, oysters, farm-raised clams, blue crab and wild-caught shrimp. Chef Justin Timineri, Florida’s Culinary Ambassador, cooked and offered samples to interested buyers.
This was the 23rd year the department has worked to bring Florida seafood suppliers to this event, the largest in North America, with more than 1,000 exhibitors and 19,000 buyers from 100 countries across the globe.
Florida ranks among the top 12 states in the nation for fresh seafood production. Florida fishermen harvest more than 100 million pounds of seafood annually, including all of the nation’s spiny lobster, 97 percent of stone crabs and 84 percent of grouper, pompano, mullet, pink shrimp and Spanish mackerel. More than 85 different varieties of seafood are harvested in Florida.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.