All clear by September? Seafood Show thinks so

Mike Troy
Editorial Director
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COVID-19 threw off the rhythm of retail this year as the normally event heavy months of March, April and May saw numerous cancellations and postponements. Now, the optimistic organizers of those event have settled on September and October as the time frame by which the retail industry will be functioning normally. Meanwhile, organizers of events slated for June and beyond are holding firm.

One major show which recently committed to a new date in September is the annual Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, show organized by Diversified Communications. Originally scheduled for March 15-18 in Boston, organizers of North America’s largest seafood show set new dates of September 23-24.

“While navigating this unprecedented situation, we know there is a need for business continuity and are committed to providing a platform that will bring back together the industry suppliers and buyers who, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, were prevented from meeting in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Liz Plizga, group vice president of Diversified Communications. “It is fair to say that this year’s event will not be like any other years. However, the team is dedicated to delivering a high-quality event and services that are as similar as possible to what our customers have come to expect over the years.”

The September dates were carefully chosen in consideration of the recent escalating situation with COVID-19, the venue availability, as well as feedback from customers and high-volume retail and foodservice key buyers from North America, according to a statement from Diversified Communications.

Other shows have taken similar action. Shoptalk, originally scheduled for March 22-25, pushed back to Sept. 14-17, the original dates for for the parent company's GroceryShop event, which was pushed into early 2021. The Private Label Manufacturers Association rescheduled its annual meeting and leadership conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 26-28 to Oct. 5-7 in Washington, D.C. The Digital Signage Expo event scheduled to begin March 31 was moved to Sept. 15-18 in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, other events scheduled for this summer are holding firm on their dates, hoping public health officials provide the clearance the nation’s retail industry needs to resume normal operations.

For a complete list of event cancellations and postponements, visit our event calendar.