Today (30 October 2019) is the 60th birthday of our founder and MD Andrew Coulbeck, who has worked in fish since he joined his father’s family business at the tender age of 16. To mark this milestone, Andy muses for us on some of his memories of the industry in Grimsby.
This year’s Seafood Expo was just as awesome as ever, with over 1,900 exhibiting companies attending from 78 countries around the world. Even our Andy - who has worked in seafood for more than 40 years and attended many Brussels shows – found it astonishing. New technology, packaging innovations, sustainability initiatives, products and of course the most amazing fish. Potentially a new gem round every corner to make pounding the aisles and the tired feet worthwhile!
So, what were our Brussels highlights this year?
On our first morning we were greeted by the biggest yellowfin tuna we’d ever seen, the centrepiece of a magnificent display of fresh species by Turkish finfish company, Group Sagun. We spent some useful time catching up with colleagues at the GlobalG.A.P stand, to find out about the progress of their aquaculture sustainability certification programme, in which we have been a certified chain of custody supplier since 2015.
We were also keen to find out about Marine Harvest’s rebrand to Mowi – re-adopting the name this business started out with way back in 1964. We’ve worked with Marine Harvest for about 40 years - right back to when it first went into salmon farming - so it was good for us to catch-up with the team and the name change and find out more about the company’s plans for the future.
New technology was everywhere, for instance impressive net-cleaning technology on the Stranda stand, complete with high-tech chairs for remote control! The pace of change is incredible and it’s fantastic the hard work our suppliers are putting in to make sure farmed fish are as healthy as possible. It all means an even better product in the end.
Finally, the beautiful city of Brussels was as entertaining as ever, especially when Mr Coulbeck Sr tried to get to grips with one of those lime-coloured Brussels scooters! A fascinating few days that gave us all lots to think about.
Jack Coulbeck, Commercial Manager