Napa Seafood Foundation – Gala Fundraiser Dinner, June 8 2022
You are cordially invited to our largest fundraising event of the year, book one more night!
The night before the Napa Seafood Summit begins, The Napa Seafood Foundation will host a fundraising dinner open to Summit’s guests, The Seafood Community, as well as non-seafood-related individuals, and companies to support our current charitable humanitarian and community development initiatives.
Starting on November 22, 2021, the Napa Seafood Foundation will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our Non-Profit organization. We are supporting several exciting projects, including Supporting Tuna Fishers in Indonesia and Feeding Sustainable Growth in Ghana.
The Summit and the Foundation are two separate organizations, but are closely related as many Summit guests donate to The Foundation’s work and are instrumental in the execution of its projects.
The Napa Seafood Foundation is one of the very few foundations that is created by the seafood industry for the seafood industry.
Thank you for your support.
The 7th Edition of the China Seafood Summit: A Major Success
We are thrilled to share that we successfully held the 7th Edition of the China Seafood Summit in the city of Qingdao at the Westin Hotel on October 25th.
In partnership with Top Chinese Seafood Market leaders and the Global Seafood Alliance, following the COVID-19 safety measures and considerations for public events and gatherings, we hosted over one hundred guests in our in-person event.
Similar to our 2020 edition, The China Seafood Summit was broadcast live on the Seafood Guide’s platform. We are very pleased to announce that 73,000 people joined us remotely during the event!
This combination of online and offline formats provided a new experience for the seafood community members from all over the world. They shared their opinions and joined a fruitful discussion about hot topics regarding the Chinese seafood market on our interactive forum.
You can watch the full-event recording for free
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the international seafood trade in China has not yet dissipated. For this reason, the Summit conferences centered on the analysis of local and international seafood market trends, key insights, and the future of innovation in the industry in months to come.
During the event, the participants had the opportunity to network and meet 1:1 before the beginning of the China International Fisheries & Seafood Expo 2021.
Our guests enjoyed the showcase of seafood ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook innovations and new flavors, as well as exclusive presentations of new seafood brands soon to be launched in the Chinese market.
We are very thankful to the Summit organizers, sponsors, keynote speakers, supporters, and guests. We hope to continue growing the event together in our next edition in 2022!
The 7th Edition of the China Seafood Summit is coming!
We invite you to explore new opportunities and get the most recent updates of one of the world’s fastest-changing markets at the 7th Edition of The China Seafood Summit. The China Summit is a half-day event but contains the same signature values as its larger counterpart: the Napa Seafood Summit, with the participation of keynote speakers and seafood experts.
This year, The China Seafood Summit will approach hot topics of the industry that are a must to understand Chinese market trends: consumer behavior, food service, the status of the global seafood industry, and logistics in the aftermath of the pandemic.
The Napa Seafood Summit counterpart will be held on October 26th, 2021, from 14:00 to 17:30, China Standard Time (CST). The in-person event will happen at the Westin Hotel in the framework of the China International Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao.
Similar to its 2020 edition, where 4,700 people live-streamed the event, the China Seafood Summit will have an online version. The recorded content will be available after the event for the seafood community in different time zones.
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The status of international logistics
Guo Qiang, Deputy Manager.
Qingdao Branch of Ocean Network Shipping (China) Co., Ltd.
International logistics have a strong impact on seafood trade performance. Shipping by boat is the most important mean of transportation in China’s import and export trade, accounting for about 90%. Nowadays, shipping costs are skyrocketing, there are container shortages, and shipping delays as common. The pandemic continues. Under the tense situation, buyers are all testing their ability to resist risks. How to grasp Market conditions, adjustment of operating plans, and cost reduction are issues that every trader needs to solve urgently.
Analysis of China’s local seafood production data
Wang Xueguang, Executive Secretary.
China Seafood Products Circulation and Processing Association
In the post-epidemic era, Chinese consumers’ purchase decisions are affected by imported food quarantine requirements, turning their attention to Chinese local seafood products. The demand for seafood continues to rise, black cod has become a dark horse and it entered the fish fillet competition, crayfish production exceeds that of vannamei white shrimp, and tilapia is on the scene. Looking back at 2020, how was the production of fish species compared to now? What holds the future of famous imported and local seafood species?
Status of customs clearance of imported frozen seafood products
Yang Binbin, Dean of Youding Special Research Institute.
Taking the salmon chopping board incident as a starting point, imported seafood products have faced multiple challenges in China this year, such as long detention at ports, increased inspection costs, and unclear risk of returned shipments. As a technology-driven service platform for integrating international trade, warehousing, big data services, and logistics, Youhe International holds 23% of China’s imported frozen meat and seafood products. Its subsidiary Youding Special Research Institute continued to provide the seafood industry with the latest analysis information during the epidemic through its WeChat public account. What is the current customs clearance situation in various cities? Which countries have fewer problems with frozen products? How can importers reduce risks?
Foodservice, catering, and seafood product consumption under the control of the epidemic
Zhao Gang, Vice President.
Shanghai Catering Industry Association.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the foodservice and catering industry has been the first to bear the brunt of the intensive effect of strict government control for health and safety policies compliance. With declining customer flow and rising restaurant and chain operating costs, companies are actively looking for countermeasures, adjusting menus, making full use of takeaway platforms, and providing ready-to-cook or ready-to-eat product services. The category is under pressure due to public opinion, especially imported seafood products, which have been negatively affected in the early stage of the epidemic, but at the same time, strict control has provided new opportunities to tap into.
The status of global seafood production
Steven Hart, Vice President.
Global Seafood Alliance
In recent years, with the upgrading of China’s seafood consumption, the country has gradually transformed from a seafood product producer to a major seafood consumer. Imported salmon, pangasius, white prawns, black tiger prawns, lobsters, cod, etc. are very popular among Chinese consumers. At the same time, local seafood product deep-processing enterprises are steadily expanding the international market with the help of imported raw materials with cost-effectiveness. GSA has always been committed to promoting industry interconnection. With the support of partners in various countries, GSA not only releases global aquatic production reports every year but also regularly summarizes the latest production and consumption trends. How will China’s output fluctuate in 2021? What is the export volume of major seafood producers to China and their future expectations?
Global Seafood Alliance
Napa Seafood Summit
Qingdao Yutai Import and Export Co., Ltd.
Summit Sponsors and Supporters
Ocean Network Shipping (China) Co., Ltd.
St. Andrews Mussels, Chile
Shanghai Hecheng Food Co., Ltd.
Napa Seafood Foundation
Special thanks to:
China Seafood Products Circulation and Processing Association
Atlantic Canadian Chamber of Commerce
2021 Summit News
The Napa Seafood Summit has been postponed to June 9-12, 2022
Strengthening relationships within our global seafood community through a one-of-a-kind networking experience is our passion and purpose. At present, we are facing a worldwide challenge as deep as the ocean and the health and safety of our guests is our top priority. For this reason, and after a meticulous risk assessment and close consultation with our potential guests, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 10th Anniversary Napa Seafood Summit to June 9-12, 2022.
We are thankful to the over 350 potential participants who reached out to us. This represents a record interest in the Napa Seafood Summit that we look forward to continuing to grow as we prepare for the event next year. We value the close relationship with all of our guests and hope this advance notice allows everyone to plan accordingly.
The reasons behind our decision to postpone the Summit to 2022 include:
- The recent and unprecedented winter surge of Covid-19 infections and unexpected mutations worldwide.
- A vaccine that is still relatively new and will take time to have a pronounced and consistent effect.
- The international nature of our event, with guests coming from at least four continents, and the variation of travel and quarantine restrictions in each country.
- The social and networking nature of the Summit, for which in-person interaction is an important aspect.
- Our responsibility to you, our patrons, and our staff and vendors to keep everyone’s health and safety at our not-for-profit event as the top priority.
The return to our familiar ways will take time, and how much exact time remains unclear. But we believe that the health emergency surrounding Covid-19 will be better resolved by 2022 and we will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face again, as we have since 2011. In the meantime, we will create new, safe ways in which we can continue to connect with the seafood community through 2021 and be in touch very soon.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
China Seafood Summit 2020
We are delighted to announce that despite of the COVID-19 we successfully executed the 6th China Seafood Summit in Shanghai on November 10th.
A limited number of selected guests were invited to participate in the in-person event and impressively 4,700 people live-streamed the Summit. The China Seafood Summit is a half-day event, but containing the same signature values as its larger counterpart: the Napa Seafood Summit. The China Seafood Summit partnered up with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) to plan and execute the event.
The event was also supported by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute along with other Chinese and International Fisheries to organize the Summit. The Summit was celebrated within the framework of The Shanghai Global Food Trade-show (FHC).
The keynote conferences focused on Chinese Seafood COVID-19 impact aftermath:
- Market conditions on key species, imports, and exports
- Development outlook of China aquaculture industry
- Changes in the retail industry in responding to the pandemic
- Chinese foodservice opportunities, and challenges
- Latest trends on prepackaged healthy convenience seafood for the omnichannel.
The event also showcased innovative seafood products and culinary demonstrations. The participants had the opportunity to hold 1:1 business networking meetings.
For more information about the 2020 China Seafood Summit, visit: www.chinaseafoodsummit.com
Our Response to COVID-19
We know ongoing health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a lot of uncertainty. The Napa Seafood Summit team is diligently working to ensure our guests have the safest experience possible.
- We pledge to keep our guests informed about event preparation through our website and via email as more information becomes available.
- Final registration for The Napa Seafood Summit won’t begin until early 2021. At this time, we ask potential guests for a no-obligation Preliminary-RSVP which will allow us to begin planning and securing accommodations at Silverado Resort & Spa and other event venues.
- Due to this situation, we’re offering a flexible cancelation policy: Guests who confirm their final registration in early 2021 can cancel up to 30 days before the event to receive a 100% refund.
- Despite some re-opening measures internationally and locally, there are still far too many uncertainties about the impact COVID-19 will have on travel and mass gatherings next year. We are preparing to follow all of the “New Normal” health and safety guidelines and protocols recommended by the WHO and local authorities.
- In case of any extraordinary COVID-19 circumstances affecting the event, updated refund information will be issued and communicated to our guests immediately.
- COVID-19 has made it challenging to talk about the future, but we are confident that by June 2021 we should be through this difficult time.
Please, stay safe.
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