Winners Of The Alaska Symphony Of Seafood Announced
by Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
Posted: 2017-11-27 16:19:33 EST

Wrangell, Alaska  – Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced the 1st place winners of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood during Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, on Friday, November 17th.  The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is an annual contest for new value‐added products made from Alaska Seafood.  The goal of the Symphony is to increase the value of Alaska Seafood by encouraging product development which diversifies markets, utilizes more of the resource, and reduces fish waste.

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood kicked off on November 15th in Seattle with the private judging session.  Each product entered into the competition is grouped into one of four categories:  Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg.  Product entries are individually evaluated in each category by a panel of expert judges.  The competition enlisted chefs, food scientists, and industry experts to pick the best new Alaska Seafood products of the year.  In Seattle, the judges tasted, deliberated and scored all the products.  Evaluations were based on product packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.  

Also on November 15th, AFDF held the Seattle Open House in collaboration with the Northwest Fisheries Association.  At this event, the guests sampled each product and voted on their favorite product. The votes were tallied that evening and the winner was awarded the Seattle People’s Choice (also listed below).

This year’s first place winners in each category include:

 RETAIL:  Premium Wild Caught Alaskan Cod with Lemon Herb Butter by Alaskan Leader Seafoods

 FOODSERVICE:  Hot and Spicy Wild Alaskan Pollock Fish Sandwich by Trident Seafoods

 BEYOND THE PLATE:  Cod Crunchies Pet Treats by Alaskan Leader Seafoods  

 BEYOND THE EGG:  Wild Alaska Pollock Roe – Barako Style

 SEATTLE PEOPLE’S CHOICE:  Jack Link’s Salmon Jerky by Link Snacks, Inc.

Upon receiving the first place awards in the Retail and Beyond the Plate categories, Keith Singleton of Alaskan Leader Seafoods said, “From the Captains, to the deckhands on our ships, and all the way through the company to the office employees, this was one big team effort.   This experience was very rewarding and we can’t wait to compete again next year!”

This years’ judges included:  Dr. Alex Oliveria with BluWrap, Jess Hathaway with National Fisherman, Jeff Cox with Sysco, Tomi Marsh with Fishes and Dishes, Jeremy Woodrow and Victoria Parr with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, David Levy with Central Market and Paige Bloskey with FareStart.

This years’ judges included:  Dr. Alex Oliveria with BluWrap, Jess Hathaway with National Fisherman, Jeff Cox with Sysco, Tomi Marsh with Fishes and Dishes, Jeremy Woodrow and Victoria Parr with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, David Levy with Central Market and Paige Bloskey with FareStart.

All of the winners, including the Grand Prize Winner, Juneau and Seattle People’s Choice, and first, second, and third places, will be announced on February 27th at the Symphony Awards Ceremony and Legislative Reception in Juneau, Alaska, held in collaboration with the United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA).

AFDF thanks all of the sponsors that make this special event possible each year.  Our major sponsors this year include:  Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, At‐sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Alaskan Brewing Company, Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association, Kwik’Pak Fisheries LLC, Trident Seafoods, UniSea and United Fishermen of Alaska.

Source: Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation