Top honors at the 20th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafoods were shared by Copper River Seafoods, Triad Fisheries and Aqua Cuisine, with the grand prize going to a CRS entry – Zesty Grill Sockeye Salmon.
Zesty Grill Sockeye Salmon also placed first in the symphony’s retail competition and was selected for the “People’s Choice” award at the symphony’s gala in Anchorage on Feb. 23.
Triad Fisheries won the “People’s Choice” award at the symphony’s Seattle gala for its Alaskan Sablefish Unagi Style, and the same entry garnered Triad first place in food service competition.
Aqua Cuisine claimed first place among smoked fish entries for its Lit’l Sammies cocktail salmon rolls.
Copper River Seafoods placed second in retail competition with its Roasted Garlic Alaskan Cod, one of several other ready to bake and serve fillet products that went into the retail food market in 2012. Orca Bay Seafoods’ Teriyaki Style Sockeye Salmon Seafood Burger was the judges’ choice for third place in retail.
Second place in food service went to Trident Seafoods for its Seafest Alaskan Salmon Loins, and Chang International Inc. took third place with its Sealectables Cod Fish ‘n sticks.
Trident Seafoods took second place in smoked competition with their Smoked Sockeye Salmon Sea Salt nova style, served up on toast points at the galas.
First place winners, as well as People’s Choice winners got free space to promote their products at the International Boston Seafood Show in March, along with round-trip airfare to the event.
The competition kicked off on Feb. 13 in Seattle, where judges tasted, deliberated and selected their favorite products. Evaluations were based on the products’ packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, now in its 34th year of working on behalf of the fishing industry, encourages the development of new retail, food service and smoked seafood products from Alaska through the annual competition.
This year’s major sponsors, in addition to AFDF, included the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, American Seafoods Group, Northwest Fisheries Association, At-Sea Processors Association, Trident Seafoods, Alaska Longline Co., Marine Stewardship Council, the city of Unalaska, Copper River Seafoods, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, and Marel.
Other sponsors included NSF Seafood, Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, Alaskan brewing Co., Port of Seattle, Kwik’Pak fisheries, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., Lynden, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Alaska marine Nutrition, Global Seas, United States Seafood, Signature Seafoods, North Pacific Seafoods, Young deNormandie, Pacific Seafoods, Coastal Transportation, Ken Simpson, Columbia Bank, Northern Air Cargo, Alaska Brand group, Westmar Co., and E&E Seafoods.