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Alaska Symphony of Seafood Announces Winners of New Products Contest

Tridents Seafoods’ Wild Alaskan Peppered and Smoked Sockeye Salmon wins Grand Prize

ANCHORAGE (Feb. 14, 2011) — The Alaska Symphony of Seafood announced today the winners of its 18th annual New Products Contest judging event held in Seattle. The competition enlists chefs and industry experts to pick the best new seafood products each year. The winners were announced Friday at the Gala Soiree in Anchorage, where contestants, industry representatives, media and attendees gathered to celebrate and toast the winners.

This year’s first place winners included: Crispanko Alaska Pollock Mini-Sliders by Trident Seafoods in the Foodservice category, SteamWell Seafood Entrees – Sockeye Salmon with Tuscan Herb Sauce by Orca Bay Seafoods in the Retail Category and Wild Alaskan Peppered and Smoked Sockeye Salmon by Trident Seafoods in the Smoked category.  The grand prize, awarded to the product that received the most overall votes, also went to Wild Alaskan Peppered and Smoked Sockeye Salmon by Trident Seafoods.

“The Symphony is lots of fun, but it’s always a challenge.  We take the competition seriously, and it’s a great honor to win the independent professional judging as well as the vote of the people in Seattle,” says John Van Amerongen from Trident Seafoods.

The first place winners from each category, and the grand prize winner, will receive booth space at the distinguished International Boston Seafood Show in March, as well as airfare to and from the show.

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood New Products Contest kicked off on February 3rd in Seattle, where the 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.

This year’s judges included: Tom Hassenauer with Food Services of America, Ron Steckler of Chang International, Omar Field with Ivar’s, Audrey Jones with Tom Douglas Restaurants, Larry Andrews with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Amy Pennington with Go Go Green Garden, Robert Sevcik with Rover’s and food writers Judith Dern, Jessica Voelker and Melissa Trainer.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, At-sea Processors Association, Northwest Fisheries Association, Trident Seafoods, Alaska Longline Company, Marine Stewardship Council, American Seafoods Company, Yardarm Knot, NFS Surefish, Commercial Fishing and Agricultural Bank, Alaska Air Cargo, Alaskan Brewing Co., Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Copper River Seafoods, Ocean Beauty and Northern Air Cargo.

The Gala Soiree concluded with the announcement of the Anchorage People’s Choice winner, Wayne Carpenter’s Candysmoke, based on the attendees’ votes.

For a complete list of this year’s winners go to: http://www.symphonyofseafood.com.

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About Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Since 1993, the Alaska Symphony of Seafood has celebrated creative and innovative ideas in the seafood industry, bringing together a host of new products before a panel of judges and the public.  It was created by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation to promote new product development for seafood harvested in Alaskan waters by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a wide variety of companies and organizations that together, are building the future of the Alaska fishing industry.  For more information, visit: www.symphonyofseafood.com.

About Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) was chartered as the first fisheries development corporation in 1978 after passage of the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act claiming the marine resources from 3 to 200 miles off our shores.  For 33 years, AFDF has worked in support of the Alaskan commercial fishing industry with accomplishments such as bringing surimi technology from Japan to the first shore-based processing facility in Alaska, Steller Sea Lion research, and bringing Beech Nut Foods & Ocean Beauty Seafoods together to produce Beech Nut Wild Alaskan Salmon and Sweet Potato Baby Food.  It is a 501 C (3) private non-profit entity, and has hosted the acclaimed Alaska Symphony of Seafood for eighteen years as a showcase for new products from Alaska’s fishery resources and has supported technological advancements and educational outreach in all areas of the seafood industry.  For more information, visit www.afdf.org

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