Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, in collaboration with UAF’s Fisheries Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak, University of Illinois Food Science Department, and USDA ARS, is working to help develop baby food products from Alaska’s wild salmon. A USDA grant totaling $460 K was awarded to UAF FITC and AFDF for this project.
AFDF successfully worked with Ocean Beauty Seafood LLC and Beech-Nut Nutrition Company to help bring wild salmon flesh in babyfood to the market. In 2008, Beech-Nut Nutrition Company announced their new line of DHA-Plus Stage 3 babyfood that included “Sweet Potatoes & Wild Alaskan Salmon”. The product label notes that it “supports brain & eye development and digestive health”. The “Alaska Seafood” logo is prominent on the label.
AFDF continues to work with the University of Alaska Fisheries Industrial Tech Center and USDA Agricultural Research Service on further development of alternative uses of salmon including flesh, oils, and roe products in babyfood. Information on the DHA-Plus products can be found through Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation.