Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced today that the Call for Product for the Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2016 is now available. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a competition for value-added products made from Alaska seafood. Entry forms and fees will be due by January 8, 2016. All information will be available at AFDF’s website.
A new category will also be introduced this year called, Beyond the Egg and will broadly include products made with roe or uni, such as jarred ikura, herring roe-on-kelp, uni paste, or uni crème brulee. “A significant portion of the value and health benefits in any fishery resource is found in the roe. Now, the Alaska Symphony of Seafood will have a category in which these valuable roe products will be recognized and promoted, and further product development will be encouraged,” said Julie Decker, Executive Director of AFDF. “The Beyond the Egg category will join Beyond the Plate, which was a new category in 2015 and wildly successful. We are pleased to offer these new categories which reflect exciting recent developments in the seafood industry.”
Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate, or Beyond the Egg. Product entries are then individually evaluated by a panel of expert judges during a private judging session. Evaluations are based on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success. First, second, third and grand prize winners will be awarded, as well as the People’s Choice from each promotional event.
The winners will be given an opportunity to display their winning products at Seafood Expo North America in Boston. Promotional events will also be held in Seattle, Juneau and Anchorage during the month of February, 2016. The event’s multiple locations give companies the opportunity to introduce new value-added seafood products made from Alaska seafood and gain exposure with industry and culinary experts, seafood distributors, and national media. The overall goal is to inspire innovative ways to use Alaska’s natural seafood resources.
About the Alaska Symphony of Seafood
Since 1993, 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. The Symphony was created by AFDF to promote value-added product development for seafood harvested in Alaska by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a wide variety of companies and organizations that together, are building the future of the Alaska seafood industry. For more information, visit the link.
About the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is a private, non-profit organization created in 1978 for the purpose of further developing Alaska’s seafood industry. Since its conception, AFDF has worked with harvesters, processors and the support sector to turn challenges into opportunities through applied research and development and by balancing economic benefits with sustainability principles. For more information, visit our website.
Entry forms and fees will be due by January 8, 2016. All information will be available at AFDF’s website. More information about Alaska Symphony of Seafood Call for Product 2016 and Dates are available now.