Alaska Symphony of Seafood

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Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Announces the 25th Alaska Symphony of Seafood – New timeline and event at Pacific Marine Expo

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced today that it will hold the 25th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2018. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a competition for new value-added products made from Alaska seafood. The overall goal is to inspire innovative ways to fully utilize and increase the value of Alaska’s seafood. Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg.

In response to requests from seafood companies, and in an effort to continuously improve the Symphony, the timeline of the competition will be changed significantly this year. These changes will provide more lead time and allow winning products to also be included in national and international competitions, giving winners additional exposure and value.

The Call for Product will be released in mid-August, 2017. Entry forms and fees will be due by October 6, 2017. All information will be available at AFDF’s website: www.afdf.org/symphony-of-seafood/. Judging and open house events will be held in Seattle (week of November 13, 2017) and Juneau (mid- February, 2018). The winners will be given an opportunity to display their winning products at the Seafood Expo North American (SENA) in Boston (March 11-13, 2018). New this year, the winners will also be entered into SENA’s Seafood Excellence Awards (SEA).

This year, being a special 25th anniversary of the Symphony, AFDF will be collaborating with Diversified Communications to hold a unique sponsorship at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle on November 16-19, 2017. The activities will include a special “Hall of Fame” displaying 25 years of winning products, a panel presentation about the importance of product development for the seafood industry, announcement of the Seattle People’s Choice, as well as other promotional activities.

Product entries are individually evaluated in each category 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 and third place winners from each category are crowned, as well as an overall grand prize, Seattle People’s Choice and Juneau People’s Choice.

AFDF depends upon sponsorships to fund this event each year. AFDF would like to recognize and thank our major sponsors from last year: 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.

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 event was created by AFDF 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.afdf.org/symphony-of-seafood/.

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 by utilizing the broad perspective of seafood harvesters, processors and support sector businesses. Since its conception, AFDF has been dedicated to identifying problems common to the Alaska seafood industry and developing efficient, sustainable solutions that provide benefits to the economy, environment and communities. For more information, visit www.afdf.org.