Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announces the entries for the 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2017. This year, products entered are grouped into four categories. Listed below by category are the names of the companies, followed by the names of the products:
• Authentic Alaska – Dear North, Alaska Smoked Sockeye Salmon
• Authentic Alaska – Dear North, Alaska Salmon Bites
• Bambinos Baby Food, Sockeye Salmon Bisque
• Odyssey, Sockeye Spinach Feta Salmon Burger
• Orca Bay, Orca Bay’s Jjamppong (Korean Seafood Noodle Soup)
• Oregon Seafoods, SeaFare Pacific Salmon Chowder
• Trident Seafoods, Louis Kemp Hawaiian Poke Snackits
• Coppa, Candied Salmon Ice Cream
• Deckhand Seafoods, Canned Smoked Sockeye
• Odyssey, Seafood Cakes with Dungeness
• Orca Bay, Orca Bay’s Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup)
• Trident Seafoods, Sealegs Real Simple Surimi
Beyond the Plate:
• Salmon Sisters, Salmon Leather Tote Bag
• Tidal Vision, Salmon Leather Clutch
• Tidal Vision, Crystal Clarity
• Trident Seafoods, Alaska Naturals Alaska Salmon Pet Oil
Beyond the Egg:
• Triad Fisheries, Bruce Gore Coho Salmon Bottarga
• Trident Seafoods, Kasu Alaska Pollock Roe
Developing new products is a risky investment. The goal of the Symphony is to increase the value of Alaska’s seafood by encouraging and promoting new products which diversify markets, utilize more of the resource, and reduce fish waste. The Symphony plays an important role in helping new Alaska seafood products be successful in the marketplace.
“In the 24th year of this annual competition, we are still seeing high quality and innovative new products made out of Alaska seafood,” said Julie Decker, Executive Director of AFDF. “This year, the competition will be high in the Retail category, with seven new products competing for the winner in that category. We also have some exciting new Beyond the Plate products made with chitosan, oil, and leather, as well as Beyond the Egg products made with pollock and salmon roe. I wish the best of luck to all of the entrants.”
Marc Wheeler, owner of Coppa, a Juneau-based retail store which offers coffee, homemade ice cream and delicious local food, says, “I am excited to be participating in this event for the first time. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!”
Product entries will be 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/consumer 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 in Seattle and Juneau. In March, the first place winners will be given an opportunity to display their winning products at Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston.
The Seattle Open House and judging will be held on January 25th. The Juneau Legislative Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on February 22nd.
Thanks to our Sponsors
The sponsors deserve special recognition, because these forward-thinkers understand that “a rising tide floats all boats”. AFDF would like to thank the major sponsors of this event. A full list of the sponsors is available on our website and on other promotional materials at each event. Information about sponsorship levels and benefits for 2017 can be found here. It is not too late to sponsor for 2017!
2017 Major Sponsors:
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association, At-Sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Association, Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association, 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. It 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 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 by utilizing a broad perspective of seafood harvesters, processors and support sector businesses. Since its inception, 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 our website.