Wild Alaska Pollock proved the key ingredient in Trident Seafoods’ road to success in the 2018 Alaska Symphony of Seafood.
Trident’s Protein Noodles, made with wild Alaska Pollock, took first prize in retail competition and won the Seattle People’s Choice award, while Wild Alaska Pollock Oil by Alaska Naturals Pet Products, a Trident subsidiary, took first place in Beyond the Plate competition.
Alaska Cod Dumplings by Tai Foong USA placed first in food service with its Alaska Cod Dumplings.
A panel of judges evaluated all entries based on product packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.
The Symphony’s Seattle Open House on Sept. 14, hosted by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation in collaboration with the Northwest Fisheries Association, allowed guests to sample each product and vote on their favorite.
Trident’s Protein Noodles, to be sold in four eight-ounce packages, are a flavor neutral, surimi-based product that will accept other flavors from sauces and more, and may be eaten hot or cold, said Julie Decker, executive director of AFDF.
Tai Foong’s cod dumplings, featuring wild caught Alaska cod, have a nice amount of cod inside and good texture, she said. They will go to food service operations ready to heat either in microwave ovens or in steamers.
The Wild Alaska Salmon Oil, packaged in eight-ounce and 32-ounce containers for dogs, and four-ounce containers for cats, is high in omega 3 fatty acids, and recommended for pets’ skin, coast and immune systems.
First, second and third place winners in each category, plus the grand prize winner and People’s Choice winner in Juneau, are to be announced on Feb. 19 at the Symphony’s legislative reception in Juneau, which AFDF is co-hosting with United Fishermen of Alaska.
First place winners in each category and the grand prize winner will get booth space at the Seafood Expo North America March 17-19 in Boston, plus air fare donated by sponsor Alaska Air Cargo, plus entry into the SENA new products contest, Seafood Excellence Awards.
Major sponsors of this year’s competition include the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Northwest Fisheries Association, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, At-Sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association, Kwik’Pak Fisheries LLC, Trident Seafoods, UniSea and United Fishermen of Alaska.