By Steven Hedlund
Published on Thursday, March 12, 2009
The finalists for the European Seafood Exposition's ninth annual Seafood Prix d'Elite new products competition were announced today by event organizer Diversified Business Communications of Portland, Maine, publisher of SeafoodSource.com.
The winners will be announced during the show at a reception in Auditorium 2000 of the Brussels Exhibition Grounds on 28 April. Awards will be presented to the best new retail and foodservice products.
Last year, Stuehrk Delikatessen Import GmbH & Co. of Marne, Germany, captured the best new retail product for its Bear Biter, a line of Alaska sockeye salmon strips dry slated by hand, traditionally cold smoked and marinated in a variety of flavors. Royal Greenland of Aalborg, Denmark, took the best new foodservice product for its Salmon Tournedos, Atlantic salmon portions wrapped in Danish bacon.
In addition to the two grand prizes, five special awards will be presented for seafood product line, convenience, packaging, originality, and health and nutrition. The products will be judged on taste and overall eating experience, marketability, packaging, convenience, originality and nutritional value.
This year, the 36 finalists represent 22 companies from 11 countries and four continents. They are:
• The Organic Smokehouse of England for its Elderflower Cured Organic Salmon and its Hot Smoked Honey and Thyme Organic Salmon
• Morubel NV of Belgium for its Prawns in Diabolo Sauce
• Gadus of Belgium for its Salmon with Oriental Sauce and Wild Rice
• Deutsche See GmbH of Germany for its Fresh Fish Convenience (Pangasius Fillet Shrimp-Orange); its Seasonal Fresh Fish Convenience (Salmon in Wooden-Leaf); and its Meerrauch®-Innovative new Smoke von Deutsche See (Halibut-Coco-Bite)
• W. Simpson Ltd. of the United Kingdom for its 2 MSC Undyed Saithe Coley Loins Skinless
• Pakyurek AS of Turkey for its Marinated Smoked Dried Mackerel and its Octopus Skewers
• Royal Greenland of Denmark for its Fish‘n Rösti; its Assorted Marinated Prawns; its Thai Prawns with Pepper Mix in Oil; its Cray Fish, Breaded and Battered; and its Kibbelings with Sauce
• Vinh Hoan Corp. of Vietnam for its Seafood Harmony
• Marine Harvest ASA of Belgium for its Rillettes de saumon au Pesto-Kritsen; its Rillettes de saumon au Pesto-Kritsen; its Lightly Dusted Hake-Tomato & Basil; and its Assembly Ready Cod
• Slipper Limpet Processing SAS of France for its Crepidula Cassolette
• Meralliance of France for its Wahoo Fumé
• Salm Invest SA of Belgium for its Les 4 Saisons du Saumon
• Miti of France for its Shrimp Rosace-Light Garlic Sauce
• Alfocan SA of Spain for its Crayfish-Skewers
• Lyons Seafoods Ltd. of the United Kingdom for its Smoked King Prawns 80g and its Smoked King Prawn Salad 240g
• J.C. David of France for its Smoked Haddock Hash
• The Big Prawn Co. Ltd. of the United Kingdom for its Big Prawn Potted Seafood Range
• Groix Et Nature of France for its Mini Scallop confit for gratin baking
• Vichiunai Europe of Belgium for its Gustamar(e) Surimi Croquettes with Shrimps & Vegetable Filling; its Surimi Imperial with Kiwi Taste and its Salmon Potato Balls
• Marky's Caviar of the United States for its Marky's American Bowfin Caviar
• Larsen Danish Seafood A/S of Germany for its Schlemmerfilet express (Gourmet fillets express)
• L & B Taspac Lyford & Burkhart Exports (NZ) Ltd. of New Zealand for its Omega Seafood Cooked Gourmet Clams.