2016 Seafood Excellence Awards finalists announced
Twelve of the best new products in seafood will compete for two prestigious 2016 Seafood Excellence Awards, recognizing the best new products released in the North American market over the past 18 months.
Four products are up for the Best New Foodservice award, while eight will compete for the Best New Retail Product award. The winners will be announced at the Seafood Expo North America & Seafood Processing North America event, taking place 6 to 8 March in Boston. Each finalists’ product will be showcased during the three-day event.
Vinh Hoan Corporation’s Char Marked Barramundi, High Liner Foods’ Simply Sauce Seafood Bites, Azuma Foods Internationals Inc.’s Tobikko Umami and Trident Seafoods’ SeaFusions Pacific Cod Bites will compete for the prize in the Best New Foodservice category.
The eight products competing for Best New Retail Product are: Bantry Bay America Inc.’s Mussels in a Creamy Stout Sauce, Santa Barbara Smokehouse’s Honey Glazed Oak Roasted Salmon, Aqua Star’s Crab & Shrimp Seafood Feast, Premier Marine Canada’s Waterview Market Shrimp with Sauce, Phillips Foods’ Shrimp Toast, Alaskan Jack’s Seafood Corporation’s Frontier Harvest Alaskan Jack’s Gold Premium Pineapple-Teriyaki Sockeye, Absolutely Lobster’s Absolutely Lobster Homemade Tomato Sauces and French Creek Seafoods’ Kickin’ Seafood Chili.
The 2016 finalists were selected from nearly 60 entries in the exposition’s New Product Showcase. The products were evaluated by three seafood industry experts based on their uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.
Winners of the competition will be presented during the Seafood Excellence Awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, 6 March 2016 at 3:30 p.m. EST, in the Demonstration Theater at the Expo.
Show organizer Diversified Communications, the parent company to SeafoodSource.com, will present the awards, which were created to feature, recognize and showcase the best new seafood products available on the showroom floor in Boston annually.