Seafood Sliders a hot trend

Published on
March 23, 2009

As smaller-portion, lower-price menus rise in popularity, sliders of all types are fast becoming trendy.
Seafood sliders - including crab cakes, salmon burgers and mahimahi burgers - are one of the hottest trends in both foodservice and retail right now.
"A lot of restaurants and pubs have created slider menus. It is a way to offer a quick lunch menu or a light dinner menu at $7.99 to $8.99 for three sliders with a side of fries," says John Baxter, national sales manager for Seafood America in Warminster, Pa. Seafood America was one of a few companies to launch seafood slider products at last week's International Boston Seafood Show.
Seafood America's Dockside Classics crab sliders are sold in three flavors - Original, Spinach and Feta, and Horseradish and Cheddar - and 12-ounce refrigerated packages of nine, 1.3-ounce sliders retail for between $7.99 and $8.99 on average.
Icelandic USA also recently launched its Seafood Sliders line in three varieties: Unbreaded Salmon, Unbreaded Mahimahi and Breaded Alaska Pollock Square.
This trend originated in the restaurant industry with slider menus such as Ruby Tuesday's beef, turkey, crab and blackened fish "Ruby Minis," and is expanding into supermarkets.
Several supermarket chains are looking at adding packaged seafood sliders and offering sliders in their delis and foodservice areas, says Baxter of Seafood America. In addition, some convenience store operators are looking at adding seafood sliders to their frozen meal and snack offerings.
College and university dining services have even latched on to this trend. Sodexho recently found in a survey it administered that crab cake sliders are one of the top 10 hottest food trends for 2009.

Contributing Editor



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