December 27, 2016
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The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is looking for the best Alaska seafood products for their 24th annual Symphony of Seafood. Since 1994, the competition has brought creative and innovative seafood products to the table to be judged and celebrated. From smoked fish and Pollock burgers, to pet treats and salmon enriched skin cream, to their newest product category Beyond the Egg that highlights roe.
“We would really like to get the word out about the Beyond the Roe category because I think that a lot of folks don’t know about it still.”
Julie Decker is the Executive Director of AFDF. She says that last year there was only one entry in the roe category and they hope to get more for next year’s competition.
“It’s kind of a new area of development for some companies and the seafood industry, but it is also a really important part of the industry and an important area as far as value and nutrition. So we want to stick with it and try to make it a more well-known category in the competition. Hopefully, it will encourage additional product development for roe.”
It is the third year for the Beyond the plate category. Decker says it has brought a variety of new items made from seafood waste or by-products to the symphony.
“We’ve had oils, we have had specialty pet food treats, jewelry and wallets and salmon leather products, and there was fish bone broth. So it is very wide open and your imagination is the only limiting factor.”
Products are judged on packaging and presentation, overall taste, value and there potential on the market. The call for products deadline is January 6th, 2017.
“When it just covered the Retail and Food Service categories, there was a smaller section of the industry that could enter a product; now with the Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg categories it has opened up to a lot larger number of companies. So it’s important to emphasize that, companies that are making products out of Alaska seafood, all of those companies are eligible to apply. It just has to be a product made out of Alaska seafood and has to be commercial ready.”
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