Symphony of Seafood 2014
January 27 2014

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. It’s time to celebrate seafood. I’ll tell you more after this …

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It’s that time of the year again when the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation hosts their annual seafood celebration the Symphony of Seafood. For over 20 years the A.F.D.F event has helped introduce new products to the seafood market.

 

“ Not only has it been around for 21 years, there has literally been hundreds of products developed with Alaska seafood and promoted through this event.”

 

Julie Decker is the Executive Director for A.F.D.F.

 

“Developing new products is really hard for the companies involved. It cost a lot of money, takes a lot of time and attention, and sometimes the products are wonderful and sometimes they are not. So this event really helps companies determine how the market place is going to receive their product.”

Eleven products from seven different companies are competing in this years Symphony.

“The categories are retail service, food service, and smoked. The winners of these three categories get to utilize the winner status when promoting their product and they also get to go to the Boston Seafood Show and promote them nationally.”

A few of the product being judged this year are a wild Alaska beer batter cod and a ready grilled pollock filet.

“It’s a 4oz. portion, it’s ready to eat out of the package. And it is such a huge part of the resource up here that doing more with it is really a good idea. So that is going to be a very interesting product to try.”

 

There will also be Ocean Beauty’s all natural Salmon Jerky made with Keta and  Aqua Cuisines Little Sammies in a blanket made with salmon franks, along with many more delicious new products to try. The judging event will be held in Seattle at the Hilton hotel February 5th.  The winners will be announced at the Hilton in Anchorage February 13th. Tickets go on sale this week.

 

“I think it is also a time for us to recognize the companies that are doing this work. Product development is key to moving the industry forward. We expect to have a good time and really celebrate what product development has been happening over this last year for Alaska seafood.”

 

 

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Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods.  Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America. www.oceanbeauty.com . In Kodiak I’m Stephanie Mangini.

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