Trident’s Protein Noodles took top honors at the Symphony of Seafood, winning first place in the retail category and the Seattle’s People’s Choice. The top winners were announced Monday at Pacific Marine Expo.

The refrigerated noodles are pollock-based and touted as a high protein, gluten free alternative to wheat-based pastas that contain loads of carbs and sugars.  Just heat them up and add sauce! The protein noodles will debut at Costco stores early next year.

Trident also won first place in the Beyond the Plate category for its Alaska Natural Pet pollock oil.

For food service, Alaska Cod Dumplings from Tai Foong USA was the winner.

A total of 10 products were unveiled at the latest Symphony, which has showcased value added seafood items from Alaska for 26 years.

Julie Decker is director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, host of the event.

“It starts at the boat. The quality level that fishermen are producing has gone up over the past 25 years and it is directly related to the quality you can manufacture into value added products.  You can do more things with it and they turn out much better. We are doing better as an industry across the board and it’s part of the reason we want to keep fishermen involved in this event even though they are not typically involved in value added manufacturing. But they are important to the process because when they do better, everybody does better.” 

The Symphony moves to Juneau on February 19 where second and third place winners will be announced along with a Grand Prize winner.

The winning products are entered into Seafood Expo North America’s new product competition in Boston in March.