“They were a four time winner at this event. That’s never happened before. It really speaks to the quality and innovation of this new product. It really blew everything out of the water.”
Julie Decker is director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, host of the Symphony for 26 years.
The protein noodles won first place in the retail category, the People’s Choice awards in Juneau and at an earlier event in Seattle and the overall grand prize.
The new products contest played to a packed house last week as part of United Fishermen of Alaska’s annual legislative reception where everyone gets to sample and vote on the goods. Decker says it’s a great chance for policy makers to mix with people in Alaska’s statewide seafood industry.
“There were lots of legislators there. A number of them presented awards. Sen. Murkowski was there and she gave away the grand prize award. Governor’s press secretary also gave away an award and a number of people from the governor’s office attended.”
The Symphony kicks off at Pacific Marine Expo in late November where the judging and first place winners are announced. All others are kept under wraps until the Juneau event.
First place in the Food Service category was Alaska Cod Dumplings by Tai Foong USA, followed by Trident’s Entrée Redi pollock fillet portions.
The Beyond the Plate category features items made from fish byproducts. Winners were Wild Alaska Pollock Oil by Alaska Naturals Pet Products and Tidal Vision’s crab shell based Tidal-Tex Odor Preventer.
Decker gives kudos for the high level of all entries to Alaska fishermen.
“I think it goes to speak to the level of quality on the harvest vessels has increased so much that different companies that do value added products are able to retain that high level of quality at that second stage.”
Top winners are automatically entered into the Seafood Excellence North America competition at the big Seafood Expo North America event this month in Boston.