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2018 Seafood Excellence Awards Finalists Unveiled

Winners to be announced at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America

Portland, ME (February 21, 2018) – The 12 finalists for the 2018 Seafood Excellence Awards, the prestigious best new products competition at Seafood Expo North America, were just announced. Winners of the competition will be presented during the Seafood Excellence Awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:00pm in the Demonstration Theater during Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston, MA, USA.

The Seafood Excellence Awards annually recognize the product leaders in the North American seafood market. Each year, exhibitors have the opportunity to submit their new products for consideration. Products are evaluated by three seafood industry experts based on their uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.

The 2018 finalists were selected from 84 entries in the exposition’s New Product Showcase and compete for two awards: Best New Foodservice Product and Best New Retail Product.

The finalists for the 2018 Seafood Excellence Awards are:

Acme Smoked Fish Corp.
Blue Hill Bay Smoked Fish Poke Bowl

Australis Aquaculture
Australis Barramundi Hand-Cut Taco Strips

Azuma Foods International Inc., U.S.A.
Lobster Roe Paste

Cedar Bay Grilling Company
Sous Chef Kits – Shrimp Pho Bowl

Cozy Harbor Seafood Inc.
“Lobster Tonight” Lobster Slider Chef’s Kit

Handy Seafood Incorporated
Shrimp Power Bites 

Iceland’s Finest
Iceland´s Finest – Creamy Masago Bites

Kitchens Seafood
Kitchens Seafood Shoreline Feast

MacKnight Smoke House
MacKnight Salmon Crackle – Salt & Vinegar Flavor

Trident Seafoods
Hot & Spicy Alaskan Pollock Fish Sandwich

Trident Seafoods
Wild Caught Alaskan Pollock Skillet Cuts

Thai Union – Chicken of the Sea
Yellowfin Tuna Slices 

Each finalist’s product will be showcased during the three-day event in Boston. 

View all of the entries of the Seafood Excellence Awards.

The Seafood Excellence Awards serve as the North American extension of the Seafood Excellence Global Awards competition, held at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium.  Both Seafood Excellence Awards and Seafood Excellence Global Awards are organized by Diversified Communications, producers of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global and Seafood Expo Asia.

SeafoodSource, produced by Diversified Communications, is the official media for Seafood Expo North America & Seafood Processing North America. As the largest online source for seafood industry news, SeafoodSource will extensively cover the event.

Seafood-industry buyers and processors can learn more about Seafood Expo North America & Seafood Processing North America and register to attend by visiting the exposition’s website,

About Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America

Seafood Expo North America and Seafood Processing North America is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. The exposition is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute. SeafoodSource is the official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media. For more information, visit:

About Diversified Communications

Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. The company’s global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit:

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