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Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Best New Retail and Best New Foodservice Products in Seafood Honored at Seafood Expo North America

Boston, MA (March 11, 2018) – The 2018 Seafood Excellence Awards winners were announced today at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, taking place March 11-13 in Boston.  Iceland’s Finest won the “Best New Retail Product” award for its Creamy Masago Bites and Thai Union – Chicken of the Sea won the “Best New Foodservice Product” award for its Yellowfin Tuna Slices.

Winners were selected from a group of 12 finalists during a live judging by a panel of seafood buyers and industry experts from the retail and foodservice industries. This year’s judges included Johnny Poche, Director of Culinary/R&D Chef, Maggiano’s; Mark Hogan, Director of Center of the Plate Category, SGC Foodservice; and Andy Caron, Assistant Category Manager, Hannaford Brothers.

Finalists were previously selected through a screening of products participating in the     Seafood Expo North America New Product Showcase.  The New Product Showcase features seafood products, condiments and culinary dishes launched in the past year by exhibiting companies.

The Seafood Excellence Awards recognize the product leaders in the North American seafood market.  The new products are judged based on several criteria, including uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.

Co-located with Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo North America is North America’s largest seafood trade event, drawing more than 22,600 seafood professionals from more than 120 countries and 1,340 exhibiting companies.

Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America is produced by Diversified Communications.

About Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America:

Seafood Expo North America/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 exhibition 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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