Best New Foodservice Product: Frozen Open Blue Cobia Fillet from Open Blue
Best New Retail Product: Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaska Salmon Kit from Fishpeople Seafood
The Seafood Excellence Awards recognizes and celebrates the best new seafood products in the North American seafood market. Contestants compete in two prestigious award categories:
Three seafood-industry experts judge the new products based on several criteria, including the following: uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, packaging, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.
“The recognition … was a great motivation for our research-and-development chef’s team. In the aftermath of winning the award, there has been a substantial increase in sales across the globe.” —Vikas Seth, Dish Hospitality, corporate executive chef
“We’re really, really pleased. Winning the new products competition was invaluable for a small company such as MacKnight.” — Stephen Nicholson, VP, MacKnight
“We had just started to look to launch the product here in the United States. I couldn’t think of a better way to hit the ground running.” — Raphael Santaella, assistant VP-sales and marketing, CFE International.
“We’ve had amazing reactions from retailers.” — Douglas Park, Cedar Bay Grilling Co.