SEAFOOD EXPO NORTH AMERICA 2017
By Madelyn Kearns, Editor
Published on Sunday, March 19, 2017
Fishpeople Seafood and Open Blue were announced as the winners of the 2017 Seafood Excellence Awards today, 19 March, at the Seafood Expo North / Seafood Processing North America event in Boston, Massachusetts. Fishpeople won the “Best New Retail” award for its Seafood Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaska Salmon Kit, and Open Blue won the “Best New Foodservice” award for its Frozen Open Blue Cobia Fillet.
A panel of judges comprised of seafood buyers and industry experts from the retail and foodservice sectors selected the winners following a live tasting of product finalists during the exposition. The judges included James Leduc, Purchasing Manager at US Foods/All American Foods, Jason Resner, Vice President of Meat & Seafood Merchandising at Price Chopper/MARKET32, and Marc Warsetsky, Director of Product Innovation at Captain D’s.
Product uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality were all factors considered by the judges when selecting the Seafood Excellence Awards winners.
Competition finalists were chosen through a screening process involving products being featured in the Seafood Expo North America New Product Showcase, which includes an array of condiments and culinary dishes launched in the past year by exhibiting companies.
Seafood Expo North America, which is produced by Diversified Communications, is North America’s largest seafood trade event, welcoming more than 21,600 seafood professionals from more than 100 countries and over 1,340 exhibiting companies to Boston this year from 19 to 21 March.
Fishpeople is exhibiting at Seafood Expo North America at Booth No. 2745, and Open Blue can be found at Booth No. 1859.