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03/14/2022

Seafood Excellence Awards Winners Revealed

Best new retail, foodservice products unveiled at Seafood Expo North America
Bridget Goldschmidt
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At the 2022 Seafood Expo North America, DOM International won the Best New Retail Product Seafood Excellence Award for its DOM Reserve Salmon Poké.

The 2022 Seafood Excellence Awards winners were presented on the first day of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, which is taking place March 13-15 in Boston. Toronto-based DOM International Ltd. won the Best New Retail Product nod for its DOM Reserve Salmon Poké, whileBakkafrost, based in the Faroe Islands, received the Best New Foodservice Product award for its Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon.

The winners were chosen from a group of finalists during a live judging session the morning of the awards ceremony by a panel of seafood buyers and industry experts from the retail and foodservice industries. This year’s panel included judges from BJ’s Wholesale Club, Albertsons Cos. and Levy Restaurants.

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

The Seafood Excellence Awards recognize the product leaders in the North American seafood market. Products are judged according to several criteria, among them 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, bringing together buyers and international suppliers looking to meet, network and conduct business in the North American market. The trade show is produced by Portland, Ore.-based Diversified Communications.

Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons, which operates more than 2,200 retail stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under more than 20 well-known banners, is No. 8 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America. Westborough, Mass.-based BJ’s, which operates 226 clubs and 157 BJ’s Gas locations in 17 states, is No. 27 on PG’s list.

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