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The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is set to take the Main Stage at the Pacific Marine Expo on November 9 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. to celebrate the 30th year of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. This annual competition is for commercial-ready, value-added products made with Alaska seafood. The Symphony presents an exciting platform that supports companies investing in product development that helps to further promote new products and competitively position Alaska seafood in national and global markets.

Peter Pan Seafood was deemed the 2023 Grand Prize Winner by creating a recipe of Wild Caught Alaska Salmon with Ribbon Kelp Chimichurri. Michael De Caro previously shared with National Fisherman about his process of creating the recipe.

“The biggest challenge on behalf of this process was getting it to be commercially viable and getting it to where it can be produced by a factory, run through the sauce machine and all the other gizmos we must use,” De Caro mentioned in the article.

This year’s AFDF session is set to give companies head starts in the process behind creating a commercial product for the competition.

The 2023 panel is made up of AFDF staff including, Julia Cisco, Executive Administrator who organizes the Alaska Symphony of Seafood and comes from a backend of extensive processing and fishing experience in Alaska. Peter Warden, Accelerator Analyst of AFDF will further share the first-place winners of the 2024 Alaska Symphony of Seafood, how previous participants have leveraged the Symphony platform and continue increase sales and market exposure of their new products.

Cisco and Warden will also touch on strategies for product development and commercialization with support from AFDF’s Startup Accelerator. To learn more about this session visit this Pacific Marine Expo’s agenda session.

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Carli is a Content Specialist for National Fisherman. She comes from a fourth-generation fishing family off the coast of Maine. Her background consists of growing her own business within the marine community. She resides on one of the islands off the coast of Maine while also supporting the lobster community she grew up in.

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