Trident Seafoods’ Protein Noodle has taken the new product competition by storm this year. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood announced its winners from the show floor of Pacific Marine Expo, awarding the gluten-free pollock-based noodle first place in the Retail category as well as winner of the Seattle People’s Choice award.

"I really want to thank the founder of our company, Chuck Bundrant," said John Salle of Trident Seafoods.

Salle thanked the fishermen and the research and development arm of Trident Seafoods for looking for ways to bring more fish to more people and make Alaska seafood more convenient.

Trident's noodles will be available in Costco after the first of the year in 2019.

"Make your resolution the noodle revolution," Salle said.

Alaska Cod Dumplings from Tai Foong USA took top prize in the Foodservice category. Wild Alaska Pollock Oil won Beyond the Plate for Alaska Natural Pet Products, which is a Trident division.

The Symphony of Seafood, an Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation competition, held its 26th annual judging panel last week in Seattle. Six companies entered 10 products in three categories. Other intriguing innovations included Rainbow Peppercorn Wild Alaska Salmon Jerky by Fishpeople Seafood, Wild Caught Cod with Thai Curry from Alaskan Leader Seafoods and an chitosan-based odor preventer by Tidal Vision.

"If you have a retail or foodservice product you’ve been dreaming of, go for it!” said Keith Singleton of Alaskan Leader Seafoods, which won the Retail category last year for Lemon Herb Butter Cod.

Julie Decker, executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, was on hand to congratulate winners and all participants.

The next phase of the competition moves on to Juneau on Feb. 19, where Decker will announce a Grand Prize winner, singling out the best among all categories, as well as the Juneau People’s choice, and second and third places overall.

The top entries will be entered in the Seafood Expo North America New Product Competition. Winners of that global seafood products contest will be announced at the Boston show in March.

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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