Hot sauce made from kelp and pollock wings are two of the new products claiming awards in this years Alaska Symphony of Seafood new products competition, which recognizes new value-added products made from Alaska seafood.

Bullwhip Hot Sauce by Barnacle Foods took home the top prize in the competition's retail category. Alaska Wild Wings, Southern Style, from High Liner Foods claimed the top prize in the foodservice category, and Alaskan Fin Fish Earrings from Wild by Nature was named top product in the beyond-the-plate category. Wild Alaska Cod Fish & Chips Meal Kit from Alaskan Leader Seafoods took home the Seattle People's Choice award, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF), organizers of the competition, announced Friday.

The Grand Prize Winner will be announced Feb. 24 in Juneau.

The competition kicked off Nov. 20 in Seattle with a private judging session. Each product entered into the competition was grouped into one of four categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate, and Beyond the Egg. Product entries were individually evaluated in each category by a panel of expert judges. Scoring was based on the product packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.

Also, on Nov. 20, AFDF held the Seattle Open House in collaboration with the Northwest Fisheries Association at Dockside at Duke’s. At this event, guests sampled each product and voted on their favorite product as the People's Choice winner.

The first-place winners of each category and the grand prize winner will receive booth space at the distinguished Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in March, airfare to and from the show provided by our sponsor, Alaska Air Cargo, entry into the SENA new products contest, the Seafood Excellence Awards, as well as other promotional benefits.