ONLY one UK company has managed to make the final list at the 2018 Seafood Excellence Global Awards in Brussels later this month.
Three or four years ago, British seafood businesses were highly prominent and also took some of the top prizes.
The lone flag carrier this year is Clearwater Seafoods (Europe), based in Windsor and a subsidiary of Clearwater Canada.
It markets and distributes seafood in the United Kingdom such as scallops, lobster, clams, shrimp, snow crab.
The offering hoping to take top prize in the best retail at the awards is its Bacon Wrapped Scallops.
A total of 40 finalists from 17 countries have been selected from an original entry of 78 to contend for top honours at the big Brussels Expo, which takes place from April 24-26.
The awards have been divided into two sections, with ten finalists in contention for the Best Hotel/Restaurant/Catering products and 30 finalists in the best retail product category.
Special awards will also be presented for innovation, convenience, health and nutrition.
Once again there is increasing interest from the Far East, with seafood producers in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam strongly in contention.
France leads the pack among the European producers, followed by Iceland, Spain and Belgium.
All competition entries will be on display within the exposition itself, at stand P-4619 on the Brussels Expo Patio, and winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 24 during a special reception – open to all expo visitors and exhibitors – in Auditorium 2000 from 6:15 to 8pm.
Finalists for the best hotel, restaurant and catering section are:
Griller, Global Seafoods [PVT] LTD, Sri Lanka
Crispy Battered Soft Shell Crab, Golden Fresh SDN BHD, Malaysia
Prawn Kiev, Golden Fresh SDN BHD, Malaysia
Diamond-Cut Barramundi, Golden Fresh SDN BHD, Malaysia
Prawn Trio, Golden Fresh SDN BHD, Malaysia
White Smoked Haddock, J.C. DAVID, France
Sashimi Grade Cobia Fillet, Open Blue Cobia, Canada
Nutaaq Cod, Royal Greenland A/S, Denmark
Tuna Fishballs in Spanish Sauce, Salica Alimentos Congelados, Spain
Yellowfin Tuna Slices, Thai Union PCL, Thailand
The best retail product finalists are:
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Clearwater Seafoods Europe, United Kingdom
Trout Liver Pâté, Disas Caviar Oy, Ltd., Finland
‘Scottish Grizzly Beard’ Beer-Marinated Salmon, E. Fournier & Fils, France
Traditionally Smoked MSC Herring Fillets – Label Rouge, E. Fournier & Fils, France
Spezzatino di Tonno, Fiorital spa, Italy
Smoked Deboned Milkfish, Fisherfarms, Inc., Philippines
All Natural Sausages – Sampler Pack, Fisherfarms, Inc., Philippines
Frozen Spirulina Pearls, Globe Export, France
Gourmet Fillet – Pumpkin, Tomato & Ginger, Greenland Seafood Europe GmbH, Germany
Smoked Salmon Hung on a String, Guyader Gastronomie, France
Lacquered Salmon, Guyader Gastronomie, France
Flamed Salmon Roses, Hätälä Oy, Finland
Umami Sauce Duo, iASC Atlantic Seafood Company Ireland Limited/Keohane, Ireland
Creamy Masago Bites, Iceland´s Finest, Iceland
Crunchy Caviar Bites, Iceland´s Finest, Iceland
Rich Langoustine Soup, Iceland´s Finest, Iceland
Lappi Gravlax, Kala-Lappi Oy, Finland
Poke Bowl – Saumon, Labeyrie Fine Foods, France
Poke Bowl – Shrimp, Labeyrie Fine Foods, France
Christmas Smoked Salmon, Labeyrie Fine Foods, France
Poke, Lerøy Seafood As, Norway
Topped Salmon Tournedos – Nordic, Marine Harvest Pieters, Belgium
Crunchy Hake Snacks, Nueva Pescanova S. L., Spain
Crunchy Prawn Lollipops, Nueva Pescanova S.L., Spain
Prawn Carpaccio, Nueva Pescanova S.L., Spain
Crab Bisque & Sauce, Sogelco International, Inc., Canada
Lobster Roll, Sogelco International, Inc., Canada
Surimi Lasagne Sheets, Viciunai Group, Belgium
Salm’ON & Man’GO, Viciunai Group, Belgium
Panga Onigiri, Vinh Hoan Corporation, Vietnam