Lone UK firm battles for seafood prize

Lone UK firm battles for seafood prize

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


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