The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) and salmon smokers John Ross Jr are in contention for a grand prize at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels next month.
Two grand prizes will be awarded for the Best Retail Product and the Best Hotel/Restaurant/Catering (HORECA) Product. Five special awards will be presented for innovation, convenience, health and nutrition, retail packaging and seafood product line.
SSC is in the frame for its most recent product, Tartan Salmon Label Rouge Royal Mile Cut, hand sliced from the heart of the fillet.
Rum-cured smoked salmon
Aberdeen-based John Ross Jr is being recognised for its Original Rum Cured Smoked Salmon. The product, which made its first appearance since the 19
It is produced only for special occasions, most recently the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when it was sold in a special royal wedding celebration pack.
Scotland and US-based salmon smoker St James Smokehouse also has a product, Saint Pure Salmon, in the final, produced at its smokehouse in Miami.
Saint Pure Salmon, made using Chilean salmon, won the Best New Retail Product award at Seafood Expo North America in Boston last month.
It is hand-cured using only salt and light brown sugar and contains a smoke profile of light fruity notes crafted by smoking with locally-sourced Florida orange and grapefruit wood.
“We are the brother in Miami of the company in Scotland, but we wanted to have our own identity, so for this product we use ASC-certified Chilean salmon,” said Brendan Maher, co-owner of St James Smokehouse and chief executive of the US operation, during the Boston event.
Ten of the 39 finalists in Brussels are from France, five from Belgium, four from Finland and four from Malaysia.