Salmon salami takes top prize in seafood show awards


A ‘salmon salami’ made by UK-headquartered smoker and processor Highland Farms Ltd has won the Best New Retail Product award at Seafood Expo North America in Boston.

The product was selected from a group of 11 finalists during a live judging yesterday by a panel of seafood buyers and industry experts from the retail and foodservice industries.

Highland Farms is a sister company of Grants Oak Smoked Ltd, and both are headquartered in Maryport, west Cumbria. The company also has  premises in Miami in the United States.

The salami comprises Atlantic salmon air-dried for 14 days and cured over fragrant beechwood, according to the company, and “embodies the perfect fusion of traditional craftsmanship and exceptional taste.”

Highland Farms' salmon salami.

A unique taste

“We’ve spent a year and a half working on this project and wanted to develop something that has a unique taste,” Highland Farms chief executive Jonathan Brown told seafood website SeafoodSource. “The original recipe, we found, went back 80 years. We’ve worked on it for months and months.”

The other top prize, Best New Foodservice Product, was awarded to Social Kitchens Professional/SK Foods Brands for its Premium Shrimp Sliders.

Seafood Expo North America has 249,665 net square feet of exhibit space, 5% more than last year’s event, with 1,210 exhibiting companies from 49 countries, including new participating exhibiting countries from Azerbaijan, Germany, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Tanzania, Uganda; and an increased presence from countries including China, Ecuador, Japan, Norway and United States.

The Expo, which finishes tomorrow, hosts state pavilions from Alaska, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virgina and international pavilions from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Greece, India, Indonesia, Scotland, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam, among others.

A robust expo

“The success of this year’s edition demonstrates the value of having a dedicated space for seafood professionals to network, conduct business and learn about new products, equipment and services in-person,” said Wynter Courmont, vice president of seafood at event organiser Diversified Communications.

“We’ve put together a robust three-day expo connecting top industry leaders, seafood suppliers from around the world and seafood buyers from every corner of the industry – restaurants, supermarkets, catering firms, seafood markets, hotels, airlines, and cruise lines.”

Fish farmers exhibiting at the event include Cermaq Group, Hofseth International AS, Leroy USA, Mowi, Multi X, and Nissui Corporation (Salmones Antártica).