Frozen and microwavable dishes making waves in the seafood segment.
In April, Aqua Star answered the call for quick meal solutions with new MicroSteam Seafood Bowls. Microwavable in five minutes or less, the frozen 8-oz bowls feature Aqua Star’s proprietary MicroSteam film that locks in steam to cook food evenly with no fishy odor, the company said. The offerings combine sustainable shrimp, pollock or salmon with vegetables and spices served over pasta, rice or grits.
The Shrimp Scampi bowl is made with shrimp, linguine pasta, carrots, scampi sauce and Parmesan cheese. The dish contains 300 calories and 16 grams of protein.
The Shrimp Ramen offering includes shrimp, ramen noodles, carrots, bok choy and green onions in a Japanese-style broth. The meal contains 260 calories and 16 grams of protein.
The Shrimp Pad Thai variety features shrimp, rice noodles, bean sprouts, egg, green onions, peanuts and pad thai sauce. The gluten-free dish contains 290 calories and 15 grams of protein.
The Shrimp & Grits bowl is made with shrimp, smoky gouda cheese grits, bacon, poblano peppers and Cajun-style sauce. The meal contains 220 calories and 12 grams of protein.
The Salmon Teriyaki offering includes Atlantic salmon, brown rice, carrots, onions, edamame and ginger teriyaki sauce. The gluten-free dish contains 330 calories and 18 grams of protein.
The Sesame Ginger Wild Alaskan Pollock variety features Alaskan pollock, brown rice, broccoli florets, red bell pepper, onion and sesame ginger sauce. The gluten-free meal contains 300 calories and 14 grams of protein.
Aqua Star MicroSteam Seafood Bowls retail for $5.99 per bowl at retailers nationwide.
Gathered Foods’ Good Catch brand is launching a new line of frozen plant-based seafood entrees and appetizers. The products are made from Good Catch’s proprietary legume blend, which includes peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans and navy beans.
The New England Style Plant-Based Crab Cakes are flavored with sweet red and yellow bell peppers, green onions and parsley. Each four-cake serving contains 160 calories and 20 grams of protein.
The Thai Style Plant-Based Fish Cakes are flavored with green onions, cilantro, shallots, lemongrass, onion, brown sugar, garlic powder and chili powder. Each four-cake serving contains 180 calories and 20 grams of protein.
The Classic Plant-Based Fish Burgers are seasoned with green onion, celery, sea salt and pepper. Each burger contains 160 calories and 21 grams of protein.
“Quality and innovation are essential to the Good Catch culinary journey,” said Chad Sarno, co-founder and chief culinary officer for Good Catch. “Recreating the taste and texture consumers expect from whitefish and crab cakes challenged our team to push our boundaries. We are really proud of the final outcome.”
Zoup! Specialty Products in June unveiled a new seafood broth that is paleo-friendly, gluten-free, fat-free and non-GMO. The broth is made with a combination of lobster, shrimp and crab stock that is kettle-cooked in small batches.
“Behind every great soup, there is a great broth, and it’s no secret that the market has been lacking a high-quality seafood option for far too long,” said Eric Ersher, founder and chief executive officer of Zoup!. “For all the home cooks hoping to make memorable creamy chowders and bisques or robust gumbo and paella, we’re proud to provide for their pantry this seafood stock for all their ocean-inspired creations.”
Starkist Co. keyed in on convenience with the launch of Starkist Creations Microwavables in April. Packaged in a microwave-safe pouch, the shelf-stable products combine tuna with vegetables and grains. Starkist Creations Microwavables may be eaten unheated or heated for 30 seconds and come in four varieties.
The Spicy Rice & Beans product contains wild caught tuna with hot sauce, lime juice, brown rice, black beans, cilantro and corn. Each pouch contains 160 calories and 10 grams of protein.
The Tuna Tomato Basil variety combines wild caught tuna with barley, tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and black olives. Each pouch contains 170 calories and 12 grams of protein.
The Tuna Latin Citrus offering includes wild caught tuna with jalapeños, lime, red and white quinoa, navy beans, corn, cilantro and vegetables. Each pouch contains 160 calories and 11 grams of protein.
The Tuna Thai Green Curry variety features wild caught tuna with rice, green chili, coconut milk, rice, lime juice and lemongrass. Each pouch contains 160 calories and 10 grams of protein.
Starkist Creations Microwavables are available nationwide in 4.5-oz pouches for $2.29 to $2.49.
In April, Nestle SA added a new Shrimp Alfredo Bowl to its Lean Cuisine lineup. The frozen dish features shrimp with linguine, broccoli and red peppers in a creamy garlic alfredo sauce. The bowl contains 320 calories, 19 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat.
Salmon skins previously were a seafood byproduct that was discarded. In March, they were transformed into a better-for-you snack by Goodfish.
“Goodfish demonstrates that innovation, transparency, and progressive practices in the seafood industry can and must go beyond a niche appeal and tip into the mainstream,” said Douglas Riboud, chief executive officer and co-founder of Goodfish.
Made from 100% traceable Wild Alaska Sockeye from sustainable fisheries in Bristol Bay, Alaska, Goodfish crispy salmon skins come in four flavors: sea salt, chili lime, spicy barbecue and tart cranberry. The snacks contain 7 grams of protein, 2,600 mg of marine collagen, 800 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, no carbs and 90 calories.
Goodfish is a venture founded by the same food entrepreneurs behind Harmless Harvest, manufacturer of coconut water and dairy alternatives. Mr. Riboud and co-founder Justin Guilbert have embarked on the initiative to “positively contribute to solving the seafood conundrum,” they said.
“We have once again found a food category whose industry and sourcing could benefit from progressive practices in a radical way — from environmental impact and wildlife management to ecosystem and social practices — to thrive again,” Mr. Guilbert said. “Goodfish will adapt sustainable seafood to our terrific appetite for healthier snacking.”
Goodfish has been developing and refining its product and supply chain for more than two years in collaboration with a group of strategic partners led by AF Ventures.
“Goodfish’s founders Douglas and Justin redefined the coconut water space and are well on their way to redefining the snacking industry and how consumers think about their consumption habits in the context of the global marine ecosystem,” said Lauren Jupiter, managing partner of AF Ventures. “Upcycling a nutrient-dense ingredient that has historically been overlooked, Goodfish’s salmon skin is paving the way for future categories to rethink innovation. We are proud to support this challenger brand.”
Goodfish crispy salmon skins are available on the company’s website for $2.99 per 0.5-oz bag.
In December 2019, SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. made calamari more convenient with the launch of SeaPak Wild Caught Calamari Rings. Coated in a crispy breading and packaged with tomato romano sauce for dipping, the calamari rings contain 190 calories and 8 grams of protein per 10-ring serving.
SeaPak Wild Caught Calamari Rings come in 12-oz bags and are available in the frozen aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
Aqua Star brought convenience to the seafood segment in December 2019 with a new line of chef-designed seafood meals that are microwavable. MicroSteam Seafood Meals feature technology that locks in the steam so each meal may be cooked from frozen in six minutes. In the microwave, the MicroSteam film expands and locks in steam to cook food evenly, Aqua Star said. Containing fewer than 500 calories each, the meals combine BAP- and MSC-certified seafood, including salmon, shrimp, tilapia, and cod, with ingredients including mafalda pasta, sriracha, red quinoa and yellow carrots.
The BBQ Sriracha Wild Salmon meal is gluten-free and includes broccoli, brown rice, red quinoa, bacon and a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.
The Lemon Herb Wild Cod meal features green beans, roasted seasoned potatoes and lemon herb butter and is also gluten-free.
The Roasted Garlic Salmon comes with green beans, yellow carrots and roasted herb butter. The dish is gluten-free.
The Cajun-Style Tilapia meal is packaged with cheddar cheese pasta shells.
The White Wine Shrimp dish includes Mafalda pasta, broccoli, white wine, butter and Parmesan cheese.
Aqua Star’s MicroSteam Seafood Meals are available for a suggested retail price of $7.99 to $8.99.
In October 2019, Regal Springs introduced Panko Encrusted Tilapia and Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia. Featuring sustainably-raised, antibiotic-free and preservative-free tilapia, the fish comes in 12-oz packages.
“The newest options of our Naturally Better tilapia fillets are designed to continue to give our customers in-demand offerings that are versatile, convenient and delicious,” said Keith Kandt, director of marketing for Regal Springs North America. “They’re easy to cook and feature the premium quality and taste that Regal Springs is famous for, while reducing the prep time required to create healthy and flavorful seafood dishes for all ages.”
Goya Foods, Inc. in August 2019 launched the Goya Paella Rice Kit. The kit, which makes eight ½-cup servings, contains flavored yellow short-grain rice, vegetables and seafood, including squid, hake, mussels and cockles.
“Our new Paella kit contains everything you need to make a delicious seafood Paella in minutes that the whole family can enjoy,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods. “As a trusted American brand with Spanish roots, we take great pride in creating products that combine flavorful ingredients with convenient preparation, bringing consumers a taste of Latin cultures from around the world.”
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