Awards & Recognition
Clearwater is proud to have the highest caliber people working to produce the best seafood every day. We are honoured to be recognized for our hard work and happy to share our success stories.
Clearwater is proud to have the highest caliber people working to produce the best seafood every day. We are honoured to be recognized for our hard work and happy to share our success stories.
Clearwater Seafoods Receives Canada China Business Council Business Excellence Awards
Clearwater was the proud recipient of the Canada China Business Council’s Business Excellence Award, in both Outstanding Achievement and E-Commerce Achievement. The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding CCBC member that has achieved success in China by undertaking bold ventures resulting in commercial success and has clearly distinguished itself from its competitors, while the E-Commerce Achievement Award is given to a company who has successfully incorporated e-commerce into its China go-to-market strategy.
Biannually, the Canada China Business Council presents these awards to organizations that have played an innovative and leading role in expanding and nurturing bilateral business relationships. A huge thank you to the Canada China Business Council for recognizing Clearwater with these prestigious accolades and congratulations to all nominees and fellow winners.
Clearwater was selected as one of Nova Scotia’s Top Employers for 2018. Now in its 13th year, this annual competition is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and recognizes companies in Nova Scotia that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Recipients are evaluated and selected using a variety of criteria, including physical workplace, employee communications and community involvement to name a few.
Congratulations to all of the 2018 winners on this very special designation. Click here to find out more about Atlantic Canada’s top employers and why Clearwater was selected.
Clearwater was selected as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for 2018, announced on January 3 in a special editorial feature published in Atlantic Business Magazine.
Now in its 9th year, this annual competition is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and recognizes employers throughout Atlantic Canada that lead in their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Recipients are evaluated and selected based on a variety of criteria, including physical workplace, training and skills development and community involvement, to name a few.
Congratulations to all of the 2018 winners on this very special designation. Click here to find out more about Nova Scotia’s top employers and why Clearwater was selected.
Clearwater was a proud recipient of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers Award for 2017, announced on January 4 in a special editorial feature published in Atlantic Business Magazine’s January issue.
Now in its 8th year, this annual competition is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and recognizes employers throughout Atlantic Canada that lead in their industries in offering exceptional places to work.
Recipients are evaluated and selected using a variety of criteria, including physical workplace, employee communications and community involvement to name a few. For more information on Nova Scotia’s Top Employers Award, please visit http://www.canadastop100.com/atlantic
Clearwater was a proud recipient of Nova Scotia’s Top Employers Award for 2017, announced on December 5 in a special online feature published by the Chronicle Herald, the largest newspaper in Eastern Canada.
Now in its 12th year, this annual competition is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and recognizes employers in Nova Scotia that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.
Recipients are evaluated and selected using a variety of criteria, including physical workplace, employee communications and community involvement to name a few. For more information on Nova Scotia’s Top Employers Award, please visit http://www.canadastop100.com/ns/
On May 26, Clearwater Seafoods and Pierce Fisheries were both presented with Nova Scotia Business Inc’s Regional Export Achievement Award. These awards recognize and celebrate Nova Scotia companies for their global contributions and also bring some much deserved attention to the province.
“For Clearwater, this recognition celebrates over 1,900 employees working together across Canada and in countries all over the world to build the most extraordinary wild seafood company dedicated to sustainable seafood excellence,” said Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods.
Since 1976, Clearwater has always recognized the importance of going global by developing customers and channels of distribution in international markets. Over the years, Clearwater’s global footprint has grown to the extent that the company now exports to over 35 countries with more than 85% of business taking place outside of Canada.
Clearwater was presented with the 2015 Mid-Market Deal of the Year Award for its purchase of Macduff Shellfish Group during the Canadian Dealmakers annual gala dinner on March 10 at the Toronto Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
This transformational acquisition expands Clearwater’s supply of wild seafood by 20 per cent, with the addition of langoustine, whelk and brown and velvet crab, in addition to increasing access to retailers and food service establishments in international markets, especially throughout Europe.
Recipients are selected by the Canadian Dealmakers program based on hallmarks of excellence, including deals that exude incredible complexities, transactions that promote growth, innovation and value for stakeholders, and bring best practices to new levels.
Clearwater was presented with the 2016 Gold Award for International Business of the Year on January 28, recognizing the company’s outstanding contribution to Halifax’s business community.
Clearwater CEO Ian Smith proudly accepted the award during the annual Halifax Business Awards dinner reception held at the World Trade and Convention Centre.
Clearwater has always recognized the importance of “Going Global” by developing customers and channels of distribution in international markets. Since its inception, nearly 40 years ago, Clearwater’s global footprint has grown to the extent that it now exports to over 40 countries with more than 85% of its business taking place outside of Canada.
“This recognition celebrates our over 1,900 employees working together throughout Canada and around the world to build the world’s most extraordinary wild seafood company dedicated to sustainable seafood excellence,” said Ian Smith, Clearwater CEO. “It also underscores our company commitment to win in the marketplace by winning in both the workplace and in the communities in which we live and work.”
Progress Magazine recognized Clearwater as one of the Top 14 Public Companies in Atlantic Canada for 2015. For more than 20 years, Progress Magazine has published their annual Top 101 edition profiling the region’s most accomplished businesses. It highlights the top performers shaping our region and companies focusing on growth, innovation and optimism about the future of business in Atlantic Canada.
“Together and for nearly 40 years, the Clearwater team has executed with excellence to produce extraordinary results, in the workplace and the marketplace,” said Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods. “Each and every day Clearwater people make the difference and bring our strategy to life with character, competence and teamwork.”
On October 27, Esri Canada presented Clearwater Seafoods with an Award of Excellence for promoting sustainability using their geographic information system (GIS) technology during the Esri Canada User Conference in Halifax. Esri provides world-class enterprise GIS solutions that empower businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.
Clearwater uses Esri’s ArcGIS platform to study shellfish population resources, as well as manage harvesting operations. This system is pivotal in supporting Clearwater’s operations and contributes to significant cost savings and decreased impact on ocean ecosystems. The ArcGIS also hosts Clearwater’s Web mapping app that collects a variety of vessel data and analytics that is readily available to support staff.
GIS technology has been instrumental in helping Clearwater achieve long-term sustainability and deliver high-quality seafood from ocean-to-plate.
Clearwater’s Pierce Fisheries Division was presented with the 2015 Exporter of the Year award during the Shelburne County Community & Business Excellence Awards, held at the Sandy Point Lighthouse Community Centre in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
The Exporter of the Year award recognizes a business that has demonstrated excellence in exporting outside of Canada and considers qualifying factors, including the range of products exported, corporate citizenship and noticeable growth in business operations. Mike Roy, Plant Manager with Pierce Fisheries accepted the award on Clearwater’s behalf.
Photo Credit: Christian Laforce, The Chronicle Herald
Ryan Leedham, Aviation Department Engineer with Clearwater Fine Foods International (CFFI) was awarded the silver medal in aircraft maintenance during the WorldSkills Competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil between August 11 and 16.
Hailing from Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Leedham graduated from the NSCC Aviation Institute in 2014 and joined Clearwater’s private fleet in Halifax shortly thereafter. After winning a gold medal at the Skills Canada National Competition last June, he was given the opportunity to compete on an international scale. This lead to earning a spot and representing Team Canada at the WorldSkills Competition, where he competed against 15 other countries in the aircraft maintenance category.
“Winning such prestigious honours at the age of 21 is truly noteworthy and amazing,” said Colin MacDonald,” Co-founder and Chairman, Clearwater Seafoods. “We are all very proud to have Ryan on the Clearwater team.”
Skills competitions are held around the globe and showcase world-class excellence in a variety of skills, from cabinetmaking, floristry and electronics, to name a few. These competitions are also integral in introducing youth to a variety of skilled careers. Congratulations Ryan!
Clearwater was featured in the April issue of Food in Canada magazine as the winner of the 2015 Leadership Award in the Stewardship category. This prestigious awards program recognizes Canadian food and beverage processors for their achievement in growth, innovation, health and wellness, stewardship, and community and industry.
As the winner of the Stewardship category, Clearwater was recognized for its sustainability practices and certifications from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a worthy achievement showing our ongoing commitment to sustainability and the health of our oceans.
December 4, 2014
Clearwater received the Rabobank Innovation Award presented during a reception hosted by the financial institution in New York City. The Innovation Award is one of three awards presented by Rabobank North America Wholesale to leading food and agriculture companies for their dedication to innovation, sustainability and leadership.
The Rabobank Awards stem from its beliefs around what food and agriculture companies must do to be competitive in the long run. It is a cycle of knowing to be innovative in their space so they can be competitive, looking at their business models to see how they can be sustainable in terms of growing their business and protecting the environment and making smart investment decisions to keep this cycle going.
“It’s a great honour to be recognized for our commitment to innovation,” said Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods. “Innovation has played a key role in the success of Clearwater’s growth strategies from advanced technology, to sustainable harvesting and new product development.”
Clearwater Seafoods was featured in the October issue of Progress Magazine as one of the Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada.
Since 1993, Progress Magazine’s Top 101 has focused on Atlantic Canada’s most outstanding companies. This achievement highlights the story of the region’s corporate community values and performance and focuses on top companies who dominate their sector, create jobs and demonstrate growth. Factors including top-line revenues, assets, employees, growth rates and other vital statistics are measured to provide the rankings.
June 4, 2014
Clearwater’s culinary-inspired Scallops & Sauce was named a best new product of the year at the 21st Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala held in Toronto. Clearwater Scallops & Sauce earned top honours in the best new Deli, Egg, Meat & Seafood product category.
Products were rigorously reviewed on five criteria, including: uniqueness and innovation, product characteristics, presentation and packaging, overall consumer value and consumer acceptance. A second tier of juried review assessed the taste, nutritional value and pricing of the finalists.
“We’re truly honoured to have been recognized by this esteemed organization and this panel of judges,” said Jeff Duffin, Vice President Global Marketing, Clearwater Seafoods. “We have the pleasure of working with incredibly high-quality, wild and sustainable seafood in our innovation work and our focus on culinary trends and ease of preparation reflects an understanding of what today’s consumers need.”
May 29, 2014
Photo: Greg Morency accepts the 2014 Nova Scotia Exporter of the Year Award
Clearwater took home the award for Nova Scotia Exporter of the Year at the 30th Annual Export Achievement Awards (EAAs) held at the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), the EAAs celebrate the province’s exporting excellence.
Clearwater is a five-time regional recipient and two-time provincial recipient of the Exporter of the Year Award.
Greg Morency, Clearwater President and CCO was in attendance at the annual gala luncheon to accept the award on behalf of the company. “With over 85 per cent of our sales taking placing outside of Canada, exports are integral to the success of our business,” said Morency. “We’ve nurtured strong relationships with our international customers, keeping us poised for growth well into the future.”
January 23, 2014
Photo: Clearwater CCO Greg Morency accepts the 2014 Halifax International Business of the Year Award.
Clearwater was presented with the Gold Award for International Business of the Year this January, recognizing the company’s outstanding contribution to Halifax’s business community.
Clearwater CCO Greg Morency was proud to accept the award on January 23rd during the annual Halifax Business Awards dinner reception held at the World Trade and Convention Centre.
Exporting to over 45 countries with more than 85% of its business taking place outside of Canada, Clearwater has always recognized the importance of “Going Global” by developing customers and channels of distribution in international markets.
“This recognition celebrates our people and acknowledges our business success; including the positive impact our growth has had on the local economies and communities in which we live and work,” said Ian Smith, Clearwater CEO. “It underscores our company commitment to win in the marketplace by winning in the workplace and to advance our mission to build the world’s most extraordinary wild seafood company dedicated to sustainable seafood excellence.”
January 10, 2014
For the fifth consecutive year, Clearwater Seafoods has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 25 Employers.
The designation recognizes employers offering exceptional places to work. Evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, the Top 25 Employers are evaluated against a list of criteria including training & skills development, community involvement, and benefits.
Clearwater was lauded in particular for its commitment to tuition subsidies, in-house training programs, and retirement planning assistance.
“The secret to our success is our people,” says Clearwater CEO Ian Smith. “From our more than 600 vessel crew at sea to our employees in processing facilities across Atlantic Canada and China, all the way to our international sales and marketing team around the globe – our people share in this accomplishment.”
November 25, 2013
Passion-Capital-Winner Clearwater Seafoods was selected as one of the 10 national winners of the 2013 Canada’s Passion Capitalist awards. The organizations selected were recognized for having achieved long-term success by creating Passion Capital – the energy, intensity and sustainability needed to generate superior results. Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, in partnership with Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, BNN, Global Governance Advisors, and the National/Financial Post sponsored and supported this awards program.
Passion Capitalists are guided by a strong set of values and beliefs that form the basis of a distinctive culture that fuels their performance. They are courageous; often having to overcome significant obstacles. They build strong brands anchored by their culture, which guide their strategies, the people they hire and promote, and the way they operate. Canada’s Passion Capital awards program was inspired by the award-winning book “Passion Capital” by Paul Alofs, which outlines seven principles for growing and investing in a revolutionary new asset – Passion Capital.
October 18, 2013
Photo: Colin E. MacDonald, Chairman of Clearwater Seafoods
Colin E. MacDonald, Chairman of Clearwater Seafoods, was recognized by Saint Mary’s University with an Honorary Degree for his outstanding contribution in leadership and social responsibility within the community.
Colin has played leadership roles as President of the Canadian Lobster Producers Association and a Founding Member of the Lobster Science Centre and CEO of Clearwater Seafoods Inc. As a firm believer that individuals have a responsibility to participate in society, Colin supports a number of associations and charities a few of which are the IWK Foundation, Kermesse, Homebridge Youth Society, Phoenix Youth Programs, Children’s Wish Foundation, Abilities Foundation, UNICEF, Family SOS, Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation.
He is a good friend to Saint Mary’s University and is a member of the Sobey School of Business Advisory Board. Frequently acknowledged for his community involvement, Mr. MacDonald has received a Maritime Philanthropy Award as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award for Nova Scotia; and honorary degrees from UPEI and Dalhousie University as well as numerous business awards. In 2013, he has been named Honorary Chair of the Water for Life – Chefs for UNICEF dinner; and 2013 Courage to Give Back Award Ambassador by Family SOS, a support program for families in the HRM.
Congratulations from everyone at Clearwater.
Clearwater Seafoods was featured in the September issue of Progress Magazine as one of the Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada.
Since 1993, Progress Magazine’s Top 101 has focused on Atlantic Canada’s most outstanding companies. This award highlights the story of the region’s corporate community values and performance and focuses on top companies that dominate their sector, create jobs and demonstrate growth. Factors including top-line revenues, assets, employees, growth rates and other vital statistics are measured to provide the rankings.
December 13, 2012
Photo:Jennifer Clarke, Workers Compensation Board presents Tom Miller, General Manager/Retail, Clearwater Seafoods and Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods with the Worker’s Compensation Board award for Employer Safety Champion for the great work to create a safe retail work environment.
For the second year in a row, Clearwater Seafoods has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board (WCB) under the WCB’s Mainstay Awards Program . This year Clearwater was acknowledged as an Employer Safety Champion.The Mainstay Awards, presented by the WCB and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, honour excellence in occupational health and safety, including initiatives around injury prevention and return-to-work programs.Removing hazards from the workplace, having good communication between management and staff, and constant education and training programs contribute to the culture of worker safety at Clearwater. “We are very pleased that our continuous improvement program has resulted in Clearwater continuing to be a safe and healthy place to work,” said Ian Smith, CEO. “We are very glad to be recognized by the WCB for our initiatives.”
November 14, 2012
Photo:Christine Penney, Vice President Sustainability and Public Affairs, Clearwater Seafoods.
Christine Penney, Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs was recognized for her extensive contribution to the field of Communications and Public Relations at the 2012 gala dinner hosted by the Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis . Ms. Penney plays a leadership role in global sustainability initiatives serving on the Executive Committee for the global Association of Sustainable Fisheries and as a Fisheries Ambassador for Prince Charles Sustainability Unit, Marine Program. Ms. Penney has served in a variety of roles for industry associations such as the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers, the Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia and the Fisheries Council of Canada. As Clearwater’s first female executive, Ms. Penney has become a role model and mentor for many of the high potential women in the Clearwater organization.Clearwater has benefited from Ms. Penney’s dedication for over 15 years. Congratulations from everyone at Clearwater.
November 6, 2012
Photo: Ron Carter, Director of Logistics, Clearwater Seafoods
Ron Carter, Clearwater Seafood’s Director of Logistics was recognized for his outstanding career in logistics and supply chain management by the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT), Canada’s foremost professional development association in the supply chain and logistics sector.The CITT Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement is presented annually to the member who best exemplifies a strong commitment to the logistics profession and to CITT. Nominees are selected by their peers. All past recipients of this esteemed honour all have one thing in common. They were all the “best of the best.”Clearwater has benefited from Mr. Carter’s expertise for over 17 years. Congratulations from all your colleagues.
November 1, 2012
Photo:Catherine Boyd, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Clearwater Seafoods accepts the award from Sharron Resky, VP Sales Nova Scotia, Atlantic Business Magazine.
Atlantic Business Magazine recognized Clearwater as the most sustainable company in Atlantic Canada (greater than 500 employees) through their 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards program.Clearwater earned this recognition through our commitment to sustainable seafood excellence. Our sustainable fishing practices, energy conservation initiatives, waste diversion practices and employee engagement in events like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in September 2012 greatly impressed the judging team. Clearwater is featured in the November edition of Atlantic Business Magazine along with recipients in other categories.The recognition for sustainability is particularly gratifying, since one of Clearwater’s six core business strategies is to “preserve the long term sustainability of resources on land and at sea.” Our commitment to sustainable best practices allows us to build the world’s most extraordinary, wild seafood company, dedicated to sustainable seafood excellence.
January 26, 2012
Photo:Ian Smith, CEO Clearwater Seafoods accepts the award from Valerie Payn, President of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Stephen Lund, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc (award sponsor).
Clearwater’s leadership in international business was recognized by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce during their 2012 Annual Business Awards Gala in January. The award recognizes Halifax businesses that have had exceptional success in international markets. This was the first year that International Business of the Year was a category in the Chambers’ Gala event and Clearwater was honoured to be the inaugural award winner.
Clearwater CEO Ian Smith was delighted to accept the award on behalf of Clearwater’s over 1500 employees. “It’s not just that 85% of our business is done outside of Canada, it’s that we’ve nurtured strong relationships with our international customers all over the world, many of these customers have been with Clearwater for well over 25 years,” stated Smith. “The secret of success is our people. We may be a small company by international standards, but our people are world-class.”
November 24, 2011
Photo: Shawn Levangie (CME Chair), Mike Pittman (Clearwater), Keith Lohnes (Clearwater), Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos (NRC-IRAP) and Ian Smith (Clearwater) at the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters recognition event for innovation.
The Natural Resources Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) Regional Awards for New Technology recognizes innovative excellence in the development, adoption, and application of new technology in process or products. These awards provide businesses with an opportunity to demonstrate their unique and innovative excellence in the development and application of new technologies. The awards are delivered in collaboration by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and NRC-IRAP regionally across Canada. Clearwater was recognized for its development and implementation of Automatic Shucking Technology (AST).
As a finalist for the region of Atlantic/Nunavut Region, Clearwater is recognized for its consistent quality, wide diversity and reliable delivery of premium wild, eco-labeled seafood, including scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimp, crab and groundfish.
Automatic Shucking Technology (AST) replaces the manual method of shucking scallops by making use of several different mechanical processes combined in a relatively compact piece of equipment that withstands the rigours of offshore fishing. Already a leader in frozen-at-sea technology, which provides the highest quality scallops available, Clearwater’s development and commercialization of AST further advances the offshore fishing platforms from frozen-at-sea vessels to true factories at sea.
We foresee a long-term positive ROI that will be realized through labour and operations savings and better product quality.
November 17, 2011
Photo: Clearwater Seafoods Chief Operation Officer Eric Roe, Chief Executive Officer Ian Smith and Vice President of Fleet Operations Mike Pittman accept the Return to Work Champion award from Jennifer Clarke, WCB.
Clearwater Seafoods has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board (WCB) as a Return to Work Champion under the WCB’s Mainstay Awards Program.
The Mainstay Awards, presented by the WCB and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, honour excellence in occupational health and safety, including initiatives around injury prevention and return-to-work programs.
Clearwater was honoured to receive recognition for its efforts to integrate injured employees safely back into the workplace. Clearwater’s goal is always injury prevention, but when an injury does occur, a smooth and timely transition back to the workplace has proven health benefits for the injured employee.
June 3, 2009
Photo: Catherine Boyd, Manager of Corporate Affairs (right) accepts the award on behalf of Clearwater from previous year’s winner Terry Gerhardt, Minus Basin Pulp and Power.
Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership was recognized for its commitment to operational efficiency and environmental stewardship with the Eco-Efficiency Centre Environmental Excellence in Business award.
In its tenth annual awards breakfast, the Eco-Efficiency Centre recognized Nova Scotia-based companies for their achievements in environmental sustainability. Clearwater was recognized for their efforts in fuel and electricity reduction, water conservation, and waste diversion. Learn more about Clearwater’s efforts on the Eco-Efficiency Centre website. Established in 1998, the Eco-Efficiency Centre was founded upon the principles of eco-efficiency, a management philosophy that seeks to achieve strengthened financial performance by minimizing the resources necessary to produce, consume and dispose of a particular product or service. This in turn minimizes the negative environmental impacts.
May 11, 2006
Photo: Christine Smith, Senior Trade Commissioner, Halifax Regional Office, International Trade Canada presents the Long Term Exporter Award to Jennifer Best-White, Manager, Corporate Finance & Investor Relations, Clearwater Seafoods.
Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership was presented the Long Term Exporter Award by International Trade Canada at the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award Ceremony.
For 22 years, the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards have honoured pioneering companies whose creativity, innovation, and determination have made them international success stories. With a combined contribution of over $370 million to Nova Scotia’s economy in 2005, they have proven there are no limits to what Nova Scotia’s exporters can accomplish. These awards are designed to showcase and recognize the remarkable achievements of exporters in all sectors. With an eye to the past, present, and future,
we celebrate all that Nova Scotia has to offer the world. (International Trade Canada)
January 17, 2005
The Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and the International Foodservice Distributors Association announced the nominations for the 2005 American Foodservice Grand Prix New Product Awards Program. Clearwater Seafoods was nominated as a Foodservice Finalist for the revolutionary Raw Lobster Meat (shell off; frozen) product. The offering was seen to demonstrate exceptional value and quality compared to other products in the category.
All products were carefully tested and evaluated by 10 jury members during the judging process held in Montreal, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2005. The jury included chefs, distributors and foodservice trade magazine editors.