Trans-Ocean has been operating out of Bellingham, Washington, since 1985. Its location in the northern area of Washington makes it as close as possible to Alaska, where it sources Alaskan pollock for its Crab Classic product line. Granted, it’s a long way from the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea where fishermen catch the ingredients for its imitation crab. However, the fish go for processing in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, so they’re packaged fresh. The fresh flavor and ingredients shine in this product.
Trans-Ocean provides three types of imitation crab in its Crab Classic line: flake style, chunk style, or leg style. One thing that sets Trans-Ocean apart is that its imitation crab meat comes from Alaska pollock fish and golden king crab meat. Filler ingredients include potato starch, modified tapioca starch, and yam flour. Flavoring includes rice wine and extracts from blue crab, snow crab, lobster, and refined pollock fish oil. So, if you have an allergy to shellfish, this might not be the right brand for you. However, it is gluten-free. Something to note is that it does contain phosphates and carrageenan.
Even though it includes real crab meat and extracts, you will want to temper your expectations. A reviewer from Google Shopping said, “[I]f you are expecting real crab meat, you will be disappointed. BUT, if you know what imitation crab meat is, it’s one of the best.” However, others complain that it has a bland flavor profile.