250 seafood jobs to go at Grimsby – Fishupdate.com

250 seafood jobs to go at Grimsby Published:  05 February, 2014

Icelandic Seachill has been reviewing its organisational structure following the announcement of the integration of the three UK businesses in May 2013. Its strategic review has highlighted the need for significant investment in the Meals (West) site, on South Humberside IE, Grimsby.

This, coupled with a drop in consumer demand for ready meals has forced the business to propose to cease meal production and restructure the UK business, which could result in a head count reduction of up to 250 staff across the business.The firm will be entering a minimum 45 day period of consultation. It is anticipated that this process will be completed by Summer 2014Icelandic Seachill will continue to manufacture and develop its Delicatessen (Deli) business at the West Site.Malcolm Eley, Chief Executive said: “We are proposing to retain the successful Deli and Christmas business however, without a significant growth in the volume of meals produced we do not believe that it would be possible to justify the level of investment required to sustain ready meal production. It is a regrettable position but if the proposals do go ahead, our number one priority is to support those directly impacted and we will do everything in our power to redeploy as many people as possible across our other UK sites.“During our review, a number of opportunities for growth in the UK retail market have been identified to utilise our strong seafood capabilities and supply chain expertise. This action is part of an ongoing, rigorous process to align ourselves with the needs of our customers. Meanwhile our core business is performing very well.Icelandic Seachill has most major retailers as customers and more than 1, 500 people work at their three manufacturing sites in Grimsby.

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