Japanese giant buys Grimsby processor

THE Japanese seafood giant Nissui has acquired a controlling interest in Flatfish, the award winning Grimsby based fish processing business. Nissui is a worldwide leader in fish, particularly farmed salmon, with operations in Chile, where it owns a salmon and trout aquaculture business. It also has extensive interests in the United States, and in Europe…

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Devon chippy crowned Britain's best

LOVERS of fish and chips will have to travel to Devon if they want to sample the best Britain has to offer. Krispies Fish & Chips, from the coastal resort of Exmouth, has been crowned the UK’s best fish and chip outlet after winning the National Fish & Chip Awards 2019. Owned and operated by…

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Staff shortages force move to Vietnam

A DEVON seafood firm is to send shellfish more than 8,000 miles to Vietnam for processing because it cannot find enough staff to do the job locally. The Blue Seafood Company, based in Paignton, near Torquay, and which proudly describes itself as the ‘home of Devon crab’, has said that if the experiment works out,…

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Iceland fish firm’s profits down

HB Grandi, Iceland’s second largest fishing and fish processing company, has announced reduced revenues and operating profits for the first nine months of this year. Income for the period totalled €149.2 million (£132.7 million) compared to €158 million (£141 million) in the previous year. The EBITDA was €24.1 million (£21.4 million), which represents about 16.2…

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‘Unique’ trawler blueprint unveiled

A NORWEGIAN ship design and building company has unveiled a blueprint for a new series of trawlers which are thought to be the near ultimate in sustainable fishing. The company, Ulstein, said its goal includes gentler handling of fish at sea and the introduction of more environmentally friendly innovations. It has been working closely on…

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Edinburgh Salmon Co faces closure threat

A MAJOR question mark hangs  over the future of the Edinburgh Salmon Company (also known as ESCo) and with it the jobs of around  250 people after its parent owners announced  that it was considering a sale or the possible closure of the business. A press release from its owner Europeenne de la Mer, a…

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Top marks for Peterhead’s new market

THE new Peterhead fish market has secured the highest AA food safety and quality rating just three months after opening for business. Assessors from BRC Global Standards granted the market its gold standard award following rigorous analysis of every aspect of daily operations. Peterhead Port Authority chief executive Simon Brebner said: ‘Winning this accreditation, which…

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Samherji unveils £103m profits

SAMHERJI, Iceland’s largest fishing and fish processing company, has unveiled pre-tax profits of 14.4 billion kroners (£103 million) for last year. The figure is slightly up on the previous year. Samherji has been investing heavily during the past few months, buying up a large UK fish distributor and a stake in the shipping company and…

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Negative image affecting seafood recruitment – survey

THE negative perception of working in the seafood processing industry is one of the main barriers to recruiting enough British  staff, company chiefs have said. Their comments are contained in the latest  comprehensive Seafish quarterly update on the labour situation, first launched late last year in the light of Brexit. The result is that, for a…

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Seachill drives up meat group's sales and profits

SEACHILL has helped to drive up the sales and profits of its new owner Hilton Foods, the half year results for 2018 have confirmed. The meat group Hilton, which has a global reach, paid £80-million for the Grimsby based seafood processor and owner of the successful Saucy Fish brand, in November last year. It has…

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