Pro­ces­sor in ma­jor ex­pan­sion

Fish Farmer - - Processing News -

LESS than three months af­ter be­ing taken over by the Ja­panese marine gi­ant Nis­sui, the Grimsby seafood pro­cess­ing com­pany Flat­fish is em­bark­ing on a multi-mil­lion pound ex­pan­sion.

The de­vel­op­ment was an­nounced dur­ing a visit to the com­pany in July by fish­eries min­is­ter Robert Good­will.

Flat­fish plans to dou­ble its pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, mainly to serve the su­per­mar­ket chain Waitrose, its prin­ci­pal cus­tomer. The in­vest­ment will also in­clude a new train­ing fa­cil­ity.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Stans­field told the min­is­ter it would be a world class fa­cil­ity, adding: ‘De­spite Brexit, we will con­tinue to in­vest in the seafood in­dus­try.’

Nis­sui is the world’s sec­ond largest seafood and marine busi­ness and in May its Euro­pean arm ac­quired a 75 per cent stake in Flat­fish, re­garded as one of the most ad­vanced seafood busi­nesses in the UK.

Nis­sui is also a global leader in farmed salmon and trout with ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties in Chile. It has an an­nual turnover of 7.8 bil­lion yen.

Nis­sui said in a state­ment that the ac­qui­si­tion fit­ted well with its strat­egy to strengthen its seafood sup­ply chain in the UK fol­low­ing its ac­qui­si­tion of Sealord Cais­tor (for­merly Sealord), near Grimsby two years ago.

Above: Robert Good­will

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