Processor in major expansion
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