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Seafood covers the gamut of issues: health - through consumption of poly-unsaturated fatty acids and dangers - through potentially increased consumption of heavy metals; questions about sustainable sourcing; and big issues around new product development to make fish and shellfish (molluscs) more acceptable to consumers. Don’t waste time fishing around for essential information when you can get it from one informed source.

Young’s lost Sainsbury contract risks hundreds of jobs

Hundreds of jobs at Young’s Seafood could be at risk, after the manufacturer lost a key contract to supply Sainsbury with salmon.

Salmon boosts seafood industry jobs

Salmon firms have boosted employee numbers by more than a quarter over two years, leading to a net increase in jobs across the seafood industry, according to trade body Seafish.

Mariner Foods assets sale

Mariner Foods’ assets are being sold off after the Grimsby-based seafood firm plunged into administration three weeks ago.

China and seafood top drivers for Scottish food exports

Fish, seafood and China drove Scottish food export growth over the past year, according to figures just released by the Scottish government.

Women put off fishing and brewing by safety and macho behaviour

Macho behaviour and safety fears are putting women off working in the brewing and fisheries industries, according to research.

News in brief

Job threat as Mariner Foods enters administration

Jobs are threatened at Mariner Foods after the seafood business entered administration on May 5, having been set up just three years ago.

Processing space available at £20M fish park

Plans for Fleetwood Fish Park will officially be launched on May 5 and seafood processors will be able to secure space at the 13,000m2 Lancashire site, which will create up...

Loch Duart Smokehouse halts Outer Hebrides ops

Scottish salmon farmer Loch Duart has halted operations at the Outer Hebrides smokehouse it bought in 2008.

Iglo Foods sold to Nomad for £1.87bn

Frozen food firm Iglo Foods has been snapped up by investment firm Nomad Holdings for £1.87bn (€2.6bn), in a deal announced on Monday (April 20).

Upmarket food a growing trend for foodservice

Food manufacturers supplying the foodservice market should focus on a growing trend for upmarket on-the-go and sharing products driven by the popularity of US-style street food, according to industry representatives.

Young’s posts growth despite ‘challenging’ market

Young’s Seafood has boosted annual operating profit by almost a quarter as a result of sales growth in both branded and own-label fish despite “challenging market conditions”.

Fish factory fire hits landings and prices

Northbay Pelagic’s fish processing unit in Peterhead is likely to be out of action until the tail end of the herring season, hitting UK landings and probably reducing prices.

Fleetwood Fish Park cash to create 150 local jobs

Up to 150 jobs could be created at Fleetwood Fish Park in Lancashire after prime minister David Cameron announced it had won £2.5M worth of funding from the Regional Growth Fund.

Rainham smoked salmon factory blaze

Fire hit Scotch Smoked Salmon Co in Rainham, Essex, on February 10, taking four fire engines and 21 firefighters to bring under control according to the London Fire Brigade.

Ishida offers bespoke fixed-weight fish fillet packs

A bespoke weighing system has been developed by Ishida for German seafood processor Deutsche See Fischmanufaktur, which weighs just two large fresh fish fillets for a fixed-weight pack while keeping...

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Dalton Philips’ departure from Morrisons leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Morrisons’ new fish site to create 200 jobs

Morrisons will open a new fish manufacturing site in Grimsby by the end of the year, creating 200 jobs and doubling its capacity in a bid meet “growing demand” for...

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Young’s Seafood appoints new boss

Young’s Seafood has appointed Pete Ward as its ceo.

Surf ‘n’ turf will tempt younger shoppers: Mintel

Food manufacturers and retailers could tempt younger shoppers with ‘surf ‘n’ turf’ meals that marry meat and fish ingredients, according to new research from Mintel.

100 set to strike at Sharpak packaging site

Workers at a Sharpak food packaging site at Yate in Bristol are poised to take part in two 24-hour strikes this week over alleged changes to working hours.

Morrisons’ shopper finds tongue-eating parasite in fish

A Morrisons’ shopper got more than he bargained for when he discovered a tongue-eating parasite in his portion of sea bass.

Food manufacturing awards

Ichiban UK wins food manufacturing industry Oscar

Stowmarket-based sushi firm Ichiban UK has wrapped up a coveted award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) last week. 

G&J Jack fish factory saved by fire service

G&J Jack fish factory has escaped disaster thanks to the prompt actions and expertise of the local Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which battled a blaze at the Fraserburgh plant....

EU Protected food names: interactive map

Dundee Cake looks set to become the next food product to receive Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status after Scotland’s food secretary Richard Lochhead launched a national consultation to consider the...

Coombe Fisheries new £4M site creates 27 jobs

Coombe Fisheries has doubled its processing capacity and created 27 new jobs with a new £4M seafood packing, freezing and storage facility in Barnstaple, Devon.