Storer moves from 2 Sisters to Young’s

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Storer will run Annan Port Street’s scampi plant amid a period of growth in production volumes
Storer will run Annan Port Street’s scampi plant amid a period of growth in production volumes
Young’s Seafood has appointed Billy Storer, who previously led 2 Sisters Food Group’s ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook production at its Derby site, as head of operations at its Humberstone Road facilities in Grimsby.

Storer would spearhead plans to expand its Humberstone Road facility, which would include managing new contracts to supply natural salmon and coated fish and the construction of an extension there, Young’s said.

He would also run Annan Port Street’s scampi plant in Scotland amid a period of growth in production volumes, the company added.

The Humberstone Road site includes a salmon centre of excellence, which would incorporate a dedicated Marks & Spencer facility and new coated fish capability for Marks & Spencer, set to open on 18 October, according to Young’s. Capability for fish finger and other coated fish production would also reside at the site, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

Previous roles

Storer has previously held senior operational roles across Premier Foods, ABF, United Biscuits, Kraft Foods and Molson Coors, and has a Master’s degree in lean Six Sigma and operational excellence.

Storer will report to group operations director Duncan McIntyre and will take over the role on 13 August.

“Billy has a history of successfully implementing great customer service, process improvement and change management programmes wherever he has worked,”​ said Bill Showalter, chief executive officer at Young’s Seafood. “His extensive experience will be extremely valuable as we further develop this outstanding site and execute our long-term growth strategy.”

Substantial contract

The appointment follows an announcement from Young’s that it had bought a former XPO Logistics site valued at £1.5m in Grimsby, consisting of six buildings, an office block and cold stores.

The company has also achieved further growth in exports, with increased distribution, new products and extensions to existing lines in the US.

The business has confirmed that it plans to close its Pinneys site at Annan before the end of this year, threatening 450 jobs​, and shift natural salmon production from there to Grimsby.

2 Sisters announced plans at the start of this year to create 136 jobs at its Derby site, which specialises in cooked chicken production, after clinching a major retail deal​.

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