Young’s Seafood Limited has announced the signing of three significant contracts with Marks & Spencer, which will potentially create 200 new jobs in Lincolnshire.
These new contracts will see Young’s Seafood supply M&S with chilled and frozen coated fish, natural salmon and white fish from 2018 to 2023.
Young’s Seafood has also announced that it has chosen to exit Deli and Meals production from its Pinneys site in Annan, Scotland, as this production is no longer financially sustainable.
Following a review of its UK operations, the company proposes to move the remaining natural salmon production undertaken at the Pinneys site to Young’s existing natural salmon facility at its Humberstone Road site in Grimsby.
The proposed site closure would potentially result in the loss of 450 roles from the Young’s Pinneys site before the end of 2018.
Should these proposals be implemented, the company will need to recruit 200 new roles in Grimsby, in addition to recruiting up to 50 roles at its Scampi factory in Annan to support growth.
Bill Showalter CEO of Young’s Seafood said: “The decision by M&S to partner with Young’s to supply its chilled and frozen coated fish, white fish and natural salmon underlines our continued position as the UK’s leading seafood supplier.
“Together with M&S, we will aim to inspire people to love fish now and for generations to come.”
Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby said: “I am pleased that Marks & Spencer have taken the decision to keep these vital contracts in Grimsby.
“In Grimsby, we’ve got the skilled workers needed to make these products, and so their decision is not just good for the town, it also makes good business sense for them.”