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Fish firm to cut jobs

Fish firm to cut jobs

A UK firm that specialises in processing fish is set to cut 250 jobs due to a decrease in consumer demand.

Grimsby-based Icelandic Seachill currently employs over 1,500 people at three food manufacturing factories across the area.

Icelandic Seachill manufactures a variety of fish products for some of the UK's most prominent food retailers, who then market them under their own brands. The company also owns the popular Saucy Fish range.

However, the firm is being forced to consider job cuts at its South Humberside Industrial Estate following a review of operations that revealed there has been a decrease in demand for some the brand's products.

The business has decided it will cease to produce ready meals for supermarkets and will concentrate on delivering its other ranges to a high standard instead, as these experienced greater levels of interest over the recent Christmas period.

Not all employees will lose their jobs at the South Humberside site though, as the company's chief executive Malcolm Eley said the firm's delicatessen division would continue to operate from there.

The business has also said it will continue to support the members of staff whose jobs are cut as it plans to relocate as many people as it can across the company.

Mr Eley said: "It is a regrettable position but if the proposals do go ahead, our number one priority is to support those directly impacted and we will do everything in our power to redeploy as many people as possible across our other UK sites."

He added that Icelandic Seachill had recently increased the number of ready meals it was producing, but a decrease in demand meant the firm could no longer justify employing high levels of staff in this sector.

Steve Norton of the Humber Seafood Group also commented on the news, saying it was shocking and disappointing for the local community.

Icelandic Seachill will now embark on a 45-day long consultation with trade unions before the extent of the cuts will be fully confirmed.


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