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Food Processing

Food Town, Food People. Grimsby has one of the largest concentrations of food manufacturing, innovation, storage and distribution in Europe.

We are the centre of the UK’s seafood industry and we have:

  • around 500 food-related companies
  • Grimsby Fish Market: a European leader, handling around 20,000 tonnes of fresh fish per annum
  • Grimsby Seafood Village: incorporating 21 seafood processing units within the Port of Grimsby
  • Specialist food storage and distribution, including 230,000 tonnes of on-port/adjacent cold storage capacity at Grimsby
  • proven supply chain of specialist food sector service companies
  • leadership in innovation food technology and research
  • a ready and able workforce with a strong food culture
  • Strong food traditions including European PGI recognition of Grimsby Traditionally Smoked Fish
  • Fast access to UK food production areas and consumer markets, from a ‘north-south central’ location, within 1 HGV driver shift
  • Direct port access, providing sea freight connectivity to European and global markets
  • Specialist services including process and refrigeration plant engineering/maintenance
  • Specialist expertise including packaging, food waste management and sustainable energy
  • Recognised excellence in the production of chilled, prepared meals and soups

South Humber is strategically located for fast access to UK and international food and seafood production areas, and consumer markets. These location advantages have supported the growth of an advanced food and seafood industry ecosystem, with specialised skills, services, training provision and R&D. Additional advantages for businesses include significant labour and property cost savings and specialised property solutions.

Major companies already thriving here include:

  • Young’s Seafood – Europe’s leading seafood firm has three local production sites and is headquartered in Grimsby
  • Country Style Foods – a modern craft bakery company that works closely with leading retailers and food service companies
  • Hain Daniels Group – Manufacturers of chilled soups using the New Covent Garden Soup Company brand, supplying all major retailers
  • Morrisons – Chose Grimsby as the location for their first fish processing facility and continue to expand
  • Icelandic Seachill – Major Icelandic owned frozen and chilled seafood supplier, home to one of the UK’s fastest growing food brands – Saucy Fish Co a UK “Cool Brand”

Humber Seafood Institute

The £5.6 million Humber Seafood Institute was the first of its kind to open in the UK and is home to the Seafish Industry Authority and Morrisons. The Institute provides incubation and managed workspace units; new product development kitchens; chemical and environmental laboratory facilities; and microbiological laboratories.