Young’s Seafood puts 450 jobs at risk in Scotland

Young’s Seafood taking over Marks and Spencer contract from Five Star Fish

Young’s Seafood has announced its takeover of the seafood contracts formerly held by Five Star Fish, and the potential addition of up to 200 new jobs in its plant in Grimsby, England.

The new contracts will see Young’s Seafood supply Marks and Spencer with chilled and frozen coated fish, natural salmon, and whitefish from 2018 to 2023.

The contracts were in question after Five Star Fish announced it will likely close due to troubles fulfilling its obligations to Marks and Spencer. The closure will result in the loss of an estimated 390 jobs.

Young’s Seafood plans to close a factory in Scotland, putting 450 jobs at risk as it grapples with “exceptionally challenging” market forces.

The plans – part of the firm’s One Young’s strategy – would see the Pinneys factory shut down by the end of the year.

It comes as speculation continues to swirl over a multi-million pound sale of the business after sources told the Press Association in December the firm’s private equity owners were working with boutique investment house Stamford Partners on a potential exit.

Chief executive Bill Showalter said: “Today’s proposals to close our Young’s Pinneys site does not reflect on the committed and skilled teams at Young’s Pinneys – they are a credit to our company and if these proposals do go ahead we will work hard to maintain the employment of all colleagues throughout this transition.

“We have a long history of seafood production in Annan and whatever the outcome of the consultation we will continue to be a part of the community, given our other factory site within the town.”

The firm is also eyeing an export push into China after expanding the brand across supermarket shelves in America.

Young’s has already partnered with Pennsylvania-based frozen fish supplier The Fishin’ Company to bring its products to US retailers such as Walmart.

The Grimsby-based group employs about 2,000 staff across seven sites.

It was bought by Lion Capital, Bain Capital and HPS Investment Partners (UK) from CapVest in 2008, as part of a £1.1 billion takeover that included the Findus brands.

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