MPs 'disappointed' as Young's lose £30m Asda contract and fears emerge over future of Sainsbury's deal

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Jun 2018

Local MPs have expressed their disappointment at the news that Grimsby sea food manufacturer Young's has lost a £30 million contract with Asda, but remain hopeful that jobs will not be lost.

On Wednesday Young's Seafood was dealt a major blow by Asda after the supermarket giant confirmed that the Grimsby based manufacturer would by losing its £30 million contract.

It is believed that they have lost the whitefish and prawn own-label work.

It comes as Sainsbury's is now reported to be reviewing its £40 million contract with the sea food maker for its chilled whitefish. In 2015 Young's lost a £100 million salmon contract with the supermarket.

Sainsbury's is reportedly describing the move as a value chain analysis or a “strategic supplier base review”.

However bad news for one Grimsby firm could mean good news for another as New England Seafood International are reported to be lined up for the cod and haddock business.

Young's is to lose £30m of work from supermarket giant Asda

It acquired Albert Darnell on Grimsby's Europarc in 2016, and used to process for Young's.

A Young's Seafood Limited spokesperson said: "While we're naturally disappointed to not have retained this business, Asda remain an important customer for Young's where we will continue to work together across several categories to deliver great fish and seafood products for their customers.

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"Our existing relationships with multiple retailers and our recent natural whitefish, salmon and coated fish contract wins demonstrate our ongoing expertise and leadership in own-label and our ability to retain and grow business."

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has expressed his disappointment on hearing the news, and says that he will speak with the manufacturer this week to press for assurances regarding job loses.

He said: "This is clearly a disappointment to all involved.

"I have not had a chance yet to speak with Young's in an official capacity, however I am meeting with them tomorrow and I shall press for reassurances about possible job loses, and I hope that there will not be any.

"If a Grimsby company is going to pick up the contract, that is a positive as if jobs are lost, then more may well be created.

"These are unsettling times to all concerned, especially the employees and I shall be seeking reassurances on their behalf."

Melanie Onn MP for Grimsby

Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn has said that she is seeking a meeting with Asda so that she can press to do all she can to make sure that jobs remain in the area.

She said: “We have the skilled workers, we have the facilities - there is no place better suited for these jobs than our cluster of expertise in Grimsby.”

“I am seeking a meeting with ASDA and have written to them too - I will do all I can to keep these jobs in our town.”

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The council has said that despite this news it will push to ensure that Grimsby remains at the forefront of the seafood sector.

Angela Blake, Director of Economy and Growth, said: “As with other recent local announcements, positive and negative, in the fish processing industry, we’ll be working with those involved to ensure Grimsby remains at the forefront of the sector."

Young's are not commenting on the Sainsbury's contract.

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