Seafood giant welcomes new head of technical to expanded site

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Mar 2019

Grimsby’s seafood giant Young’s has a new head of technical at its Humberstone Road Cluster.

John Jukes is familiar with the area’s processing scene and key client Marks and Spencer, having worked for cross-town rival Icelandic Group, before his recent time with sausage-maker Samworth Brothers in Leicester.

He served Coldwater and the group before heading to Walkers Deli and the Sausage Co business, following former managing director Anita Barker south. 

Mr Jukes, who has 27 years’ experience leading technical functions across food and drink manufacturing, started yesterday, Monday, March 4, taking on responsibility for leading the site technical team in driving product safety, integrity and quality.

The site has been significantly expanded following the acquisition of XPO Logistics' facility on Ladysmith Road, which neighboured the original town plant. And it will see him reunited with high street giant M&S's work, with Grimsby's leading seafood processor taking on part of the contract that was previously served by Coldwater, then the now-closed Five Star Fish. 

Bill Showalter, chief executive of Young’s Seafood Ltd, said: “I’m pleased to announce that John Jukes will join our business as head of technical for our Humberstone Road Cluster, based in Grimsby. John has a deep understanding of the specific technical and operational needs of seafood and has a great reputation with our customers that will help develop this outstanding site and execute our long-term growth strategy.”

He will report directly to Scott Johnston, group technical director for Young’s Seafood Ltd.

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