Prestigious forum reveals Grimsby's fishing virtues to the world
SCORES of UK seafood businesses, the majority from Grimsby, have explained the virtues of the town to a global industry audience.
North Atlantic Seafood Forum, in Norway, attracted people from more than 40 countries – and Europe's Food Town played a prominent role, during the main event and the evening's networking
The forum was kick-started by Young's Seafood's chief executive Leendert den Hollander, pictured below, who chaired a highly informative European retail seminar. It included a presentation by Marks & Spencer's head of sustainability Hannah Macintyre – a high-street giant that relies on Coldwater Seafood for much of its product range.
Grimsby's heritage was also explained by Young's Seafood director Mike Mitchell at a post-event reception facilitated by key representatives from North East Lincolnshire.
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Mr den Hollander said: "At Young's Seafood we see producing responsibly sourced seafood, and our commitment to encouraging people to eat seafood two times a week, as part of the same story.
"By focusing on sustainable growth the NASF retail seminar recognised how vital it is to the seafood industry and gave delegates the opportunity to hear perspectives on the subject from retailers in different countries.
"I very much enjoyed chairing the retail seminar and also discussing Young's approach to sustainable growth.
"Young's Seafood wants consumers to eat more seafood as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
"Such long-term growth can only be ensured through our commitment to sustainability and product integrity."
Following the first day of presentations, the UK and Humber representatives held a cocktail reception for delegates hosted by town based Seafish, the industry authority.
The reception was also supported by Coldwater, Grimsby's Seafox Management Consultants and The University of Hull, which are leading a European- wide partner programme looking at the wellbeing of North Sea Fisheries.
Jane Ryder, vice-chairman of Seafish, said: "The conference was an excellent opportunity to raise the collective profile of the UK sector, as well as for individual businesses to engage with key players in the global seafood industry.
"I was pleased to be able to introduce the work of Seafish to delegates at the reception, and grateful for Mike Mitchell of Young's for his interesting and informative presentation on the heritage of the Grimsby fisheries and processing industry."
NASF brings together seafood businesses and organisations that are either investing or supplying in the Humber and Grimsby seafood processing sector.
NASF UK and Ireland representative, Simon Dwyer, said: "NASF is becoming the important date in the diary for all the major seafood businesses.
"As well as Northern Europe and Scandinavia engagement, NASF is attracting more and more organisations from Africa and South America the majority of these businesses have an interest in supplying seafood to the Humber and Grimsby seafood processing sector."
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