Morrisons Manufacturing, Grimsby

Morrisons Manufacturing, Grimsby


#Music My name is Neil Townend and I am the site
general manager. The factory is 35,000 square feet and we employ 340 people. When we started
out, we had about 180 (members of staff) so we’ve jumped up which has primarily been
driven by volume. We specialise in salmon, haddock and cod.
We also do various other ranges in pre-packed, so we do pangasius, plaice, smoked fish and
a high care range of ready to eat prawns. As part of Morrisons, we supply 45% of their
seafood range and we also supply in to some third parties as well. We provide fish onto counter, wet fish onto
counter, our pre-packed range is growing significantly, and we also have strong sales in our smoked
area as well, primarily in the coloured smoked as the customer demographic associates the
colour with smoked fish. The natural overheads of running a factory
itself, there’s the cost of converting the fish, the cost of packaging, labour, distribution.
As a part of Morrisons we have 500 stores to service so there is quite a significant
amount of transport that goes out of this site to make sure that we service all the stores. We do have our challenges around certain supplies
of fish coming in. The current supply of haddock is in somewhat short supply at the moment
but we do manage this with our local suppliers. We are in a strong category of growth
within the business, so we are growing. Our volumes are significantly
growing at site on a week by week basis. There are significant advantages to being
in Grimsby, a lot of our container fish is landed
at Immingham port and is transported through to Grimsby
so that deliveries come straight in and we have a prime location for the transport network
into site and away to export. I enjoy the day to day difference and variation
that you get in this role; no day is the same, every day presents a different challenge. It really is a fast paced business. It doesn’t suit everybody but it is something
that I thrive on. #Music

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