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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Fish factory axes 40 jobs after loss of key contract

Forty jobs have been axed from a Maryport fish processing firm this week.

Grants Smokehouse, on the Solway Industrial Estate, laid off 40 workers on Wednesday after it lost a major contract.

It is believed the contract was for the supply of salmon to the Morrisons supermarket chain. Morrisons declined to comment last night.

Grants issued a statement which said: “The sudden loss of a major contract with a long-term customer has led to the decision to lay off 40 people effective from Wednesday.”

Tony Ingham, a spokesman for the firm, paid tribute to a loyal workforce, some of whom had been there for many years.

He said the company’s management team was working hard to find new business and to keep the situation under review.

It is understood that more than 130 people work at the plant, although the company declined to comment.

Grants, originally part of Cumbria Seafoods, was under threat in 2009 when the company pulled out of Maryport to set up in Seaham, County Durham, after being attracted to the North East by promised set-up grants.

Jonathan Brown, a former Maryport man who set up a business in Miami, bought the factory, saving 60 jobs.

Mr Ingham said the company had an excellent product to market.

This was borne out last year when Grants helped Morrisons to gain the title of fish retailer of the year after the Maryport company won the best fish and best overall categories in the SuperMeat and Fish Awards.

In 2010 Grants bought another former Cumbrian Seafood factory, Glendawn, creating 30 extra jobs. It also won top prize in an international seafood expo in Brussels for its salmon bacon.

A spokesman for Morrisons said company policy was that it did not comment on any issues relating to suppliers past or present.

Have your say

who wants to buy salmon these days

Posted by dave on 18 May 2013 at 15:13

I guess it's back to Poland, then.

Posted by ian on 17 May 2013 at 17:31

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