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Food Manufacturing

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Home to the £5.6M Humber Seafood Institute. The first of its kind in the UK

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Grimsby is ‘Europe’s Food Town’, home to around 500 food related companies

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The North East Lincolnshire food cluster employs up to 15,000 people

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UK’s leading seafood cluster, processing around 70% of the nations seafood


South Humber is home to a cluster of food and seafood manufacturing, processing and service companies that is outstanding in the UK.


The food industry is worth more than £2.5bn to North East Lincolnshire


South Humber’s location advantages for food and seafood companies include:


  • Direct port access, providing sea freight connectivity to European and global markets
  • Fast access to UK food production areas and consumer markets, from a ‘north-south central’ location, within 1 HGV driver shift
  • Specialist services including process and refrigeration plant engineering/maintenance
  • Specialist food storage and distribution, including 230,000 tonnes of on-port/adjacent cold storage capacity at Grimsby
  • Specialist expertise including packaging, food
    waste management and sustainable energy
  • Recognised excellence in the production of chilled, prepared meals and soups
  • Grimsby Fish Market: a European leader, handling around 20,000 tonnes of fresh fish per annum
  • Grimsby Seafood Village: incorporating 21 seafood processing units within the Port of Grimsby

Skilled Labour Supply


Available Food Manufacturing Workforce


chart showing percentage of workers in food manufacturing

Source: ONS, UK Government, 2018 (employees; Travel to Work Areas)

The numbers in the chart above show that as a percentage of all employees (within the travel to work area) working in manufacturing, South Humber’s manufacturing workforce is more than six times the Great Britain average (7.5% versus 1.2%).

Location% of workers in food manufacturing (SIC10)
Cornwall2.3%
Devon1.2%
Norfolk2.4%
Lincolnshire5.5%
Nottinghamshire2.6%
Derbyshirt2.7%
North East Lincolnshire7.5%
Lancashire2.0%
North Yorkshire3.7%
Aberdeenshire3.8%
Great Britain Average1.2%

chart showing percentage of workers that are process plant and machine operatives

Source: ONS, UK Government, 2020 (% of all in employment; Travel to Work Areas)

The numbers in the chart above show that as a percentage of all employees (within the travel to work area) working in the process plant and machine operatives category, South Humber’s skilled technical workforce is more than double the Great Britain average (14.9% vs 5.9%) and higher than other key UK food manufacturing locations.

Location% process plant and machine operatives (SOC8)
Cornwall5.3%
Devon4.5%
Norfolk5.6%
Lincolnshire9.0%
Nottinghamshire7.8%
Derbyshirt9.8%
North East Lincolnshire14.9%
Lancashire5.9%
North Yorkshire6.7%
Aberdeenshire6.3%
Great Britain Average5.8%

Based in North East Lincolnshire

Young's Seafood logo
Hilton Seafood logo
Morrisons logo
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2 Sisters Food Group logo
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