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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

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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
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Skilled Labour Supply


Available Food Manufacturing Workforce


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

As a percentage of all employees, South Humber’s food manufacturing workforce is outstanding amongst key UK locations in the sector, and more than 6 x the Great Britain average.


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)

South Humber’s skilled technical workforce is shown by the highest percentage of ‘process, plant and machine operative’ workers (as % of all employees) amongst key UK food manufacturing locations, and more than 2 x the Great Britain average.


Based in North East Lincolnshire

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2 Sisters Food Group logo
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