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Food & Drink

The Humber, coined as Britain’s Kitchen, has one of the largest concentrations of food manufacturing, research, storage and distribution facilities in Europe, as well as Grimsby being the centre of the UK’s seafood industry.

In all, the region has more than 2,500 businesses in the food and drink sector, employing 35,000 people and making an ever-growing contribution of more than £2 billion to UK Plc.

The sector covers the whole food chain, from agriculture to manufacturing, processing, packaging, retail distribution education and training. It is one of the key industries that unite the Humber and underline the region’s importance to the UK economy.

Key employers that are proud to call the Humber home include; AAK UK, Aunt Bessie’s, Country StyleCranswick plc, Golden Wonder, Greencore, Hain Daniel Group, Icelandic Seachill, Lincoln & York, Pipers Crisps, William Jackson Food Group and Young’s Seafood.

Education and Training

Food and Drink businesses based within the Humber benefit from an unrivalled position at the centre of Britain’s Kitchen which provides world class education and training across all food and drink disciplines.

  • Bishop Burton College works with a range of industry partners including Asda and Cranswick to drive change in the food and farming industry. Through a range of applied research projects, the college is driving innovation in food production.
  • The £5.6m Humber Seafood Institute was the first of its kind to open in the UK and is home to the Seafish Industry Authority and Morrisons. The Institute provides incubation and managed workspace units; new product development kitchens; chemical and environmental laboratory facilities; and microbiological laboratories.
  • Grimsby Seafood Village was built with £3m of private investment to nurture 20 flourishing new enterprises.
  • Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education provides training, apprenticeships and applied research working with the seafood cluster. It is home to the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year.
  • The University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute is working with one of the UK’s largest supermarkets to manage the risk of modern slavery in their complex supply chains.
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