Two of Grimsby’s largest fish processors have become part of the newly formed UK Seafood Industry Alliance, which will represent the industry’s interests in post Brexit trade arrangements.
Both Young’s Seafood and Icelandic Seachill will have a role in the national alliance organised by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) to campaign for the best possible future arrangements with the EU and other trading partners.
The aim is to provide a new voice at national, EU and international levels to meet the full range of challenges in providing consumers with secure, affordable, nutritious and sustainable fishery products at a time of uncertainty.
The UK Seafood Industry Alliance will have a membership structure which allows Seafood members of either FDF or PTF to be part of the Alliance and other seafood companies will be able to join by becoming members of either organisation, on their respective normal membership terms.
The secretariat will be based at PTF in Clerkenwell, London, who will be responsible for day to day operation.
The Alliance will take over the FDF’s existing membership of AIPCE-CEP (the European fish processors and traders association) and lead on behalf of the industry in discussions with the government and others on Brexit policy-making.
It will also work closely with Seafish and other organisations across the wider fisheries agenda.
Andrew Kuyk CBE, PTF Director General said: “Whatever the UK’s new relationship with the EU, maintaining the sustainability, integrity and viability of our seafood industry will be a paramount challenge.
“We will only succeed by working together in the common interest. Our new Alliance sends a powerful signal of intent. I am grateful for the support and trust of those who have promoted this initiative”.
Ian Wright CBE, FDF Director said: “In the post Brexit environment I believe this kind of close collaboration between Trade Associations will become a new normal if we are to represent members effectively.”