New Grimsby food company offers a Five Star lifeline to 25 employees

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Apr 2018

Fledgling food company Scratch Meals is offering a lifeline for Five Star Fish employees fearing for their future.

The health-focused business, on neighbouring Europarc, has launched a major recruitment drive, with 25 vacancies created as it prepares to launch a new product line.

Five Star announced on Wednesday that a consultation was underway on the future of the site, which they say is not sustainable in its current form . A total of 390 jobs are at risk.

Phil Pinnell, managing director, said: “We are hiring for a new product. It is 25 people, across a variety of roles. Some are on production lines, we are looking for people for the hot kitchen and looking for quality control and quality assurance candidates as well. We also have production planner and production assistant roles, which are office based.

“It is terrible what may happen. We hope we may get some great staff looking for these new positions.

“We hope we are putting something back. We are really committed to the town, to the local area. It is the centre of all our operations. Some of the larger companies have national head offices and factories across the piece, we are focused purely on Grimsby.”

Shortlisted this month in the Business Development category of May’s Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards, it came to town in late 2016, having initially launched product development work in London.

Moving lock, stock and barrel 200 miles north, Morrisons’ departure from Humber Seafood Institute once its second Europarc factory was up and running provided the ideal opportunity, described as already kitted out to 80 per cent what they needed to flourish.

Drawn here by the food cluster status, with available skills and supply chain knowledge, it has gone on to secure national supermarket listings for its Fit Kitchen range, with headcount up to 60 from a slender start.

Nutritionist Sharmain Davis and 2011’s Professional MasterChef winner Ash Mair helped develop the original range, fresh meal kits, adding summer salads and then protein pots.

Sainsbury’s has been a big customer, rolling out in more than 300 stores, as it capitalises on the fitness drive that has captivated many.

The new product is being kept under wraps for now, but it hopes to launch in the next month.

Anyone interested in the roles should call (01472) 268144 or email operations@mealsfromscratch.co.uk

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