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UK seafood supplier breaks £100m barrier. An historic supplier of fresh and frozen seafood has increased turnover past the £100m mark as it continues to grow, according to a news report by Insider Media.

Sykes & Sons is a family run business founded in Manchester by Joseph Sykes in 1862, trading in wet fish and Dutch shrimp. Today, it supplies to more than 500 wholesale customers, multi-national retailers and food manufacturers. It also has a production site in Maghull.

As a result of planning and commitment along with the consistent improvement in quality of frozen at sea products, by the late 1990s, Sykes was the biggest importer in England of Icelandic-white fish and prawns. Since then, the company has continued to grow rapidly, now employing over 85 staff in management and support roles and a further 40 staff in the production facilities. Although now only 5% of the company’s business is conducted through the fish market, the Manchester Smithfield Market does, however, provide a base for the company’s cold stores, distribution and offices which conduct the business.

For the year to 31 December 2018, J. Sykes & Sons reported turnover of £104.5m compared to £99.7m the prior period.

Sykes & Sons is one of the UK’s leading independent fresh and frozen seafood suppliers. They have developed their expertise in supplying mixed-pallet to multiple-pallet quantities of frozen seafood to foodservice groups, wholesalers, retailers, and processors. They also produce three brands, Arctic Royal, Clear Seas and Glenmyr. Offering a daily national delivery service, with cold store picking and dispatch from their Manchester premises. All their facilities have a minimum of BRC AA grade and strictly adhere to IUU Fish EU regulations and display the blue MSC eco-label.