Morrisons buys trawler to secures future fish and seafood supplies

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MORRISONS has moved to secure future fish and seafood supplies — by buying its own trawler.

Amid concerns over ongoing wrangling with the EU, the supermarket chain acquired Falfish, a family-owned seafood wholesaler.

Supermarket chain Morrisons has scaled up its fish and seafood operations by buying a fishing boat to secure its future supplies

And the Cornish firm’s 30ft trawler, the Jacqui A, is part of the deal.

Morrisons becomes the first supermarket to own its own fishing boat — and more than 80 per cent of fish and shellfish will now come from its own seafood operations.

The chain is known for its farm-to-plate policy, owning more livestock, processing plants and food factories than rivals.

Recent large UK tariffs on fish caught around Greenland have seen prices soar.

Andrew Thornber, of Morrisons, said: “The move will help secure the supply of fish and shellfish into Morrisons stores and online.

“Bringing Falfish into Morrisons further strengthens our position as Britain’s biggest food-maker.”

The move comes as concerns are rising due to the ongoing wrangling with the EU

Andrew Thornber, of Morrisons, said the deal ‘further strengthens our position as Britain’s biggest food-maker’

Falfish also sources from 70 local fishing vessels and three leading fish markets in the South West — in Brixham, Plymouth and Newlyn.

MD Mark Greet said: “The acquisition is great news for Falfish’s Cornish operations and the wider community, bringing investment and access to many new opportunities.”

The firm processes a range of 56 wild and farmed frozen and fresh seafood from the South West coastline.

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