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.
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.”
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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