Hull fish processor F Smales & Son could close down its chilled seafood division

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Almost 100 jobs at risk at one of the UK’s leading fish and seafood suppliers.

Hull Live reports that the loss a major customer has contributed to F Smales & Son’s decision to close its chilled seafood division.

Smales has been operating since 1937 but its seafood factory – first opened in 1992 – supplies processed salmon as well as cod, haddock, seabass and seabream to supermarkets across the UK.

A statement released by the company said: “A long-established Hull fish merchant and fish processor, F Smales & Son (Fish Merchants) Ltd have to regrettably announce the potential closure of the Chilled Seafood Division and their factory on Witty Street, Hull.

“The potential closure is due to the loss of business with a major account and vertical integration within the industry.

“The effect of this potential closure of the Chilled Seafood Division of F Smales & Son (Fish Merchants) Ltd may result in the loss of 95 jobs in Hull.

“This is very disappointing news for our loyal workforce.”