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Young’s Seafood Limited’s Technical and CSR Director Outlines New Innovation and Welcomes New Industry Collaboration to Tackle Seafood Integrity Issues

09 September 2015

Mike Mitchell, Technical and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Director of Young’s Seafood Limited, has given a speech welcoming the moves that have been made, during the past couple of years, to tackle food integrity issues.

Speaking at the World Seafood Congress, a prestigious event which brings together a wide range of industry, academic, Government and NGO stakeholders, Mike Mitchell also welcomed the innovation and collaborative efforts being made to help drive the seafood integrity agenda. 

During his speech, Mike Mitchell outlined Young’s Seafood Limited’s new, industry-leading business intelligence tools: the company’s sophisticated decision tree models which characterize food integrity risk in specific upstream scenarios. He highlighted how these decision tree models, along with the methodologies used by the company to handle product screening, help to ensure that the quality, specification, provenance and legality of the fish brought to market meets Young’s Seafood Limited’s high standards.

Mike Mitchell, Technical and CSR Director, said: “During 2015 the industry has been considering how to best develop intelligence hubs and how to produce new business intelligence products which give strategic and tactical direction for enforcement agencies and for industry’s own targeted due diligence programs. A new collaborative stakeholder group of twenty two major retailers, food service providers and food manufacturers has recently been formed, the ‘Food Industry Intelligence Network’ (FIIN). This group aims to create a shared intelligence resource and analytical database as means of multiplying the scope and coverage of their disparate individual efforts of horizon scanning and in-house due-diligence testing regimes. New tools […] should be premised on new business intelligence processes and focus on the development of shared values and longer term, collaborative and trusting relationships between ‘responsible’ businesses as exemplified by FIIN. At Young’s Seafood Limited we welcome this development and the moves being made to ensure there is more industry-wide collaboration on tackling seafood integrity issues in future.”

Young’s Seafood Limited is a Platinum Sponsor of this year’s World Seafood Congress, held in Grimsby, which focusses on the theme of ‘upskilling for a sustainable future’. Alongside Mike Mitchell, and additional speakers from Young’s Seafood Limited, other high profile speakers set to speak at this year’s World Seafood Congress include delegates from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Seafish, and representatives from academic establishments, NGOs and other industry leaders.

Young’s Seafood Limited is a leading processor of chilled and frozen, own-label and branded fish and seafood. A major supplier to UK retailers, Young’s Seafood Limited is home to Young’s, the UK’s leading frozen and chilled fish brand. With its award winning Fish for Life programme on responsible sourcing, and 10 Principles of Responsible Fish Procurement, the company is committed to ensuring that great quality fish is accessible to all, now and for generations to come. The Young’s brand in chilled and frozen is worth over £248.9million and, in the company’s most recent accounts for the financial year ending 2014, the company achieved Turnover of £595.6million, Operating profit before exceptional operating costs and amortisation of £25.2million and EBITDA of £36.5million. 

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