NEW England Seafood International (NESI) has acquired Albert Darnell, one of Grimsby’s leading fish processors. The news was confirmed by Darnell’s today and described as a very positive move.
New England, which is also thought to have bought additional land near the Grimsby factory, has said it will provide the space it needs for further growth.
Based in Chessington, Surrey, New England is a UK company despite its American east coast sounding title and is a major supplier of fresh and frozen premium sustainable fish and seafood in the UK and one of the largest importers of fresh tuna.
With an annual turnover of more than £90 million, its customers include the UK’s leading supermarkets such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, as well as smaller retail outlets, restaurant chains, food service markets and wholesale sectors nationwide.
It is has been looking for extra capacity for some time and talks with Albert Darnell are thought to have started at least two or three months ago. Both companies have yet to make an official statement about the proposed deal.
The company sources more than 30 species of wild and farmed fish and seafood from over 40 countries worldwide.
Albert Darnell, which employs around 100 people, was founded by Gordon Woods and his son Mike in 1982.
The factory was originally on the North Wall but moved to the modern business park, Europarc, a few years ago where it has a 37,000 square foot plant. The company has a diverse portfolio producing a range of salmon for major retailers.
Albert Darnell’s modern facility includes the very latest in fish processing equipment, combined with the very latest in retail packing systems, which it says keeps it at the forefront of the industry.