#3: Meet Royal Greenland in the United Kingdom
When the boat comes in… loaded with Frozen at Sea cod from one of Royal Greenland’s trawlers, it typically docks in Grimsby & Immingham, the most important port for general cargo, and seafood in particular, on the north-east shore of United Kingdom.
From the Port of Grimsby & Immingham it is distributed into all corners of the UK, where seafood consumption is significant, as it is a country surrounded by water and has a long tradition of fishing. With an average per capita consumption of around 24 kilograms per year, the market presents significant opportunities for companies in the seafood industry such as Royal Greenland.
Fish and chips, the world famous traditional British dish remains one of the most popular ways to enjoy seafood, especially here in the summertime in the many coastal towns and holiday destinations. The irresistible combination of a whole fillet of battered cod or haddock resting atop a mound of steaming hot chunky chips is the quintessential British comfort food.
Home of the Fish & Chips
Home of the Fish & Chips
“Did you know? Hailed as the nation’s number 1 dish, Fish & Chips has its own national day which was on Friday June 2nd this year!”
Commercial Manager Tony Roberts has been with Royal Greenland for 7 years and has sold numerous loads of cod into pub groups and restaurant chains: ‘Two types of cod in Royal Greenland’s assortment are very high in demand here in the UK; the Frozen at Sea cod from the off-shore fisheries and the renowned Nutaaq cod from the coastal fishing communities along the Greenlandic west coast.” he explains.
Royal Greenland UK Commercial Manager Tony Roberts promoting our FAS Cod at customer’s industry trade event
High service level around the clock with only a dozen people
Tony is one of twelve Royal Greenland Champions serving the UK market. The team is made of great people all with various experience and background. In the office in Manchester the team covers five different nationalities assisting the UK customers with all aspects of finance, logistics, supply chain, technical, sales or marketing queries.
Royal Greenland UK Logistics and Technical team
Royal Greenland UK Technical Development Manager Alison Rae at one of our lobster plants in Newfoundland, Canada
Royal Greenland UK Senior Technical Assistant Nidtima Maroengsit sampling our tasty MSC cooked and peeled coldwater prawns at an industry event
Head of Sales Andrew Wrigley and Senior Commercial Manager Ian Alexander representing Royal Greenland UK at a major food exhibition
Managing Director Randall Jennings has headed the team since 2013 and takes a deep breath while thinking back on the last 5-7 years: ‘When the leave-vote on Brexit became a reality we knew that we would have a lot of work ahead of us as to adapting to new legislation even before it was in place and to start assisting the Greenlandic authorities with market insights in the ongoing endeavours towards a trade agreement for Greenlandic seafood. It has – and still is – extremely complex and the team has done an incredible job in finding new solutions in today’s market with duty on goods from Greenland. And then on top came Covid in 2020!’ Randall smiles, with slight relief: ‘I’m glad we didn’t know what we had ahead of us at that time – but today we stand so much stronger with so much experience and insights into areas that we never thought would be necessary, but situations that have created an extremely strong team spirit and winning mentality’.
A transactional supplier? No thanks!
One of the things that the team in the UK insists on is being a valued partner of choice and a strong industry player. This implies understanding both the foodservice market, the culinary landscape, the Chefs, the buying Groups and the shopper’s behaviour as solid preparation for dialogues with the UK customers in all channels.
Head of Sales Andrew Wrigley and Marketing Manager Solenne Labarere therefore insist on finding time for market research, Chef’s Focus Groups and consumer testings: ‘Most of the Chefs do not have time to familiarize themselves with all details when it comes to setting their menu and ordering their seafood. We need to be a trusted seafood partner rather than just a transactional supplier’, Andrew explains, ‘and we have to show our customers that we offer a strong relationship and products that customers can trust in’.
One way to build this trust goes via dialogue and in-dept understanding of the actual needs. Here in June, Solenne and Andrew are just tying up the very interesting findings that have come out of qualitative in-dept focus group talks with selected Chefs from various businesses during the spring.
Team picture of the participating chefs and Royal Greenland UK from a day with great insights to how seafood is being purchased and used in professional kitchens
The Rolls Royce of Prawns
Royal Greenland has a long history of supplying coldwater prawns into the UK market, the world’s largest market in this particular category. The characteristic blue, black and golden bags with the Royal Greenland logo have amongst foodservice professionals and sandwich manufacturers been called the Rolls Royce of Prawns.
‘As the world’s largest supplier in the world’s largest market for this category we have a strong obligation to understand both the foodservice market and the consumer preferences’, Solenne explains: ‘Again and again, consumer tests confirms the performance of our coldwater prawns as sweet, juicy and very well suited for a variety of dishes and that coldwater prawns stand out from other species on performance in a range of dishes from the iconic Prawn Cocktail to contemporary servings in bowls, salads and sandwiches’.
Royal Greenland UK brings in prawns from Greenlandic fisheries, and after Brexit, also more and more prawns from the Canadian side of the Davis Strait, where Royal Greenland operates 9 facilities in the local fishing communities in Atlantic Canada.
One of the Canadian facilities supplying to the UK market is the factory in St. Anthony, owned and operated by the Royal Greenland Group.
In the next issue of Meet Royal Greenland, we invite you to come to St. Anthony to see the packing of coldwater prawns for the UK market.
About the Meet Royal Greenland series
About the Meet Royal Greenland series
In this series of articles, we invite you on a tour of the Royal Greenland organization; from the small factories along the coast of West Greenland to our large seagoing production trawlers to our sales offices around the world and many more. Welcome to Meet Royal Greenland!