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Humber's billion pound Food Industry Conference

Delegates at this year's Humber Seafood Summit are to get a tasty reminder of the region's contribution to the nation's dining tables thanks to Hull and East Yorkshire Bondholders.

The group's marketing team has produced maps for the event that show how the region is a vital food producer for the UK, producing 70 per cent of its seafood.

Peter Aarosin, chairman of the bondholders, a 185-strong group of businesses who work together to promote the Humber, said: "The maps are an informative and entertaining reminder that food production and processing is a major industry throughout the Humber region.

"Most people know that Grimsby is a fish processing powerhouse, but there is much more to the Humber food and drink story.

"The region has one of Britain's biggest bakeries, is the home of the country's favourite Yorkshire puddings and has many very successful niche food businesses.

"Food is one of a number of major industries that unite the Humber and underline the region's importance to the UK economy.

"We are committed to raising the profile of the Humber and its key business sectors and our support for the Humber Seafood Summit is a great way to do that."

The Humber region boasts more than 500 food companies, employing 28,500 people.

Firms on the north bank of the Humber featured on the map include Hessle-based J Marr, a world leader in trading of fish harvested from the world's oceans, and Hull's AAK, which supplies edible oil to most of the UK's food makers.

Two companies in the William Jackson Food Group, which is based in Hull, are also profiled.

Jackson's Bakery produces one million loaves of bread each week, destined for 28 countries, while Aunt Bessie's produces Britain's favourite Yorkshire puddings, 20 million of which are baked every week.

The "fabulous food region" maps follow the production by the bondholders of maps illustrating the Humber as the UK's Energy Estuary.

The two-day food event, which is organised and funded by Seafish and the Humber Seafood Group, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday in Grimsby.

Dr Paul Williams, chief executive of Seafish, said: "We feel this year's programme of speakers and presentations address many issues head on, giving the benefit of expert knowledge and a global perspective."

Now in its fourth year, the Humber Seafood Summit will bring together a panel of respected industry and Government speakers to address delegates from across Europe.

The conference will tackle issues on fish authenticity, certification, fisheries future and the opportunities and challenges for seafood in a constrained world.

Source: - 13 September 2013