In an exhilarating development, three distinguished fish and chip shops from Wales, Nottinghamshire, and Yorkshire have been shortlisted as finalists in the Environment and Sustainability category of the 2024 National Fish and Chip Awards. This prestigious recognition underscores their commitment to eco-friendly practices and sustainable approaches within the industry.
The selection process was rigorous, involving a thorough evaluation of the environmental and sustainability efforts of fish and chip businesses across the UK. Judges focused on various aspects, such as innovative staff training methods, the impact of these environmental measures on the businesses in terms of people, profit, and the planet, and the guidance provided to other businesses in the industry.
The finalists, Hennighan’s in Machynlleth, Seaqueen Fisheries in Mansfield Woodhouse, and Whiteheads Fish and Chips in Hornsea, have each earned their spot as leading contenders for this coveted award.
Andrew Crook, President of the National Federation of Fish Friers and organizer of the awards, lauded the entrants for their progressive and eco-conscious business models. "This year's contenders have shown remarkable development in integrating sustainable measures," he commented. "In a challenging industry climate, our finalists stand out for their responsible practices and commitment to sourcing quality, sustainably produced ingredients for their local communities. We are proud to acknowledge and support their significant efforts."
Seafood from Norway, the principal sponsor of the awards and the Environment and Sustainability category, emphasizes the critical role of sustainability in the seafood sector. Victoria Braathen, UK Director of the Norwegian Seafood Council, highlights the importance of responsible practices in every aspect of the fish and chip industry, from the sourcing of fish to packaging and staffing. "The Norwegian seafood industry is proud to supply responsibly sourced Norwegian cod and haddock for this beloved dish," she stated. "We extend our best wishes to the three finalists and look forward to celebrating their achievements in the awards."
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