October 29, 2021
Sealord scrambles to save jobs as supermarkets clear shelves
Sealord chair Whaimutu Dewes says the company was caught by surprise by Foodstuff’s decision to clear its products of its supermarkets, and the speed it was made.
The Australian owner of Foodstuffs and Pak’n Save will instead carry overseas caught and processed fish.
Mr Dewes says after some tough talking Sealord managed to keep some lines going in, but its overall volume is likely to be down by 70 per cent.
That means some sales staff will be redeployed.
“We just don’t have the volume to require that number of people so we are working really hard so we don’t have to reduce the production in the plant by a sufficient margin that we have to let people go and that means finding different markets, doing different products, different sales channels,” Mr Dewes says.
Sealord is a joint venture between Māori and Japanese company Nissui.