1862 – Manchester
At a time when fresh fish was only available at seaside ports, a city like Manchester had to make do with fish that had been preserved by smoking or salting. By the mid-19th century however, the development of Britain’s rail network and improved international transport allowed vast quantities of ice to be imported from Canada. The potential of this newly accessible commodity caught the attention of Joseph Sykes. He seized the opportunity by purchasing large amounts of ice to freeze and store fresh fish.
In 1862 Joseph Sykes began trading in wet fish and Dutch shrimp — a miracle to previous generations of Mancunians. The business continued to grow through the 1900’s, becoming one of the key suppliers to the UK seafood foodservice industry by the end of the century.
Still a privately owned business, Sykes continues to be based in Manchester. From here we distribute the majority of our frozen products to customers the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.
Like the swell of the waves, Sykes Seafood has no intentions of standing still. We’ve been around for over 150 years. Today, our desire and passion for the seafood industry remains as strong as ever.
As with all great adventures, the best is yet to come!