Press Release: Sykes Purchases Ruskim Seafoods Ltd

by Seafood by Sykes December 15, 2021

Ruskim Seafoods is a leading supplier of seafood products to the UK and Irish Wholesale and Asian Foods sector.

Sykes Seafood is a UK based, privately-owned company, focused on providing customers with sustainably sourced quality seafood.

Ruskim, together with Sykes Seafood and Klaas Puul creates a $500m pan European shrimp focussed seafood business that will offer a market-leading offering of seafood products across the Retail, Wholesale, Industry and Foodservice sectors. The combined businesses will operate 5 manufacturing sites across the UK, Europe, and Morocco as well as 1 0 distribution centres across UK and Europe employing over 3900 colleagues.

The three businesses already share many synergies and similarities, and the combination will provide a solid backdrop for future growth and allow greater efficiencies in sourcing and an enhanced delivery platform to customers old and new.

Ruskim will have access to Sykes and Klaas Puul’s highly automated production facilities and both Sykes and Klaas Puul will benefit from access to the extensive depot and transport network at Ruskim.

Alan Dale, Group CEO at Sykes Seafood said:

“Ruskim is a business we have long admired, and Bill and his family have built a fantastic business over the last 40 years. The Sykes Seafood and Klaas Puul team very much look forward to working with Ruskim’s customers, suppliers, and colleagues to continue to build on the foundations that have been laid by the Mooney family over the last 4 decades”

Bill Mooney, Managing Director at Ruskim Seafood, commented:

“Over the past 40 years, we have established Ruskim as a major importer and distributor of Seafood, with trading partners throughout the world. We are now excited to be joining Alan and his colleagues at Sykes which will enable Ruskim to improve and expand its operations by utilising the processing plants operated by Sykes and Klaas Puul and to share their extensive network of suppliers”


Sykes Seafood is a UK based privately owned company, focused on providing customers with the highest quality, sustainably sourced seafood. Founded in 1862, the business is best known for supplying cold and warm water shrimp to the UK Retail and Food Service industries.


Klaas Puul is a leading shrimp processor in Europe with its headquarters in Volendam. The company was founded in 1968 and has state-of-the-art production facilities in the Netherlands, its own shrimp peeling facilities in Morocco and North Sea Shrimp landing stations in Germany and Denmark. Klaas Puul is best known for its high-quality North Sea shrimp, tropical shrimp and shrimp related products and offers a broad product range for its customers in Europe.


Headquartered in Telford, Ruskim Seafoods was founded in 1982, initially to supply warm water prawns to the Asian foodservice sector, Ruskim has grown to become one of the leading importers and distributors of Seafood, Meat and Poultry in Europe, with 7 depots strategically located across the UK and Ireland.

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