The city’s food sector is among the north’s most impressive, thanks to a wide range of globally recognised brands.
Yorkshire puddings made by Hull firm Aunt Bessie’s have pride-of-place at dinner tables across the country, as does bread from Jackson's Bakery and sausages made by Cranswick PLC, one of the UK’s leading meat producers, which employs about 3,000 people in the region.
Hull is also home to many nationally known food producers, including Bright Blue Foods, Chaucer Foods, F Smales & Son, Turner & Price and Humdinger Foods.
The city has 5,000 jobs in the manufacture of food products. And though gone are the days when the deep-sea fishing industry ensured food was the city’s largest sector, fish processing remains a significant part of the local economy.
Hull has more cold storage facilities than anywhere else in the UK and remains an important part of the Humber Seafood Cluster, which accounts for more than 70 per cent of the UK’s fish processing capacity.
The city is now well-known as the place for small food producers to thrive.
Atom Brewery is becoming instantly recognisable in the city through high-quality products and innovative branding. Its range of beverages can be seen in the city’s smallest boutique bars and largest supermarkets, as can the real ales and beers of The Yorkshire Brewing Company, a growing micro-brewery that uses locally sourced ingredients.
The Blending Room, a small and growing Hull coffee roastery, supplies independent coffee shops across the city, including the popular Two Gingers, while Cocoa Chocolatier & Bakery continues to expand its production of artisan chocolates and cakes that are handmade in Hull.
The food export possibly most closely associated with the city is its famous “chip spice” seasoning, invented in the city in the 1970s by the Spice Blender company.