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Owners of Wisbech and Long Sutton factories are supporting food banks and the NHS during the coronavirus crisis

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The owners of a Fenland factory is donating food and water to food banks and the NHS.

International food and drink group Princes, which has a production facility at Bridge Road in Long Sutton and Lynn Road in Wisbech, has announced an extensive multi-stakeholder Covid-19 charitable response programme, which has already distributed more than a quarter of a million products to communities across the UK, Italy and Mauritius.

A rolling partnership with food bank charities in the UK and Italy is ensuring a broad range of products, from canned fish and soups to pasta and sauces, is shared with those in need.

Princes Group factory at Long Sutton.
Princes Group factory at Long Sutton.


The total continues to rise but 265,000 cans or boxes, or 99,000kg of product, has already been distributed to partners, including FareShare in the UK.

In Mauritius, there has been a substantial donation of tuna cans to local groups close to Princes tuna processing site too.

Princes is also working with the NHS to provide more than 250,000 bottles of water to the five new Nightingale hospitals in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff.

It is also supplying its products to the country’s most clinically vulnerable, as part of the Government’s food parcel drive

David McDiarmid, corporate relations director at Princes Group, said: “The COVID 19 virus has seen an unparalleled call on our industry to step up and meet demand from consumers who need both the reassurance and nutrition of a steady supply of food and drink.

“Princes is conscious of the needs of a wide range of stakeholders during this time, and while we want help everyone we have to prioritise and allocate our resources to ensure we reach the most critical stakeholders and use our influence in the most sensible and practical way that we can. Our top priority is of course our duty of care to our employees. They are making herculean efforts day after day, and without a full and healthy workforce, we won’t be in a position to supply our products to customers, charities or the NHS. They will always be our primary concern.”

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