Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Earl Stonham: Sushi maker Ichiban seeks up to 90 temporary staff to meet peak demand

06:00 16 April 2014

Stafforce business manager Eden Rudling, left, with Ichiban UK managing director Andrew Wilkinson.

Stafforce business manager Eden Rudling, left, with Ichiban UK managing director Andrew Wilkinson.

Archant

Ichiban UK, Europe’s biggest shushi manufacturer, is planning to hire up to 90 additional temporary staff for its factory in Suffolk next month as it gears up for peak demand during the summer.

Stafforce, Ichiban’s human resources consultant, which has an office at the company’s Earl Stonham production site, near Stowmarket, will initially be seeking 20 people, with the likelihood of more to follow.

Ichiban, which is now delivering more than 500,000 packs of sushi a week to major grocery retailers amid increasing consumer demand, currently employs around 370 permanent and temporary staff.

Stafforce supplies up to 120 temporary production workers a day and manages all aspects of the personnel function behind the factory’s 24/7 shift pattern.

Ichiban managing director Andrew Wilkinson said: “The ability to source and retain ever greater numbers of experienced staff, and bright starters keen to learn, has been absolutely vital for us in meeting the challenge of a dramatic upswing.”

Stafforce has a sole supplier relationship with Ichiban, initially agreeing a £1.4million deal to recruit 60 people a day two years ago. Stafforce entered the East Anglia market in the summer of 2010 to handle the demand for local workers from a longstanding national client.

Business manager Eden Rudling said: “Within a year, we had won two major accounts and in 2012 secured a three-year contract to supply Norwich City Council with clerical and administrative staff, beating 15 other firms to do so, including some of the country’s biggest agencies.

“The Ichiban UK Ltd relationship began the same year. Naturally, getting the right people in place and conducting effective induction, training, monitoring and hygiene and safety programmes are vital, but we differentiate from other staffing consultants by not confining ourselves to staffing issues; we also examine systems and processes to put in place a lean operation with maximised efficiencies, sustainability and profitability for our client.”

The rise in popularity of sushi is firmly driven by the lunchtime market, with ABC1 households choosing it for both ready consumption and school lunch packs.

However, sushi is a complex product which demands great care and attention to detail in its preparation, and Ichiban UK’s production line is one of the most advanced in its sector.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A120 at Marks Tey

The A120 could join the A12 at Rivenhall or Kelvedon instead of Marks Tey as potential routes for the new dualled road are revealed.

Jonathan Adnams, chairman of Southwold brewer Adnams, has brewed a special beer to celebrate his 60th birthday, with six bottles set to be auctioned off for  the Adnams Community Trust.

The chairman of Southwold brewers Adnams is set to auction off six bottles of a beer specially made for his 60th birthday.

The food industry has warned of possible price rises, if the sector and its workers from the EU are not treated as a priority in Brexit talks.

Food prices in the UK will rise if the Government does not treat the sector and its workers from the EU as a priority in Brexit negotiations, industry leaders have warned.

Britains trade gap narrowed to a better-than-expected £9.7bn in October after exports soared to a record monthly high

Britain’s trade gap narrowed to a better-than-expected £9.7bn in October after exports soared to a record monthly high.

DMO tourism event held at the University of Suffolk, Waterfront building
Photo L-R:
Peter Waters, Visit East AngliaVictoria Savory, Adnams and Suffolk Coastal DMO,
Tim Rowan-Robinson, formerly of Suffolk Coastal DMO, Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall,
Laura Locke, Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk,
Ian Russell- Visit the Broads and Visit Norwich, Charles Howard- Discover Newmarke.t

The tourism industry is already worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the local economy in Suffolk, and that figure is growing, year-on-year.

Management Jobs

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24