Keeping well fed in the fight against the virus


PLASTICS packaging business Berry M&H Corby is supporting one of its Spanish customers in a commitment to provide its nutritional Fish Fumet free to hospitals and care homes during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Pescadors de Roses, based in Costa Brava, is one of Spain’s leading suppliers of fresh and frozen seafood.

It wanted to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 virus, and is donating 15 per cent of the daily production of its Fish Fumet, which is made 100 per cent from natural ingredients, to hospitals, nursing homes and social and health establishments throughout the Catalonia region and also in Madrid.

The sauce is packed in 2.2 litre polypropylene jars, produced at the Berry M&H factory in Sallow Road, Corby. As part of its involvement in the project, Berry M&H has provided four pallets of the jar, free of charge.

The inspiration behind the donation of the Fish Fumet came from Pescadors de Roses owner, Pere Gotanegra, after he saw a news article about how car manufacturer SEAT was assisting in the production of respirators to help during the crisis.

He said: “I asked myself what we could do. We cannot make respirators and it is difficult to buy sanitary equipment at present. Instead, I decided to reserve 15 per cent of our fumet production for distribution free of charge to hospitals and nursing homes.”

John Richardson of Berry M&H said: “This is an excellent initiative which shows how many different types of businesses can help in the fight against this terrible disease. Keeping health workers and their patients well fed is vital, and we are delighted that we have been able to add our support through the donation of free jars.”

Mr Gotanegra said: “I don’t know how far we can cover, but we will do this while we have the product, and the more hospitals and residences we can reach, the better. In these difficult times, by demonstrating solidarity with each other we can overcome the challenges in the best possible way.”