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About John West

The John West Story

The John West Story

We've been out there on the roughest seas catching quality wild fish since 1857. And all that time we've been doing it the John West way, keeping true to the pioneering spirit of our founder. It means that our quality today is as consistent as it has always been and that we will continue to serve you the finest and tastiest wild fish the oceans and rivers have to offer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked lots of fish-related questions at John West. Most of them we can answer quite easily, because without being big-headed we know our stuff inside and out. Some questions though, like ‘How wet does a fish get?’ we don’t take too seriously. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions and of course our answers to them.

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Which John West products can I trace using the can tracker?

We know where every one of our products comes from and we want to share this with you. We are working to add all our products to the can tracker, but currently you can trace the following tuna products from the Seychelles and Ghana; No Drain Tuna, Tuna Chunks, Tuna Steaks in Brine, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil and Spring Water. You can also trace our Red and Pink Salmon from Alaska and Canada, as well as our Mackerel and Sardines from Portugal.

What is Dolphin Safe?

Dolphin Safe means quite simply that the fish inside the packaging have been caught without harming dolphins in any way. All our activities are monitored by the Earth Island Institute (www.earthisland.org), a non-profit organisation that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet. We only trade with suppliers who are EII approved. This partnership helps us ensure that all the tuna in our canneries is dolphin safe. In fact, the EII founded the Dolphin Safe programme in close collaboration with John West over 20 years ago.

Can John West packaging be recycled?

Most of it can. Information on recycling can be found on all our packaging.

What is traceability and why is it important?

Traceability means knowing where our fish come from. In other words, we can trace them to the place where they were caught. At John West, we know how important it is to protect our oceans and seas, because without them we wouldn’t be able to bring you our wide range of seafood products. In order to look after the marine environment, we need to know exactly where all of our fish comes from. And so we make sure that we do!

Do John West use Bisphenols (notably BPA) in our packaging?

At John West, the health of our customers is of the highest priority and is the reason why we only buy packaging strictly complying with Food Standards Agency guidelines and European regulations. Some of John West’s tinned products are lined with a lacquer that contains a derivate of Bisphenol. By contact, tiny amounts of Bisphenol A are able to migrate but within the EU regulation limits (under 600µg/kg). This lacquer is essential for the preservation of our tinned products to maintain their quality and their shelf life, which is between 3-10 years, depending on the product. Even though we are challenging our can suppliers for total removal of bisphenol, no appropriate substitute component is currently available that does the same job. Nonetheless, we will be closely attentive to the EU's next decisions on chemical level migrations from packaging.

Our Adverts

As well as bobbing about on some of the world’s roughest seas John West fishermen and friends have been popping up on our TV screens over the past 50 years, in some of the UK’s most memorable ads ever.

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2011 - Lucky Pete

2011 - Lucky Pete

Looks like our fisherman has blown his chances of winning the lottery.

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2011 - Dimitri’s Combover

2011 - Dimitri’s Combover

Discover how to get a haircut on a fishing trawler.

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Promotional Content

Explore Old Sam's Cabin

Explore Old Sam's Cabin

Old Sam is ready to spill the beans on where the many bizarre items in his cabin came from. Brace yourself.

Old Sam's Stories

Discover The Story Behind Your Can

Discover The Story Behind Your Can

Enter your can code and see exactly where your succulent wild fish came from.

Trace your can

Our crew's favourite fish recipes

Our crew's favourite fish recipes

From a family fish pie to something more surprising - see what our John West fishermen name as their favourite recipes.

Discover our recipes