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Sardines

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Tasty Sardines from the market leader.

Sardines can be anything from 10-30cm in length. They are caught in small quantities in UK waters but the bulk of the catches occurs in the waters of the following countries; France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco between April and December when their fat content is at its highest. This ensures they have the best flavour, texture and most importantly, the right taste for you.

Sardines are generally caught at dawn, not because the expert crews we are working with use the darkness to sneak up on them but because that’s when they come to within 15-35 metres of the surface to feed on plankton.

Once landed most of the fish are quickly transported to a canning site, such as our Group’s one in Portugal, before being shipped. Actually, ‘canning site’ doesn’t really do justice to Peniche plant. It is a fascinating, exotic place where our team does a great job, in a beautiful location surrounded by the ocean. Just what you’d expect from John West, the market leader in sardines.

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