H. Forman and Son

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H. Forman & Son
IndustryFood
Founded1905 (1905)
FounderHarry (Aaron) Forman
Headquarters
London, E3
United Kingdom
ProductsLondon Cure Smoked Salmon, smoked fish, cured fish
Websitewww.formans.co.uk

H. Forman & Son is a salmon smokehouse located in a salmon-shaped building in Old Ford,Bow, London, England run by Brexit Party MEP, Lance Forman (real name: Lance Anisfeld).[1]

Following a lengthy dispute, the site of the business was relocated in 2007 from the area which is now the London Olympic Park as part a compulsory purchase order by the London Development Agency (LDA) involving more than 200 companies for the London 2012 Olympics. The cost of relocation to its current premises was shared between the company and the LDA.[2][3]

Forman and Sons produces so-called "London cure" smoked salmon, which is protected under the EU Protected Geographical Indication scheme[4]. The application for protected status was submitted by Lance Forman and was supported by Conservative politician Boris Johnson, who opened the factory in 2009 as Mayor of London. It is the first London-based food to obtain this EU protected status.[5]

The London Cure salmon has featured on the menus of the dining rooms in the House of Lords and in the House of Commons and has also been sold in well-known, upmarket, UK retailers such as Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.[6]

The business faced threats of a local boycott in the wake of Lance Forman's election as a London MEP for the Brexit Party, a group which won only 6% of votes locally in the May 2019 European Parliament elections.[7] Police investigations were opened in the run-up to the elections after a 10-metre swastika was spray-painted on the side of the business in a suspected anti-semitic attack.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European election 2019 – London-wide results". www.lewisham.gov.uk. Lewisham Council. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Fish factory saved" by Angela Saini, BBC Local, London, December 27, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2019
  3. ^ "Mayor of London response to a question by Andrew Pelling relating to the London Development Agency", London Assembly website, replied February 2, 2007. Retrieved June 20, 2019
  4. ^ "Brexit Backing Michael Gove Visits Fish Factory", The Mirror, July 13, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2019
  5. ^ "EU set to grant special status to salmon from East End smokery", The Guardian, September 11, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2019
  6. ^ "EU set to grant special status to salmon from East End smokery", The Guardian, September 11, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2019
  7. ^ "European Elections: Hackney Wick salmon tycoon wins London seat for Brexit Party", Hackney Citizen, May 28, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019
  8. ^ "Swastika painted on building of Jewish Brexit party candidate", The Guardian, May 8, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019
  9. ^ "30ft swastika painted on business belonging to Jewish Brexit party candidate, as police announce investigation", The Telegraph, May 8, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019