Pearl Seaways

Press Release


Date: 10 July 2019

A focus on the story of food produce suppliers from the field, to their ferries.

Award-winning ferry operator DFDS today announces the launch of its ‘Field to Ferry’ campaign following an internal review of its food produce suppliers on its Eastern channel ships from Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk. The campaign showcases a handful of their UK suppliers to engage and inform passengers where the food served on-board has come from, with a strong focus on provenance, traceability and sustainability. All factors that are given key consideration in DFDS’ uncompromising search for quality. With the explosion of the UK casual dining scene over recent years and consumers with a keenness to understand as much as possible about where their food comes from, DFDS have worked hard to create an on-board ferry dining experience that shatters any preconceptions of ferry food from bygone years.

Dave Lewis, Category Manager Food & Beverage at DFDS says: *"I am incredibly passionate about food and from early in my career as a chef, I understood the importance of good quality ingredients in helping to create the best quality dishes. My job now at DFDS is to source great ingredients to provide our passengers with the best dishes on-board our ships, from the Field to the Ferry.

We have a clear focus on our customers at DFDS and we take great pride in continually seeking improvements to ensure those special memorable experiences of travelling with us. If it’s a light bite, healthy salad or one of our delicious freshly made meals there is something on-board for everyone. I hope that passengers enjoy eating them, as much as I enjoyed finding such great produce and ingredients."*

The ‘Field to Ferry’ campaign launches today focusing initially on five of their UK producers and suppliers. They all have a passion and commitment to producing high quality food to the foodservice industry and with multiple awards between them, they’re all leaders in their industries.

The suppliers included are:

  • Stokes Sauces These sauces are packed with more flavour than their nearest rival. Enjoy all the condiments you need to make your food sing
  • Speciality Breads Truly artisan breads and rolls, made by bakers not machines.
  • McCain/ A L Lee Farming One of 250 potato growers in the UK, supplying British Maris Pipers to McCain - simply the best potato for the best chips.
  • Marshfield Farm Ice Cream Award-winning ice cream from a small family farm, with over 30 flavours to choose from.
  • Reynolds Supplying quality fruit, salad and vegetables all year round.

You can read and see more about them all here:

Watch our video here



DFDS Press Office 01304 874052

About DFDS:

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for eight years running (2012-2019), as well as the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last seven years (2011-18).

DFDS currently operates up to 54 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes. DFDS also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries.

For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, click here.

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We are proud to have been voted World’s Leading Ferry Operator 2022 at this year’s World Travel Awards for the 12th year in a row! We have also won Europe's Leading Ferry Operator 2012-2022 and World’s Best Ferry Operator Website 2021-2022.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and voted for us for over 12 years. Let’s sail the seas together with world class service!