Europe’s first sushi machine firm is from Barnsley

A Barnsley entrepreneur with an interest in Japanese cuisine has launched an innovative new piece of equipment to help cafes and delis ‘roll their own’ sushi snacks.

Sushi Machines Ltd has designed, developed and manufactured the ‘Roller-35’ sushi-making machine, which enables novices to create perfect 35mm-diameter sushi rolls in minutes.

The company claims the launch of the patented gadget makes it the very first sushi machine manufacturer in Europe.

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The compact Roller 35 is designed to fit snugly in a small commercial kitchen or behind the counter in an urban sandwich bar or cafe. Every component of the stainless steel machine is manufactured in the UK and assembled in Yorkshire.

Company director Stuart Turner said: “A couple of years ago, we spotted a growing demand for sushi in the ‘food-to-go’ and restaurant market and so decided to develop a product aimed at enabling small catering businesses to add the potentially lucrative line to their menu.”

Sushi Machines has been supported to develop and market its innovation by Enterprising Barnsley specialist business coaches.

It will launch a smaller roller designed to make 25mm sushi rolls soon and is currently developing a range of other sushi making machines.

Based at the Oaks Lane Business Park in Barnsley, Sushi Machines is a spin-out company from Sushisushi, which Turner set up six years ago.

It sells 600 lines of Japanese ingredients and products to global customers via its website and other outlets such as Amazon. It also sells direct to Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.

Turner launched his sushi business after back-packing around Australia seven years ago. He found high-quality sushi was very popular there and on his return to the UK, decided to invest in the market straight away, anticipating its growth here.

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