Loch Duart appoints new chairman

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Alistair Erskine is taking over as chairman of Loch Duart, the salmon farming business based in Sutherland and the Uists, Scotland.

Erskine takes over from Dr Andrew Barbour, who has been chair since 2008 having joined as a non-exec director in 2002.

Alban Denton, managing director of Loch Duart, said:

“Loch Duart is very fortunate to be appointing Alistair Erskine, whose understanding of the Scottish and UK seafood markets and the global importance of this industry, runs side by side with our growing, international ambitions. Alistair’s industry insight and commercial acumen is widely known. He has long been at the forefront of the seafood sector, having previously owned the Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESC) which he built into one of the largest salmon processors in the Scottish Highlands.”

Erskine has earlier managed seafood processors J W Seafoods, Allen & Dey and salmon farming company, Highland Fish Farmers.

Alistair Erskine, the new Chairman of Loch Duart, said:

“It’s an exciting time to be joining Loch Duart and I look forward to working with them as the business continues to grow and build on its reputation for extraordinary salmon which is loved around the world. I have a passion for the seafood sector and look forward to bringing my experience of running businesses in salmon farming, salmon processing and smoking to support this amazing company and brand.”

Loch Duart is an independent Scottish salmon farm based in North West Scotland. Producing around 5,000 tonnes per year, it employs 115 people in the Hebrides and Sutherland. The salmon is supplied to leading hotels, restaurants and retailers at home and abroad.