Loch Duart buys former Edinburgh Salmon Company processing facility

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First time the Scottish salmon farmer has had its own site.

In a press release, Sutherland and Uist-based Loch Duart writes that it has purchased its own fish processing facility for the first time in the company’s 21-year history. “The future aim is to provide the company with greater flexibility and control than ever before,” it wrote.

The new facility means that it is in an optimal location for processing in relative proximity to its farms as well as being on the route to Loch Duart’s markets.

Loch Duart has acquired the fish processing facility in Dingwall on the Black Isle previously owned by The Edinburgh Salmon Company. The facility was mothballed in 2018 and the salmon farmer plans to refurbish the 52,000 square foot facility before opening.

The Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESCo) site was closed with the loss of over 160 jobs following an announcement yesterday by owners Européenne de la Mer (a subsidiary of Thai Union Group) in 2018.

Loch Duart Managing Director Mark Warrington said: “This is great news for Loch Duart and for our customers. It’s an investment in our future. Having our own processing facility will eventually allow us to be more flexible and responsive to our customers’ needs as we adapt to changing consumer behaviours in the new world that we all face.”

Loch Duart currently produces 6,000 tonnes of salmon each year.