Sanford trims down workforce to focus on salmon processing

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NZ firm restructuring its fish processing operations.

Stuff reports that the fishing company Sanford – which is New Zealand’s oldest publicly listed company- is restructuring its fish processing operations, creating three centres across the South Island. The company said it was shifting from white fish on certain sites to more premium salmon production.

Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch told the publication that job losses were likely.

“As we concentrate the white fish part of our South Island operations in Timaru, sadly we will see a loss of some jobs in Bluff. We are working through exactly what this will mean, as we consult with the team there on how many roles we can create on the salmon side of the business.

“We anticipate a bright future for Sanford salmon in Bluff. The product coming out of there now is being increasingly sought out by chefs in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Asia and North America.  We believe Sanford Bluff is establishing a growing reputation for the excellent quality of its salmon and we want to build on this.”

Sanford farm King Salmon at Big Glory Bay in Stewart Island and said that it has granted a variation to gradually increase the number of fish it can farm there.