Swiss Lachs plans to triple volume with new facility

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Swiss mountain-based salmon farmer aiming for EUR 27 million investment.

SRF reports that the land-based salmon farmer Swiss Lachs, which farms salmon in the unlikely location near the top of a mountain in Lostallo, Switzerland, is expanding with a second facility.

Sales director Ronald Herculeijns told the publication that: “The demand for sustainable salmon from Switzerland has risen extremely.” It was able to quickly shift to online when the coronavirus hit as it had its own small smokehouse.

Ron Herculeijns. PHOTO: Swiss Lachs

Last year, Swiss Lachs told SalmonBusiness that it currently aims to sell 600 tonnes of salmon-a-year harvested at optimal harvest size of 3.5-4.0 kg. But it must be doing 333 tonnes right now. 80 per-cent of it is sold fresh – while the rest is smoked in-house.

Seeking a EUR 27 million investment to do so, the second salmon farm would triple the production volume to more than 1000 tonnes of salmon per year and could be into operation in about two years, said Herculeijns.