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Young’s Seafood to close Annan fish factory in Scotland

FBR Staff Writer Published 04 April 2018

Young’s Seafood will close its Pinneys facility in Annan, Scotland by the end of this year due to financial reasons, leaving 450 jobs at risk.

The decision comes despite the signing of three major contracts by the UK–based seafood company with retailer M&S.

Under the new contracts, Young’s Seafood supply will supply the retailer chilled and frozen coated fish, natural salmon and white fish, starting from this year to 2023.

The seafood firm though has decided to exit deli and meals production, which is carried out at the Pinneys site. It said that the production is not financially sustainable anymore.

Young’s Seafood plans to move the natural salmon production at the Pinneys facility to its natural salmon facility at its Humberstone Road location in Grimsby.

Young’s Seafood CEO Bill Showalter said: “Today’s proposals to close our Young’s Pinneys site does not reflect on the committed and skilled teams at Young’s Pinneys – they are a credit to our Company and if these proposals do go ahead we will work hard to maintain the employment of all colleagues throughout this transition.

“We have a long history of seafood production in Annan and whatever the outcome of the consultation we will continue to be a part of the community, given our other factory site within the town.”

The seafood producer reckons that it would need to create 200 new roles in Grimsby along with 50 roles at its Scampi plant in Annan if its proposals are implemented.

Young’s Seafood said that it will soon start a formal consultation with staff and their representatives at its Pinneys facility.

The company expects to work closely with employee representatives and other appropriate organizations in the coming months before finalizing any decisions.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said that Young’s Seafood’s decision to close the Annan fish factory was "utterly devastating news for the community and already fragile local economy".

In Scotland, Young’s Seafood employs around 2,000 people across five specialist sites to develop and produce a range of products from Smoked Salmon to Scampi.

Image: Young’s Seafood’s Annan fish factory to be closed by the year end. Photo: courtesy of markuso/Freedigitalphotos.net.