New management of plant ‘take stock’ one year on from purchase
One year on from acquiring the former Thai Union / Edinburgh Salmon Company processing facility in Dingwall, senior management take stock. The 50,000 sq. ft. premises has been completely revitalised, following its launch in 2020, providing better social distancing and has obtained the British Retail Consortium* ‘AA’ Grade certification. (*BRC approval is the U.K. supermarket benchmark for food premises)
“Loch Duart invested £2M in buying and refurbishing the factory and we now employ over 70 people”, explained Factory Manager, Russell Leslie. “Having worked under the previous ownership and now running the plant myself, I am delighted by the improvements in staff conditions in the last year under the new ownership. The factory and yard are substantial in size allowing us to design in lots of space for working, social distancing and staff welfare. Loch Duart has a proven track record for excellent training and career development over the last 22 years.
“Our clear message to the local community is that we offer high quality jobs with good career prospects and reasonable rates of pay for the sector. For example, a line operative can be promoted to team leader within 6 months and career development plans are available for everyone who wants to progress. Previously the factory had significantly seasonal peaks, but Loch Duart is packing fresh fish not smoked (which is mainly geared to Christmas market). Loch Duart prides itself on its long-served staff and low absence from work. We aim to be exemplary employers offering long term prospects and career development.”
This Dingwall factory is already exporting to Europe and the USA each week. Loch Duart’s high standard of gutting and filleting work has already brought in contracts from other salmon companies, in addition to processing all of Loch Duart’s harvested output.