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June 5th 2020

SSPO member Loch Duart, has announced the creation of up to 40 new jobs for the Highland town of Dingwall.

The jobs boost follows the Sutherland and Uists-based producers purchase of its own fish processing facility for the first time in the company's 21-year history.

The Black Isle facility was previously owned by The Edinburgh Salmon Company but has been mothballed since 2018. With plans to to refurbish the 52,000 square foot facility before opening there could be other important opportunities for local suppliers.

Mark Warrington, Managing Director of Loch Duart, 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."

Klaudia Kloidzinska-Swider, Loch Duart husbandry worker at a farm site

Loch Duart, which already employs 100 people, currently produces 6,000 tonnes of high quality salmon each year from its farms in Sutherland and the Outer Hebrides.

This new facility provides the ideal location for processing in relative proximity to their farms as well as offering easy access to road, rail and air routes to Loch Duart's UK and foreign markets.