MP meets Scottish Salmon processing team

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Salmon farmed off Gigha may travel by well boat to the firm’s just opened Cairndow processing plant.

Last Friday, The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) welcomed Argyll and Bute’s MP, Brendan O’Hara, to the newly developed processing and filleting facility, situated near the mouth of Loch Fyne.

Mr O’Hara joined Craig Anderson, the SSC chief executive to tour the salmon processing facility and meet the team responsible for helping bring the fish from farm to plate.

SSC produces more than 25,000 tonnes of sea loch fresh Scottish salmon annually , with more than half of the total coming from Argyll and Bute, which is exported to 26 countries worldwide.

The Cairndow site has about 80 employees with SSC employing 160 full-time staff across 20 sites in Argyll and Bute overall.

A significant local employer, SSC is committed to developing a platform for sustainable business growth and in addition to the developments at Cairndow, the Company has invested in a harvest station and well boat in the region.

The Scottish Salmon Company will also bring its Scottish salmon to a ‘Taste of Argyll and Bute’ event at the House of Commons on Tuesday, sponsored by Mr O’Hara.

The Company will be joined by other Argyll and Bute food and drink producers at this event which will showcase the region’s best offerings to MPs and other representatives from across the UK.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Scottish Salmon Company’s state of the art salmon processing facility at Cairndow and meeting the team.

‘Eleanor, Duchess of Argyll, and I are very much looking forward to welcoming SSC and other  Argyll and Bute producers to the House of Commons.

SSC chief executive, Mr  Anderson said: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome Brendan to our Cairndow processing facility.

‘Argyll and Bute is an important area of business for us, with about half of our Scottish salmon being produced in the region.

‘The investment in introducing filleting facilities at Cairndow marks a commitment to developing a platform for sustainable business growth.

‘It highlights our commitment to supporting local jobs, suppliers and services and is part of our ambition to develop our capabilities in the region.

‘We want to put Argyll and Bute on the map for Scottish salmon production.’

From left: Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara, Andrew Aitken Cairndow processing manager and David Bradley, Cairndow general manager  processing south. NO_c04salmon01