Seafood firm creates 20 jobs at former Young’s factory

By Gwen Ridler

- Last updated on GMT

Seafood Sourcing is to reopen a former Young’s site in Scotland and create 20 jobs
Seafood Sourcing is to reopen a former Young’s site in Scotland and create 20 jobs

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A former Young’s Seafood factory is set to reopen in Scotland and create up to 20 new jobs, following investment by the European Commission (EC) and the Scottish government.

The project by fish processor Seafood Sourcing is located in part of Young’s former operation in Fraserburgh harbour, Aberdeenshire.

The company planned to expand with the aim of supplying European Markets with Scottish whitefish.

An investment of more than £600,000 has been made at the site, provided by the EC’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, including £76,000 from the Scottish government.

Processing and warehousing roles

Director Derek Hutchins told that the new jobs would be split between processing and warehousing roles at the site.

The site planned to be operational by the end of January or early February, said Hutchins.

Commenting on the planned reopening of the site, Scotland’s rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “This funding will transform a site that’s been vacant for some time into a fantastic new processing factory creating valuable jobs for the north east.

“This type of investment in our onshore sector is crucial for the growth of our seafood industry. It will enable the company to add value to the fish landed in Scotland and target a range of new markets across the world, supporting Scotland’s ambition to double the value of the food and drink industry.”

‘Growth of our seafood industry’

Young’s reduced operations at the site in 2015, cutting hundreds of jobs as it focused on hot and cold smoked ready-to-eat products at the facility.

The restructure followed the company’s loss of a £100M salmon processing contract with Sainsbury to Marine Harvest, which saw the retailer source its salmon from the seafood firm’s Rosyth facility.

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Meanwhile, last week, 2 Sisters Food Group announced it was to create 100 new jobs​ at its East Anglian chicken processing facility, following an upgrade of the factory ahead of the busy Christmas period.

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