Joining the fish processor from the Marine Stewardship Council, Moffat will play a part in overseeing the environmental effects of the seafood supply chain.
He will work closely with the leadership team and will have a broad range of responsibilities dedicated to driving sustainability in the business. This would include promoting and developing sustainable fisheries and farms for new species.
Commenting on his appointment, Moffat said he was looking forward to developing Young’s Seafood’s strategies over the next few months.
‘The front of sustainable practices’
“Young’s is already at the front of sustainable practices and fish welfare. It is an impressive, forward-thinking business with an exciting future.
“There is a huge opportunity to grow the company’s sustainable practices even further, and as the market changes and more environmental issues arise, we need to lead that change by ensuring we have the right practices in place.
Moffat’s appointment comes as Young’s confirmed that the business was up for sale. Parent company Lion capital said that the bidding process for 100% of the company was now open.
A Young’s spokesman said: “We have sent out notification that we intend to start a structured and open bidding process with all interested parties for the sale of the Young’s Seafood group.”
However, news of the sale has caused further confusion surrounding the 450 jobs at risk at the Young’s site in Annan, Scotland, which the company had announced it would shut down after deeming the site “no longer financially stable”.
Meanwhile, last week, dairy supplier Meadow Foods appointed Tony Hodge as the company’s new site director for its Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire site.
Hodge joined the company from sweet maker Tangerine Confectionery where he served in a number of senior roles, including group operations technical manager and factory manager in Pontefract, west Yorkshire.