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Associated Seafoods New Fish Processing Facility Near Completion

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SCOTLAND, UK - Next week sees the culmination of Associated Seafoods Ltd (ASL) multi-million pound investment programme with the integration of its Scottish smoked salmon operation into its modern new processing facility in Buckie, north-east Scotland.

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Already the ‘natural fit’ between producing high quality shellfish and Scottish smoked salmon is delivering benefits, with several international customers now combining orders of different types of seafood, providing efficiencies in export costs and broadening their product portfolios.

The transfer of the smoked salmon operation from ASL’s nearby Lossie Seafoods’ processing site represents the final stage of the three-phase development of its state-of-the-art processing facility focused on the production of the highest quality Scottish seafood.

The development has included the creation of a high care crab processing area and dedicated langoustine and scallop processing facilities.

The new smoked salmon facility includes a traditional kiln and the creation of a hot smoking area. In particular the development of a new high class food manufacturing unit with cooking and added value facilities will enable ASL to innovate and develop a new range of seafood products.

Sales director Henry Angus said: “The Scottish smoked salmon and shellfish offering provides an excellent fit and we have, for example, smoked salmon customers in Mexico and the Middle East who are now also taking shellfish in their delivery consignments.

“Our Scottish smoked salmon sales have been strong this year, particularly into some of our established markets such as Italy and Switzerland. We have also recently pioneered the sale of our Scottish smoked salmon into Russia and have begun a new export trade of scallops.”

Once the development works have been completed, ASL intends to continue to invest in the business to take advantage of new market opportunities.