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Cooke acquires Skretting’s Scottish feed mill

20 September 2019, at 9:00am

Cooke Inc, the parent company of Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, has announced that it has acquired the former Skretting fish feed mill in Invergordon.

The Canadian-headquartered company has established a new subsidiary, Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited, at the mill, which Skretting closed in April after losing business to Marine Harvest Scotland, who are now self-sufficient following the establishment of their own mill, on the Isle of Skye.

The former Skretting feed mill has the capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes of fish feed a year - considerably more than would be required by Cooke's current operations in Orkney and Shetland
The former Skretting feed mill has the capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes of fish feed a year - considerably more than would be required by Cooke's current operations in Orkney and Shetland

Northeast Nutrition Scotland Limited will manufacture fish feed for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Limited, which produces most of its salmon in Shetland and Orkney, as well as some freshwater production units on the UK mainland.

“All of our salmon is reared using feeds that are manufactured in compliance with the highest standards for animal feed safety,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc. “We are excited to include domestic feed manufacturing in Scotland, adding to the vertical integration of our operations and further enhancing the full traceability of our fish.”

Cooke plans to work with former employees who were affected by the closure to resume operations at the mill.

“We are thrilled to be in a position to offer new opportunities to those employees and have an engaged and experienced team in place from day one,” said Chris Bryden, mill manager. “As a rural coastal community, Invergordon has a population of approximately 4,000 residents. Joining the Cooke family of companies provides us with the opportunity to keep Scottish jobs and be an important part of a globally respected growing seafood leader.”

 

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