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Political backing for Scottish salmon firm

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) welcomed local MP Brendan O’Hara to its new salmon processing and filleting facility in Carindow last week.

“I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Scottish Salmon Company’s state-of-the-art salmon processing facility at Cairndow and meeting the team,” said the MP for Argyll & Bute, who joined Craig Anderson, chief executive of SSC, to tour the Loch Fyne-side facility.

The company produces over 25,000 tonnes of salmon annually, which is exported to 26 countries worldwide. With about half of SSC salmon being produced in Argyll & Bute alone, Cairndow’s processing capabilities have been developed to include filleting facilities. 

Brendan O'Hara, SNP MP for Argyll & Bute, Andrew Aitken Cairndow Processing Manager and David Bradley, Cairndow General Manager – Processing South
Brendan O'Hara, SNP MP for Argyll & Bute, Andrew Aitken Cairndow Processing Manager and David Bradley, Cairndow General Manager – Processing South

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The Cairndow site currently has around 80 employees, while SSC employs 160 full-time staff across 20 sites in Argyll & Bute overall. In addition to the developments at Cairndow, the company has invested in a harvest station and wellboat in the region.

The firm will also bring its salmon to a ‘Taste of Argyll & Bute’ event at the House of Commons on 30 January, sponsored by Mr O’Hara.

Craig Anderson said: “The investment in introducing filleting facilities at Cairndow marks a commitment to developing a platform for sustainable business growth and highlights our commitment to supporting local jobs, suppliers and services and is part of our ambition to develop our capabilities in the region.”

Rob Fletcher

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