Tough Market Takes Blame for Firm's Layoffs

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
29 January 2010, at 12:00am

SCOTLAND, UK - A Scottish salmon processing firm has blamed the "tough market" for its decision to make staff redundant at its Borders base.

According to FishfarmingXpert, Farne Salmon & Trout Ltd intends to cut up to 19 workers at its Station Road factory at Duns in Berwickshire, BBC News reports.

Managing Director William Duncanson said the company had had to invest in more efficient equipment in order to ensure it could remain the "lowest cost producer" in the market.

"The increased efficiencies gained through investment means that we now need to reduce the number of production roles across our operations function by up to 19 positions," he told the news source.

He emphasised that the company had had to take some very tough decisions to ensure the long-term future of the business.

"Although I fully appreciate that this news will cause a great deal of uncertainty I can assure you that we intend to keep the number of redundancies to an absolute minimum," he told BBC News Farne Salmon & Trout currently employs about 445 staff and supplies a wide range of smoked and added value products to the UK and Europe.