Argyll trout get royal ap­proval

The Oban Times - - News -

TROUT from Loch Etive in Argyll was give a royal stamp of ap­proval on Tues­day July 10 when the £ 3.1 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of RR Spink and Sons fa­cil­ity in Ar­broath was of­fi­cially opened by the Princess Royal.

The com­pany, which is part of Dawn­fresh Seafoods, one of the UK’s largest pro­ces­sors of seafood, uses trout farmed on sites at Loch Etive and Loch Awe to de­liver the high­est qual­ity of prod­ucts for top bluechip re­tail­ers such as M&S and Sains­bury’s.

The 170-strong team in Ar­broath still pre­pares ev­ery prod­uct by hand – from cur­ing and smok­ing to slic­ing and fin­ish­ing – pro­duc­ing around 170,000 pack­ets of fish a week.

Dawn­fresh em­ploys more than 30 staff in Argyll to farm fish which is then sent for processing in An­gus and Ud­dingston, as well as be­ing ex­ported abroad as whole fish.

The Princess Royal met Dawn­fresh direc­tors, in­clud­ing Ste­wart Hawthorn, be­fore be­ing shown around the fa­cil­ity by Alastair Salvesen CBE, chair­man of the com­pany, who de­scribed the different pro­cesses.

Dur­ing her visit, the Princess Royal wit­nessed how prod­ucts were made, from the ar­rival of the in­gre­di­ents to the fin­ished prod­uct be­ing despatched to su­per­mar­kets and other out­lets across the UK.

Mr Hawthorn said: ‘I was de­lighted to be able to meet the Princess Royal in my role as farm­ing di­rec­tor for Dawn­fresh.

‘High qual­ity seafood is some­thing for which Scot­land is fa­mous around the world and much of that be­gins right here in Argyll.’

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