Smoke­house sale keeps brand in He­brides

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A SMOKE­HOUSE in Lochcar­nan, South Uist, that closed in April has been bought and re-opened by its for­mer pro­duc­tion man­ager.

Iain MacRury ac­quired the out­let from Loch Duart and the smok­ing of salmon was due to re­sume last month. The new com­pany will re­vive the Salar brand.

‘Salar will be open for busi­ness shortly,’ said MacRury, who lives in the area.

‘We plan to fos­ter lo­cal trade and home de­liv­ery cus­tomers,’ said MacRury, who lives in the area.’ Lo­cal sales have tra­di­tion­ally been very strong and there are home de­liv­ery cus­tomers ready to order – this will al­low us to build on a solid base for the fu­ture.

‘I would like to thank Loch Duart for two things: firstly, help­ing me bring this deal to com­ple­tion, and, se­condly, turn­ing away other of­fers, en­abling this iconic busi­ness to be re­tained lo­cally within the com­mu­nity.’

The main prod­uct from the Salar smoke­house will be the fa­mous Flaky Salmon, smoked in a unique kiln us­ing a closely guarded recipe.

The Salar smoke­house will em­ploy six staff and con­tinue to work on the quay­side at Lochcar­nan.

Loch Duart man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Al­ban Den­ton said: ‘As lo­cal salmon farm­ers and for­mer own­ers of the smoke­house, we had in­vested a great deal of ef­fort in keep­ing this busi­ness op­er­at­ing within the South Uist com­mu­nity.

‘Loch Duart is still strongly com­mit­ted to busi­ness within the He­brides and con­tin­ues to em­ploy 22 full-time mem­bers of staff in its fish farm­ing op­er­a­tions on North and South Uist.

‘We’re de­lighted to sell the smoke­house to a buyer in South Uist as we had feared that other po­ten­tial buy­ers might have taken the brand and process to the main­land.’

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