Natural salmon heads to Grimsby as Young's confirms Scottish closure

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Jun 2018

Grimsby seafood giant Young’s has confirmed it is to bring more natural salmon processing to the town as it closes a Scottish factory.

The Ross House headquartered team began consultation with the 450-strong Annan workforce in April, having revealed the deli and meals production at the plant known as Pinneys was no longer financially sustainable. 

It was part of the announcement that will see 200 jobs created in Grimsby, having also won the Marks and Spencer contracts surrendered by Five Star Fish, which itself is in the throes of a closure consultation. A total of 50 jobs are being created at a sister plant in the Scottish town.

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A spokesperson said: “Following a review of our UK operations, the company proposed to move the remaining natural salmon production undertaken at the Pinneys site to Young’s existing natural salmon facility at our Humberstone Road site in Grimsby. Under the proposals, the Pinneys site in Annan would close towards the end of 2018.

"Unfortunately, having explored this in detail for some time and despite the consultation process, we have not been able to agree any viable alternatives to the closure of the Pinneys site. Accordingly, the company now intends to progress with its initial proposals.

“The decision to close the Pinneys site does not mean that collective consultation has ended. We intend to continue to meet with employee representatives on a fortnightly basis to discuss ongoing items, including redeployment opportunities. Simultaneously, we will commence one to one individual consultations with impacted employees in phases and we are committed to working with Pace (the Scottish Government’s Partnership Action for Continuing Employment scheme). 

“Our dedicated, skilled teams at Pinneys are a credit to our company and we will work hard to maintain the employment of our colleagues wherever possible. We have a long history of seafood production in Annan and, given that we have another factory in the town where we are a significant employer, we are committed to continuing to play a role in the local community.”

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As reported, Young’s is understood to be close to completing the purchase of the former Christian Salvesen production and storage facility on Ladysmith Road, which backs on to Humberstone Road. It was operated by XPO Logistics latterly, but closed last year.  It would represent a significant increase in the seafood giant's Grimsby footprint.

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