Belfast Telegraph

450 jobs to go with closure of Scottish seafood plant

By Laura Paterson

The planned closure of a seafood factory in Scotland, putting 450 jobs at risk, is a "massive blow" to the country's food and drink industry, Labour has said.

Young's Seafood said deli and meals production at the Pinneys site in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, had been earmarked for closure by the end of the year.

South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth said: "There are whole families employed at Pinneys which has served the town as a major employer for decades, and this closure will be an utter tragedy for so many people in our area.

"A closure of this scale in such a small community will send shockwaves right across the whole, already fragile, local economy.

"It is also a massive blow to the Scottish food and drinks industry to lose such a long-standing processor in Scotland.

"It's just a few years since £3m was invested at the site and production from elsewhere was moved to Annan."

Mr Smyth has written to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon requesting "significant urgent additional investment" to the enterprise partnership in the area.

The proposed changes include shifting natural salmon production from the Pinneys site to a factory in Grimsby, creating 200 jobs. Mr Smyth said this showed "a real lack of loyalty" to the Annan workforce.

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