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Dawnfresh axes Uddingston plant, invests in Arbroath

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Dawnfresh Seafoods, one of the UK’s largest producers of fish and seafood, is closing its plant in Uddingston and investing in its operations in Arbroath.

The company said the 20-year-old Lanarkshire site will shut in the middle of next year. It employs 230 staff who are being offered the chance to apply for 180 jobs being created in Angus.

It has announced investment of £5m to expand the Arbroath plant, which also secures the future of over its 180 existing staff. 

The company has commenced a minimum 45-day consultation with staff at its Uddingston.

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It said any reduction in overall headcount is likely to result from people choosing not to apply for a new role and a slimmed down management structure.  No current jobs in Arbroath are at risk under the plans.

A Scottish-owned family company that produces 10,000 tonnes of seafood a year for food service and retail both within the UK and internationally, Dawnfresh manages a number of farming sites across Scotland and currently has two specialised production facilities in Arbroath and Uddingston which handle over 350 fresh, frozen, marinated, smoked and other seafood lines. 

As a result of the investment in Arbroath, Dawnfresh is aiming to grow the tonnage of seafood it processes by 30% over the next five years and increase the 350 different product lines it currently delivers.

Raleigh Salvesen, managing director, Dawnfresh Seafoods, said: “Scottish seafood has a fantastic reputation around the world. As one of the few remaining major family-owned Scottish seafood companies, we want to protect and build on that legacy and continue to deliver seafood products of the highest standard to our customers across the globe.

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