The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) takes the name of Bakkafrost Scotland, three years after being bought by the Faroese group.
Scottish operations will change names, but SSC-branded products will remain so for the time being.
“The company’s focus over the past two years has been to align the business and grow its core capabilities in Scotland,” read a statement. “The renaming of Scottish operations will ensure that the group operates as ‘one company’, with two production regions.”
Since the acquisition in 2019, Bakkafrost has embarked on a £711m investment program, hoping to increase the group’s production by more than 40% – with Scotland accounting for a significant share of this money and this objective.
The investment was aimed at creating new jobs, developing business performance and improving day-to-day operations for Bakkafrost Scotland’s 600 employees across the West Coast and the Hebrides Islands.
The company opened a new Scottish headquarters at Drumsheugh Gardens in Edinburgh and extended the Applecross hatchery, with a recirculating aquaculture system for greater smolt production.
However, a trade update in April noted that the Scottish harvest for the first quarter is expected to be around 4,000 tonnes, compared to 7,000 tonnes in the same period in 2021, adding that SSC was considered a “case recovery”.
Regin Jacobsen, Managing Director of Bakkafrost, said: “The name change signals that we are fully committed to Scotland and look forward to delivering on our investment plan which will create jobs and value in our local communities. . Scotland is an integral part of our future business growth plans.
Ian Laister, Managing Director of Bakkafrost Scotland, said: “The renaming of our operations in Scotland to Bakkafrost Scotland and the finalization of our wider smolt production strategy represents our firm step into the future within the family. Bakkafrost.
“Bakkafrost Scotland cements our position on the world stage, while retaining our proud Scottish heritage.”
Separately, Bakkafrost bought a Boeing 757 to get his fish from sea to plate sooner, arguing he can reduce his carbon footprint by flying his own jet across the Atlantic.
However, campaigners calculate that flying salmon from Scandinavia to the US produces 17 times more CO2 than traveling by boat.
The plane is being converted into a flying refrigerator capable of transporting 35 tons of chilled salmon from the Faroe Islands to an airport in New Jersey. It plans to fly other cargo to the Faroe Islands or Scottish airports to reduce operating costs.
Jacobsen said, “Reducing our carbon footprint in the United States is a huge step and it’s very important that our customers get high quality products.
“By reducing transportation times, it means consumers in New York and the East Coast have very fresh produce and reduce food waste.”
He explained that direct flights in the already refrigerated hold would reduce air freight emissions by 45%. It currently flies salmon to the United States via Heathrow, which increases flight time and requires large amounts of ice to keep the fish cool.
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