Dawnfresh Seafood’s trout from Scotland was given the Royal stamp of approval when the GBP3.1m expansion of RR Spink & Sons facility in Arbroath was officially opened by HRH Anne, Princess Royal.
The company, which is part of Dawnfresh Seafoods, is one of the UK’s largest processors of frozen and fresh seafood. It uses trout farmed on sites in Argyll to deliver products for top retailers such as M&S and Sainsbury’s. The 170 team in Arbroath prepares every product by hand – from curing and smoking to slicing and finishing – producing around 170,000 packets of fish a week. Dawnfresh employs over 30 staff in farming fish which is then sent for processing to Arbroath and Uddingston, Lanarkshire, as well as being exported abroad as whole fish.
The Princess was shown around the facility by Alastair Salvesen chairman of Dawnfresh. During her visit, she witnessed how products were made, from the arrival of the ingredients to the finished product being dispatched to supermarkets and other outlets across the UK.
Commenting on the visit, farming director Stewart Hawthorn said: “high quality seafood is something for which Scotland is famous and our new unit processes fish grown at our sites in Argyll, some of which will end up on the plates of Her Majesty The Queen and her guests. I am very proud that Dawnfresh gets to showcase its product around the world as well as to senior members of the Royal Family,” he added.