Mr O’Hara, the SNP MP for Argyll & Bute, joined Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, to tour the salmon processing facility and meet the team responsible for helping bring the fish from farm to plate.
The Scottish Salmon Company produces over 25,000 tonnes of the finest sea loch fresh Scottish salmon annually which is exported to 26 countries worldwide. With about half of SSC salmon being produced in Argyll & Bute alone, Cairndow’s processing capabilities have been developed to include filleting facilities.
The Cairndow site currently has around 80 employees with SSC employing 160 full-time staff across 20 sites in Argyll & Bute overall. A significant local employer, SSC is committed to developing a platform for sustainable business growth and in addition to the developments at Cairndow, the Company has invested in a harvest station and well boat in the region.
The Scottish Salmon Company will also bring its finest Scottish salmon to a ‘Taste of Argyll & Bute’ event at the House of Commons on 30th January, sponsored by Mr O’Hara. The Company will be joined by other local food and drink producers at this event which will showcase the region’s best offerings to MPs and other representatives from across the UK.
Brendan O’Hara, SNP MP for Argyll & Bute, commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Scottish Salmon Company’s state of the art salmon processing facility at Cairndow and meeting the team.
“Eleanor, Duchess of Argyll, and I are very much looking forward to welcoming The Scottish Salmon Company and other fantastic Argyll & Bute producers to the House of Commons on 30th January. ‘A Taste of Argyll & Bute’ will be a unique opportunity to showcase their products, which are amongst the best in the world.”
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Brendan to our Cairndow processing facility. Argyll & Bute is an important area of business for us, with about half of our Scottish salmon being produced in the region.
“The investment in introducing filleting facilities at Cairndow marks a commitment to developing a platform for sustainable business growth and highlights our commitment to supporting local jobs, suppliers and services and is part of our ambition to develop our capabilities in the region.
“We want to put Argyll & Bute on the map for Scottish salmon production. The ‘Taste of Argyll & Bute’ event at the House of Commons is a great opportunity for The Scottish Salmon Company and other local producers to come together and showcase the quality produce that the region has on offer.”