South Scotland

Annan seafood firm cuts 30 staff posts

Smoked salmon
Image caption The smoked salmon firm said the move was not one it took lightly

Redundancy talks at a Dumfries and Galloway seafood plant have resulted in a total of 30 job losses.

Pinneys of Scotland had initially announced that as many as 50 posts could go at its Annan base.

However, it said 17 workers had been redeployed within the company to help reduce the impact.

A company statement said that redundancy was not an issue it took lightly but it had been necessary for the long-term future of the business.

The site in Annan was bought by Grimsby-based The Seafood Company from Uniq, in March 2009.

It boasts a royal warrant to supply smoked salmon to the Queen.

A company statement said: "When we bought the business over a year ago we acquired a factory that was over-resourced and under-capacity.

"The moves we are making will safeguard the 500 jobs and enable us to build a sustainable business for the long term."

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