Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESCo)

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Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESCo), 1 Strathview, Dingwall Business Park Dingwall, Ross-shire IV15 9XD, Scotland, UK
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Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESCo)

French connection will ensure company’s continued growth....

An Easter Ross company is attributing the successful sale of the business and its ongoing expansion to the attitude and expertise of its workforce.

The award-winning Edinburgh Salmon Company, based at Dingwall Business Park in Easter Ross, is headed by managing director Colin Burke. It develops and supplies top quality salmon products, and has plans for diversification.

The business has recently been acquired by Merinvest, the French parent company of MerAlliance (a major player in the European salmon processing industry). The French group processes around 4,500 tonnes of smoked fish each year. It views the deal as a key part of its strategy to become European leader in the private label market for smoked and marinated fish and seafood sold through retailers. ESCo has experienced significant growth over the past few years. It currently supplies major retailers, including Asda. It’s confident that Merinvest will boost the next stage of its ambitious plans to market products to wider Europe.

When Colin Burke joined the company in 2006 turnover was £8 million. Turnover has now reached £35 million. The goal is to exceed £50 million in the next two years. The commercial team, headed by Christine Cockburn, will ensure that all opportunities to achieve this are maximised. In line with business growth the current premises are being extended to include a new £2.2 million facility to house raw salmon (and other species) enabling greater efficiency and volume production.

The extension will be officially opened on June 20 by the children of the ESCo workforce. The new facility will lead to the creation of between 80 and 100 factory jobs over the coming year, as well as enabling three to four new senior management roles. A new car park will sit alongside the factory helping to reduce congestion in the business park. There is currently 300 staff at Edinburgh Salmon Company.

Colin says it’s an exciting time: “We anticipate that our new ownership and expansion will assist us in driving the business forward into new and emerging markets such as Russia, Brazil and China.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Merinvest have purchased our business [Colin and Alistair Erskine were quite particular about who they sold the business to]. They have a turnover of more than £75 million with businesses in France and Poland, and more than 500 employees.

“We work hard to provide our customers with what they want which ultimately means that we have established long-term partnerships with them. Our senior managers are motivated and enthusiastic about the role that they play in helping us to achieve our goals. Their exceptional focus, ambition and detailed knowledge of the industry make this company robust and financially successful. They recognise that being bought by Merinvest is the next stage in our evolution; working synergistically will bring us all greater success.

“We pride ourselves on the development and innovation of our quality range of products, and our customer care because we treat each of them as an individual with unique needs. Our factory and administrative staff ensure that we can deliver quality products to deadline. Each of them strive to provide great value, and friendly service. We know that the experience, expertise, knowledge and passion of our staff will make the difference.”

The company offers premium quality cured and smoked salmon, hot smoked, roast or poached salmon, fresh salmon and trout. Colin says they have a powerful work ethic: “Our purchasing and technical teams work tirelessly to ensure that our raw material is of the best quality, and that we consistently meet customer expectation for quality, product, safety and hygiene.“

Last year Edinburgh Salmon Company won the Asda supplier of the year award in the Meat and fish category, and Asda was named the number one retailer in fish (beating other well-known household names). It’s also won in The Grocer’s Food and Drink Awards, and been nominated in the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink awards as well as winning a number of Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food.

Colin concluded: “We have sustainable ongoing success which now puts us in a strong position to diversify. We want to work on more mainstream added value by offering services or products that other companies do not want to offer. For example we will be looking to branch into cod, haddock, monkfish, and sea bass.”

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