Aberdeen processor scales back Grimsby operations Published: 19 May, 2011
AN Aberdeen fish processor which opened a new factory in Grimsby just over two years ago has decided to close down a large part of its operations in the port.
When Andrew Christie Junior expanded in March 2009, creating more than 20 new jobs, it was widely anticipated that it would lead to stronger links between Scotland and Grimsby.
However, the fall in fish landings, particularly from Iceland, has created more than a few problems for processors. Despite several attempts to contact Andrew Christie Junior, no-one from the company was prepared to comment publicly on the closure. But it is known that the primary reason is the availability of fish and higher charges in the port. At least a dozen jobs will be lost in the closure.
Located in Aberdeen, Andrew Christie Junior is one of Scotlands oldest fish processing and largest independent fish curing businesses. The company employs more than 40 people in Scotland and built a new factory there in 1984. It has links with Grimsby stretching back more than 30 years and it is thought it will continue to keep some presence in the port.
The Grimsby operation was opened at the time by Humber MEP Timothy Kirkhope, who spoke of his optimism about the future of fish processing locally, but at the time the supply problem had not yet become reality.
Steve Norton, chief executive of the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, said he was saddened by the move. “I do fully understand the problems processors are having with supplies and I am aware that trade is difficult at the moment. The pity is that jobs are being lost at a time when there are not a lot of vacancies in the industry.”