THE Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group – the UK’s premier producer of farmed mussels and oysters - has opened its new processing facility in Bellshill.
A special celebration was held last Friday at the new centre in Motherwell Foodpark where guests heard of the company’s development plans for the future.
The facility is double the size of SSMG’s previous processing site in Bellshill and will enable the company to innovate and develop its product portfolio to meet growing consumer demand.
The new processing facility was officially opened by SSMG’s two longest serving employees - Beth Fraser Khan and Isobel Smith - and over 60 guests attended.
SSMG chairman Michael Laurenson said the new processing facility has placed the company in an excellent position for future growth.
He said: “In particular, it will give us the opportunity to expand our shellfish range to meet the requirements of a dynamic consumer market.
“We will achieve this through product innovation and by diversifying our operation to include other shellfish species.”
Managing director Stephen Cameron praised the dedication of the company’s workforce. He said: “Our employees have been fantastic and their hard work and enthusiasm has enabled the smooth transfer of operations to our new site.
“We believe the Scottish shellfish industry has a great future because of growing consumer demand and widespread recognition of the range and quality of seafood found around our coasts.”
The opening of the new centre was also welcomed by environment minister Struan Stevenson, who said: “The waters around Scotland produce some of the most delicious and highly sought after shellfish anywhere in the world.
“ I welcome the opening of the new processing facility, backed by £132,500 support from the Scottish Government.”