Former workers at a Ross-shire fish feed plant are being offered a new opportunity after the business was taken over.
Northeast Nutrition Scotland in Invergordon will manufacture fish feed for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, a leading salmon producer with facilities in Shetland and Orkney, as well as the Scottish mainland.
Cooke chief executive Glenn Cooke said: “All of our salmon is reared using feeds that are manufactured in compliance with the highest standards for animal feed safety.
“We are excited to include domestic feed manufacturing in Scotland, adding to the vertical integration of our operations and further enhancing the full traceability of our fish.”
Skretting announced in November its plans to cease manufacturing activities and it closed the Invergordon facility at the end of April.
Cooke plans to work with former employees who were affected by the closure to resume operations at the mill.
Mill manager Chris Bryden said: “We are thrilled to be in a position to offer new opportunities to those employees and have an engaged and experienced team in place from day one.
“As a rural coastal community, Invergordon has a population of approximately 4,000 residents. Joining the Cooke family of companies provides us with the opportunity to keep Scottish jobs and be an important part of a globally respected growing seafood leader.”
Cooke Aquaculture Scotland and Cooke’s feed division and feed suppliers employ teams of professionals in fish nutrition, feed manufacture, fish feeding behavior, fish health management, farm management and information technology.