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SSA raises serious concerns over immigration system with government


Amid serious concerns about the impact of the government’s points-based immigration system on seafood processing, SSA chief executive Jimmy Buchan met Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland Douglas Ross along with other food sector representatives in Elgin today. Mr Buchan said Mr Ross had assured him that he understood the potential hazards of the system for a range of industries, from seafood to soft fruit farming to hospitality. “He made it clear that he is …

Call for urgent discussions with UK Government ministers


Two of Scotland’s largest seafood organisations united today to call for urgent discussions with UK Government ministers amid concerns about the impact of post-Brexit immigration plans on the sector. The Scottish Seafood Association and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation highlighted the dependence of the processing sector on overseas labour and stressed the importance of ensuring that businesses were able to be fully staffed to deal with the growth in seafood volumes from January 2021. SSA …

Scots seafood processors outline vision for the future


Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA), is in an ebullient but pragmatic mood as he discusses the challenges facing the Scottish processing sector as the final post-Brexit trade arrangements are thrashed-out with the EU. Never has it been so important for Scottish seafood processors to have the proper cohesive representation provided by the SSA because of the range of hurdles involved in the negotiation, most notably in balancing the expectations of …

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Seafood processors call for continued tariff-free trade and access to labour


Scotland’s seafood processors are demanding continued tariff-free trade and access to labour in any Brexit deal reached between the UK and the EU. In a new 2020 Vision document, the Scottish Seafood Association has outlined the sector’s key objectives for the trade negotiations and beyond, with minimal impact on the sale of seafood in EU markets and recognition of its businesses’ employment needs the joint top priorities. SSA chief executive Jimmy Buchan said: “Fundamental to …

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New heights for seafood processing sector as companies gain SSA standard


A major drive to improve standards across the seafood processing sector in Scotland has paid dividends. Nine companies have succeeded in achieving the new Scottish Seafood Association Standard, and of those, six are being assessed for SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) accreditation. The SSA Standard is an initiative that involves the training of staff, guidance on aspects of the business, factory audits and mentoring. SSA Chief Executive Jimmy Buchan said: “A significant part of …

Workplace Ready programme


SSA has launched a Workplace Ready programme for new entrants to the seafood industry. Developed with partners including Polaris Learning as part of the NESFLAG project (story below) the two week course is free of charge to trainees and consists of a series of accredited training modules in food hygiene, health & safety, knife and filleting skills, seafood assessment, storage and handling. Find Out More

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Straight A report for Nolan Seafoods


Nolan Seafoods (UK) has been awarded BRC AA accreditation for the second year in a row. The AA grade, introduced in 2015, is the top grade awarded by BRC certification following audit and recognises the highest standards of food safety and food handling. Founded in 2002 and based in Aberdeen, Nolan Seafoods is part of the Nolan Group. It is one of the largest processors in North-east Scotland, employing 200 staff. It currently produces 80 …