EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Young's Seafood

Young's Seafood

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Dumfries and Galloway; South Western Scotland; Scotland
Location of affected unit(s): Annan


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.20 - Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs
Number Employed: 2500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 31-05-2018
Planned Job Reductions min: 450
Planned Job Reductions max: 450
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 31-05-2018
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2018
Direct Dismissals: 450

Additional Information

Young’s Seafood, a UK-based fish and seafood processor, has announced that it will close its subsidiary; the Pinney’s of Scotland seafood factory in Annan, Scotland. The phased closure will be completed by the end of 2018, making all 450 employees redundant. The production currently undertaken at Pinney’s will be moved to Young’s main site in Grimsby, in the north of England. The announcement came on 31st May, after a period of formal collective consultation between management, staff and their representatives about the proposed closure of the site. The representative of the trade union Unite Scotland said the closure of the plant at the end of a 45-day consultation was “extremely disappointing”.

According to a spokesperson, the company will continue to meet with employee representatives to discuss ongoing items such as redeployment opportunities and would start “one to one” consultations with affected employees.

Young’s Seafood employs 2500 people across the UK.