Loch Duart closes smokehouse after takeover deal collapses
The Loch Duart Smokehouse in the Outer Hebrides has ceased production and faces permanent closure if its owners cannot find a buyer for the business.
The South Uist-based smokehouse – previously known as Salar before salmon farmer Loch Duart purchased it in 2008 – was in talks with a local consortium about taking over the business but the deal fell through last week.
In a statement on the smokehouse’s website, Loch Duart sales director Andy Bing said the business had “not been the success that we had envisaged”.
“We have been hoping that a local consortium would take over the business in time to ensure continuity of supply and, during 2014, we invested a great deal of effort into setting up a form of community ownership which fell through for reasons outside our control,” said Bing.
“There is still a chance that another consortium will take on the Smokehouse but, unfortunately, a break in production is now unavoidable.”
The smokehouse was famed for its flagship oak roasted flaky salmon, which won two stars in Great Taste 2013, while its oak smoked salmon was also a Great Taste winner and most recently picked up two stars in last year’s awards.
Loch Duart will continue to run its fish farming operations on North and South Uist.