Salar Smokehouse revived after management buy-out
Less than three months after shutting down, the Loch Duart Smokehouse in the Outer Hebrides has a new owner and will begin production of its signature flaky smoked salmon again under the revived Salar brand.
Originally known as Salar Smokehouse, the South Uist-based operation ceased production in April after its previous owners, salmon farmer Loch Duart, struggled to find a buyer for the ailing business, which it had owned since 2008.
The new owner Iain MacRury, previously the production manager on the site, will now run the new business as Salar Smokehouse supported by six members of staff.
Native Hebridean MacRury pledged to bring a back-to-basics approach to the smokehouse, starting with its hot-smoked flaky salmon, which will be sold to retailers, restaurants and direct to consumers online.
He added that new product development would be a priority as the business got up and running.
“Our plans also include a major expansion of our onsite retail facility where I will work closely with local producers and service providers to bring a truly Hebridean culinary experience to our home market and for visitors to these islands,” he said. “Local sales have traditionally been very strong and we aim to offer our range locally as soon as possible and it is very encouraging that right away we have enquiries from home delivery and mainland trade customers, who are ready to order.”
Macrury offered his thanks to Loch Duart as well as a number of other local agencies and businesses – including MacLennan’s Supermarket, MacLean’s Bakery and Highlands & Islands Enterprise – for helping to secure the deal to revive the smokehouse.