Fears grow for food factory

PRESSURE is being put on to keep an Amble food factory open, following the news that langoustine processing could be moved from the site.

Young’s Seafood Limited is currently consulting on the fate of Border Laird.

The company is looking at a number of options for langoustine processing at the factory, which includes keeping it in Amble or selling the business as a going concern.

But one option is to transfer the processing to another Young’s Seafood site, possibly Annan in Scotland.

However, a company spokeswoman said that the consultation is ongoing and all options will be looked at in detail.

At the end of last month, 31 jobs were axed from the Amble factory, following the transfer of fishcake production to Grimsby in the short-term, leaving 45 jobs at the site.

Now, MP Sir Alan Beith is pressing Young’s Seafood to look hard at the potential for the Amble business to expand its langoustine operation.

He said: “I have been speaking regularly to management from Young’s, calling on them to keep the factory in Amble and bring in extra work.

“I was concerned to hear that the company is considering moving the langoustine operation to Annan but that there are issues over the refrigeration process there which uses ammonia.

“The refrigeration process used in Amble uses nitrogen and is modern technology; I want to ensure Young’s are looking very closely into what work could be brought in to Amble to be carried out alongside the langoustines.”

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said that the authority was in discussion with Young’s Seafood to try to maintain business activity at the Amble site.