Coln Valley smokery moves production from England to Scotland

The PRFoods-owned Coln Valley has relocated from Gloucester to Aberdeen.

The smokery Coln Valley has joined its sister firm John Ross Jr in Aberdeen according to the site just-food.

The family-owned supplier of smoked salmon to the Queen was sold to PR Foods, an Estonian food production company, in a multi-million pound deal in July.

In a statement sent to the publication, Christopher Leigh, CEO at John Ross Jr and Coln Valley, said: “We can confirm that Coln Valley’s operations have been moved to Scotland, as previously communicated to its customers.

“We took the decision to relocate Coln Valley’s processing capability to Aberdeen for a number of reasons, all of which are based on the continued growth and success of the brand. This has now been fully implemented.

“The Aberdeen site from which Coln Valley’s products will now be produced is a double A-graded BRC facility, which places it in the top tier of worldwide producers that have demonstrated the highest standards within the food production industry; an aspect that for many large retail brands is now a pre-requisite.

The decision to move the Gloucester site was to ensure that newly-owned company could produce higher volumes of its grade-A smoked salmon. The former site was SALSA accredited, a UK food safety certification scheme which is only appropriate for smaller food producers and processors.

“Coln Valley is now ready to embark on its next phase of growth and we look forward to developing the brand both domestically and internationally.”