Scottish firm Associated Seafoods Ltd (ASL) has announced that work on its new multi-million pound upgrade programme to improve its seafood processing facility in Buckie, is making good progress.
The company has already built upon a solid export base through the development of new markets for premium Scottish salmon and shellfish, including Russia and China.
ASL, which also incorporates Moray Seafoods, Lossie Seafoods and Glenisla Shellfish, currently exports to a total of 24 countries around the world, including customers in Europe, Mexico, the US, Hong Kong and the Middle East, accounting for 80 per cent of the firm's overall sales.
In a statement, ASL's managing director Victor West said: "We believe that the Scottish provenance of our smoked salmon and shellfish will be one of the most important drivers in developing new markets.
"All our salmon is 100 per cent Scottish and only sourced from farms we work incredibly closely with and which practice the best standards of husbandry and care. In other words, our salmon is grown, harvested and smoked in Scotland."
Mr West added that the firm continually receives overly positive feedback about the quality of its products, in terms of both flavour and texture, and that it fully intends to enhance its global reputation.
The firm's new area for high-care crab processing is already in operation, sourcing the locally caught crabs caught by Scottish fishing boats.
It is understood that its dedicated langoustine processing section is to be completed later this week, with areas offering the firm a greater ability to process shellfish of the highest quality.
Both of these developments will be implemented alongside a new processing area for smoked salmon, which is due to be commissioned at the end of August.
Some of the major features of this new facility include traditional kilns, a dedicated hot smoking area, as well as the equipment needed to produce an exciting new range of Scottish smoked salmon and cured products.