United Kingdom
Scotland; South Western Scotland; Dumfries and Galloway
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.20 - Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs

450 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
31 May 2018
Employment effect (start)
31 May 2018
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


Young’s Seafood, a UK-based fish and seafood processor, has announced that it will close its subsidiary; the Pinney’s of Scotland seafood factory in Annan, Scotland. The phased closure will be completed by the end of 2018, making all 450 employees redundant. The production currently undertaken at Pinney’s will be moved to Young’s main site in Grimsby, in the north of England. The announcement came on 31st May, after a period of formal collective consultation between management, staff and their representatives about the proposed closure of the site. The representative of the trade union Unite Scotland said the closure of the plant at the end of a 45-day consultation was “extremely disappointing”.

According to a spokesperson, the company will continue to meet with employee representatives to discuss ongoing items such as redeployment opportunities and would start “one to one” consultations with affected employees.

Young’s Seafood employs 2500 people across the UK.


  • 31 May 2018: BBC News
  • 1 June 2018: BBC News
  • 31 May 2018: Fish Update
  • 31 May 2018: The Scotsman


Eurofound (2018), Young's Seafood, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 94208, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/94208.