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

120 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
18 March 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Bhagat Holdings has announced that it has acquired the former Pinneys site in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway and will be creating 120 new jobs. The company is involved in the processing of frozen food; specifically it adds breadcrumbs to products for food supply companies such as Brakes. 

The closure of the site, which was owned by frozen food giant Young's, in 2018resulted in the loss of 450 jobs, so the new jobs represent a fraction of the previous losses, though there are hopes that in time more jobs could be added. The new jobs are being supported by a grant of 1.7 million GBP (€1.98 million) from the Scottish Government and it is hoped that production will restart at the site in September 2019.

Politicians have reacted to the news positively with members of the Scottish Government and local councillors alike suggesting that the news is positive for the economy of South West Scotland. The unite union's response was more cautious and urged the business to allow trade union representation at the plant.



Eurofound (2019), Bhagat Holdings , Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 97378, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/97378.