SNP leader Alex Salmond last week unveiled a £1m factory expansion at the award-winning RR Spink & Sons in Arbroath - the home of the Arbroath Smokie. Twenty jobs have been created and in the last 12 months the company has doubled production size, increasing smoking capacity 75%.
RR Spink & Sons won best brand development and the supreme award at the Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2005, co-sponsored by The Grocer.
Salmond said: “The fishing industry has been forced to suffer some hard blows in recent years. It is therefore extremely gratifying to see that progressive fish processors such as Spink have managed to carve a unique niche through the innovative marketing of their high-quality produce.”
RR Spink has increased the number of own-label Arbroath lines supplied to M&S from two to 13 in the past year and sales of its added-value ready-to-eat branded prepacks, supplied to Sainsbury, are up 42% since being relaunched last year.
Marketing manager of Spink parent Scot Trout and Salmon, David Rae, said an ongoing programme of NPD was backed with testing of ideas by a consumer panel.