Seaweed factory in Wick aims for March opening

[UK] A plan to set up a factory in Wick to process edible seaweed is “progressing well”, according to the company behind the venture.

New Wave Foods wants to become Scotland’s leading processor of the seaweed and sees “huge potential” in Caithness.

Peter Elbourne, the company’s Dingwall-based research and development manager, hopes production at the factory can get under way next month.

Research and development manager Peter Elbourne is aiming to have production under way next month.
Research and development manager Peter Elbourne is aiming to have production under way next month.

He said: “The factory refit is progressing well. We are almost ready for delivery of equipment. We’ve appointed an operations manager and he’s due to start work in the middle of February. We’re hoping to begin production in early March.

“We are keen to get going and in the longer term see great potential for the factory in Wick. We are slightly behind schedule but that is not in any way a concern. We are quite happy with how things are progressing.”

He pointed out that March is a good time to be harvesting seaweed – a resource which Caithness has in abundance.

The operations manager will be involved in the recruitment of staff but the company plans to operate the factory with around three people who will be part-time harvesters and processors for the first three to six months.

 

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