Young’s Seafood, the UK fish processing group, is to move production of chilled products from a site in Scotland, a move that could result to the loss of 13 jobs.

The company said today (28 April) that it had started talks with employees at its Kilron factory in Fraserburgh.

The Kilron site, which employs 116 staff, will focus on Young’s frozen production.

“The factory will play a key role in our operations becoming our centre of excellence for our frozen natural business both in retail and in foodservice,” the company told just-food.

“This consultation has not been tabled lightly but we believe that these moves will make Kilron a highly effective, low cost, natural and smoked centre of excellence operation.”

Young’s has six UK factories, “predominantly in the frozen business”, the company said. The Seafood Co., a sister business, has six UK sites predominantly focusing on chilled production.

The chilled production at Kilron is to move to The Seafood Co.’s sites in Hull and Grimsby.

Young’s is controlled by Foodvest, which also operates The Seafood Co. and Findus in the UK and Europe. Foodvest was sold to private equity group Lion Capital last July.