Archive photo of a Dawnfresh pen in Loch Etive.

Mowi buys trout farmer Dawnfresh

Company has both fresh water and sea water sites

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Scotland’s largest trout producer, Dawnfresh Farming, has been bought by the country’s largest salmon farmer, Mowi Scotland.

Documents published on the Companies House website today show that Mowi became a relevant legal entity with significant control of Dawnfresh on 7 February.

Mowi Scotland chief operating officer Ben Hadfield, processing and sales operations director Scott Nolan, and finance director Piotr Kamil Kapinos have been appointed directors of Dawnfresh.

Former Dawnfresh directors Raleigh Salvesen, Darren Allan, John Christopher Young, and Alastair Salvesen are no longer on the board.

In administration

Processing and fish farming company Dawnfresh Seafoods was placed in the hands of administrators FRP Advisory on 1 March 2022. The company’s Arbroath processing facility was immediately sold to Lossie Seafoods Limited, and in June another former Dawnfresh plant at Uddingston, near Glasgow, was acquired by Thistle Foods.

Dawnfresh Farming operates seven fish farms and hatcheries across Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The company raises freshwater trout at Tervine and Braevallich on Loch Awe and Loch Earn, and loch trout at five sites in Loch Etive which have a combined maximum allowed biomass of 3,753.7 tonnes.

Mowi has not commented about the purchase, but is expected to give more details in its quarterly report next week.