- Published: Friday, 17 April 2015 07:30
Loch Duart closes smokehouse doors
The Loch Duart Smokehouse by Loch Carnan in South Uist is ceasing supply to customers, after failing to find new owners for the business. The former Salar smokehouse was taken over by Loch Duart in 2008, with founder Nick Joy remaining Managing Director until two weeks ago. Their innovative products won numerous awards and were enjoyed by gourmets including Rick Stein, and by royalty. Loch Duart said that until Wednesday they had still hoped to hand the business over to a local consortium. Sales director Andy Bing said: “The Smokehouse produces wonderful, delicious products, but unfortunately the business has not been the success that we had envisaged. Loch Duart has enjoyed sharing these wonderful smoked products with seafood lovers around the world. The company wishes to thank its customers for their business.” Loch Duart said there was still a chance that another consortium would take on the Smokehouse but production has now ceased. The company still employs 22 staff in fish farming in North and South Uist.