15th December 2019
Established 1872. Online since 1996.

Grieg Seafood Shetland raided by EU inspectors

A major salmon farming organisation with a Shetland branch has been raided by European inspectors investigating alleged illegal cartels.

Grieg Seafood has released a statement insisting it was unaware of any anti-competitive behaviour and was co-operating with officials.

It comes after the Norwegian-owned company was inspected by officials from the European Commission as part of an EU-wide probe.

The company is the largest salmon farmer in the isles and has activities in the complete value chain from hatcheries to grow-out and processing.

The operation in Shetland has an estimated production capacity of around 22,000 tonnes gutted weight. It employs 166 people in the three departments.

In a statement Grieg’s global communications manager Kristina Furnes said: “We have been informed that The European Commission DG (Director General) Competition are active in the UK, exploring potential anti-competitive behaviour in the salmon industry.

“The salmon market is very competitive and we are not aware of any anti-competitive behaviour. We are fully co-operating with the European Commission DG Competition’s investigation.

“Any further questions about the investigation should be directed to The European Commission DG Competition.”

Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.