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Scottish Conservative politicians express disappointment at closure of Rannoch Smokery


Scottish Conservative politicians Murdo Fraser MSP and Councillor John Duff have expressed disappointment at the announcement that Rannoch Smokery will close from Wednesday (January 16).

Run by the Barclay family, the firm has been in existence for more than three decades but have stated that increasing supplier costs and trading problems have led to them making the decision to shut down.

Murdo Fraser, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, said he was “extremely disappointed” to hear Rannoch Smokery would be closing.“It is sad to hear Rannoch Smokery will be closing,” he said.

“Between 15 to 20 jobs will be axed as a result of this and it is a big blow to the local economy. It was well-known in the Highland Perthshire area so will be badly missed there.”

And Councillor John Duff, who represents the Highland ward, added: “I am extremely sorry to hear that this long-established family business is to close after over 30 years trading. During that period, the Barclay family have worked hard to build up an excellent reputation as a meat and game smoker and it has been a major employer in the Kinloch Rannoch district.

“Its closure will be a severe blow to this extremely rural area, where there is little alternative employment. I am working to see what can be done within Perth and Kinross Council to support those who will lose their jobs and for the local economy in general.”

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