Macduff Macduff

1760 MACDUFF HARBOUR IS BUILT

Macduff’s fishing and boat-building industries came to dominate the town. This is where our business began, and from where we take our name.

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1800s SCOTLAND'S FISHING BOOM

The government in London began to subsidise larger herring boats, and the coming of the railways meant Scotland could easily send fish to the growing towns of England.

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1880s JOHN BEATON STARTS TRADING

In the 19th century, when the Scottish herring industry was at its height, John Beaton started trading in fish. His descendants still run Macduff Shellfish today.

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1914 WAR AND PEACE

The First World War interrupted the growth of the fishing industry in Scotland, with many fishermen signing up for the Royal Navy Reserve. They returned to a declining industry.

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1945 CHANGING TIMES

After the Second World War, the Scottish fishery concentrated more and more on white fish, with increasing activity in shellfish.

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MID 20th CENTURY LIVE LOBSTERS

After decades of trading in white fish, the Beaton family started to work with live lobsters and shellfish.

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1980s EXPORTING FOR THE FIRST TIME

At a site in Macduff, the Beatons begin to process and export langoustines.

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1996 THE MOVE TO MINTLAW

By now the business was outgrowing its Macduff site, and the company invested in a new plant at Mintlaw, 20 miles away.

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2001 WE MOVE NEXT DOOR

Growing again, we moved into much bigger premises just next door to our original Mintlaw plant. With all our work in one place now, we closed our Macduff premises, but kept the name.

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2005 LANGOUSTINE SCOTLAND'S BIGGEST CATCH

Also known as the Dublin Bay prawn and the Norwegian lobster, langoustine landed in Scotland was worth £38.5 million in 2005.

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2012 GREAT SCOTT

We bought Dumfries-based Scott Trawlers, the largest scallop fishing fleet in the UK. The fleet includes two with ‘frozen at sea’ capability - unique in the UK scallop industry.

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2013 SALTIRE ADDED

Following the acquisition of the Scott fleet of scallop trawlers, we bought Saltire Seafoods’ four vessels, adding the boats and the 25 strong crew to the Dumfries-based operation.

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2013 ISLAND HOPPING

In September 2013 we bought a processing facility from Young’s Seafoods in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides.

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2014 MACDUFF RE-BRAND

To further develop brand positioning around exceptional quality Macduff carried out a major re-brand.

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2015 CLEARWATER ACQUIRES MACDUFF

Clearwater Seafoods completes £98 million acquisition of Macduff Shellfish Group.

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Call +44 (0)1771 624000
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