The Scottish Government will set up a taskforce to support workers affected by Young’s decision to reduce its operations in Fraserburgh.
The move follows the conformation that Young’s will retain around 250 staff at the Fraserburgh plant - with 650 people still set to lose their jobs.
Business MinisterFergus Ewing, who will chair the taskforce, said: ““This is deeply disappointing, but not unexpected, news.
He added: ““Originally the company was proposing to cease operations in Fraserburgh and Grantown.
“Over the summer, the alternative plan was brought forward and discussed at the stakeholders meeting I convened and we welcome the decision to retain the Grantown operation and keep staff at Fraserburgh.”
The ‘Alternative Option’ plan will see the Fraserburgh Watermill Road site will stay open with a reduced operation focussed on hot and cold smoked Ready-to-Eat products.
Mr Ewing said: “The impact of Young’s decision on Fraserburgh and the whole of the North East will be significant and far reaching.
““We have already offered support for affected employees through our initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE).”
The taskforce will mwwt in Fraserburgh next Friday, october 2.
The Business Minister said: “The taskforce will look at how the work at Fraserburgh can be expanded, in collaboration with the company, and will provide every possible support to those workers who need our help to find alternative employment and ensure all public bodies collaborate to mitigate, as far as possible, the impact on Fraserburgh and surrounding communities.”