Scooping double victory at the 2022 Aquaculture Awards

It’s tremendously exciting to kick off the news area of our website with some truly brilliant news: last week we were named Best Aquaculture Company at the 2022 Aquaculture Awards in Aviemore, and our Fish Health Manager, Andre Van, was joint winner of the Rising Star award.

Aquaculture UK 2022 Award Winners

Our Chairman and Founder Stuart Cannon said of winning the Best Company Award: “It’s just wonderful to get the recognition as a family-run trout farm in a field of such big corporate players. We’ve always tried to remain true to our values and keep the quality of our very special Scottish Steelhead Trout at the heart of everything we do, whilst nimbly adapting and innovating with the changing market and pressures. To get this in our 50th year is a great reminder that all the efforts we go to as a team really can make an impact in the industry.” 

The judges commented on how Kames had thrived through a difficult year due their adaptability. “They are always looking at product development and new ways they can work with manufacturers, particularly around net zero” – a nod to feed supplier Cargill’s SeaFurther initiative we have signed up to, reducing carbon emissions along the feed and supply chain. “They have also been looking at their working culture and what positive changes they can implement, which the judges commended.”

They described Rising Star Andre Van as someone who has “transformed” fish health at Kames, and our MD Neil Manchester commented that “Andre has always had a clear vision of the importance of fish health and welfare at the heart of our core values of Quality and Sustainability and proven his important role on the team as a critical link where science and innovation really informs our daily farming decisions.”

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