The opening of the first Loch Fyne seafood counter at Dobbies store in Livingston has, for the first time, brought award-winning seafood from the shores of Loch Fyne to Dobbies garden centres and was marked with a demonstration of oyster shucking by one of Loch Fyne’s skilled oystermen.
Loch Fyne seafood counters are planned for Dobbies stores across the UK with more opening in the coming months.
Fresh seafood will be regularly delivered to each store and staff, specially trained at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and delicatessen in Argyll, will be on-hand to advise customers about the seafood products on offer.
From its base on the shores of Loch Fyne on the west coast of Scotland, Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd sells quality seafood products to clients worldwide including top hotels, restaurants and events and become recognised as a world-leader in responsible and ethical farming of seafood.
Last year it became the first company in the world to be given a special certification by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in recognition of its responsible farming of blue mussels.
Loch Fyne Oysters managing director Cameron Brown said, “We are delighted to be working with Dobbies to bring top quality seafood to their stores.
"Dobbies customers can now go home with smoked salmon or fresh oysters knowing that exactly the same products are being served to diners in the finest hotels in the world.
"Our responsible farming practices also complement Dobbies’ environmentally friendly approach to gardening by sourcing all their plants from the UK.”
Archie Stewart, head of food at Dobbies Garden Centres, said: “Bringing Loch Fyne seafood into our Livingston Foodhall builds on the high quality produce offering that Dobbies’ customers know and love.
"We’re excited to be taking this first step and look forward to introducing Loch Fyne to more of our
stores across the UK in the near future.”