[13 September/ Otago Daily Times]

Mount Cook Alpine Salmon (MCAS) has announced the purchase of Aoraki Smokehouse Salmon. Both companies operate salmon farms in hydro canals in the Mackenzie district, with MCAS producing just over 1,000 tonnes a year and Aoraki producing just under 600 tonnes a year. Mount Cook Alpine Salmon Chief Executive, David Cole said the acquisition was a logical step in the growth of the business as the majority of the MCAS’s production went to overseas customers while Aoraki’s products were highly regarded in the domestic market.  Mr Cole added that there would be some restructuring as the combined operations were integrated. The combined company would employ more than 150 staff.