More than a dozen jobs look set to go as abattoir owners plan to close a long-running north-east base.
Rhinds of Elgin has been in operation in the town for more than 120 years.
Now operators Dunbia is looking to shut the facility as part of a restructuring of the Northern Irish company following a recent takeover.
It is understood the 17 employees in Moray have been offered pay-offs or relocation packages to move to the firm’s other Scottish base in Ayrshire.
Rhinds is the last abattoir in the region, with the closest one now in Turriff.
Dunbia – which was taken over by Dawn Meats in September last year – confirmed a consultation has begun with staff about the move.
However, Moray MSP Richard Lochhead has pressed for steps to be taken to find a new operator for the Linkwood Industrial Estate premises to keep the jobs in the area.
A spokesman for Dunbia said: “The move comes as part of the company’s overall redevelopment strategy for its operations in Scotland, where it is implementing a multi-million pound investment programme.”