13 Food and drink producers have been awarded grants totalling almost £3.5 million to diversify and expand operations. The awards have been made through the Food Processing, Marketing & Co-operation grants awarded by the Scottish Government, totalling £3.5 million.
Speaking about the awards, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, environment and culture, and the quality of our produce is world renowned. “We are announcing £3.5 million of new funding for 13 organisations across Scotland which will support sustainable cooperation and collaboration from primary production and processing to the market, so industry can continue to flourish. “I congratulate each recipient of these awards, and wish them the best of luck for the future.”
Among those awarded grants are Glenrath Egg Products, an egg processing business near Peebles, are awarded £427,000 for egg processing equipment to double their existing capacity to access new markets in the food services sector.
Simon Howie Butchers Limited, Perthshire, are awarded £206,294 for the construction of a dry goods store, and engineering support facility, a cold store with blast freezing and a centralised packing room.
Border Meats Limited, are awarded £305,000 to centralise operations in Lockerbie and create a more efficient and sustainable abattoir, butchery and sales facility.
Scottish Islands Abattoir Association, the Islands, are awarded £43,400 a feasibility study to consider how the economic sustainability of the abattoirs could be ensured and their levels of operation improved and increased.