Mil­lions of pounds given to Scots food and drink firms

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - Sat­ur­day, July 29, 2017

Thir­teen food, drink and agri­cul­tural busi­nesses from across Scot­land have been awarded grants worth al­most £3.5mil­lion through the Food Pro­cess­ing, Mar­ket­ing and Co-op­er­a­tion grant scheme.

En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Roseanna Cun­ning­ham an­nounced the fund­ing dur­ing a visit to Ket­tle Pro­duce in Cu­par, Fife, yes­ter­day.

The veg­etable pack­ing busi­ness re­ceived £279,000 through the scheme to con­struct a new com­plex for short and long-term cold stor­age for 4,500 tonnes of swede, car­rot, pointed cab­bage, cau­li­flower, kale and cour­gettes.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said the fund­ing would “sup­port sus­tain­able co-op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion from pri­mary pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing to the mar­ket” for the 13 busi­nesses.

Other re­cip­i­ents of fund­ing in­clude Tur­riff-based veg­etable grow­ing busi­ness Max­well Farms Lim­ited which se­cured just un­der £635,000 for a wash­ing, grad­ing, over­wrap­ping and re­tail pack­ing fa­cil­ity.

The Cole­burn Dis­tillery in El­gin was granted just over £246,000 to cre­ate a new bou­tique dis­tillery at its ex­ist­ing site, while Gran­town-based meat pro­ces­sor Millers of Spey­side has been given £83,660 to pur­chase and in­stal and on-site in­cin­er­a­tor plant and a stun­ning box for its cat­tle and pig line.

The Scot­tish Is­lands Abat­toir As­so­ci­a­tion has been awarded £43,300 to fund a fea­si­bil­ity study to con­sider how the eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity of the is­lands’ abat­toirs could be en­sured and their lev­els of op­er­a­tion im­proved and in­creased.

An­gus-based veg­etable grow­ing en­ter­prise McDon­ald Agri was awarded just un­der £168,000 for the con­struc­tion of a pack­house and var­i­ous pro­cess­ing equip­ment, while Perthshire-based Si­mon Howie Butch­ers has been given more than £206,000 for the con­struc­tion of a dry goods store, en­gi­neer­ing sup­port fa­cil­ity, a cold store with blast freez­ing and a cen­tralised pack­ing room.

Stir­ling­shire-based Katy Rodger’s Ar­ti­san Dairy se­cured just over £16,000 for the pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of an ex­ter­nal walk-in fridge and freezer, a com­mer­cial fruit cook­ing ma­chine and a pot filler and con­veyor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.