SCOTLAND - Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead this week opened the new Malcolm Allan meat processing plant in Larbert on the day the founder of the company, Malcolm Allan, celebrated his 95th birthday.
The firm, which had estimated retail sales of approx. £15.7 million in Scotland last year, has received a total of £1 million from the Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grants.
The new plant has created 35 new full time jobs and secures the future of the 125 current full time employees.
The new site will also increase capacity by 50 per cent and opens the potential to supply to English stores and build on ever growing sales.
Mr Lochhead (pictured) said: “Scotland’s meat manufacturing sector serves up great benefits to the Scottish economy, generating turnover worth £1.2 billion and employing 7,300 people in 2011.
“The Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grants have benefited 175 projects across Scotland and supported 8,500 jobs, further investment and export opportunities.
“This particular expansion is great news for the firm and for the sector, and shows how committed the Scottish Government is to helping Scottish businesses grow and expand to create a more prosperous nation.
“And I’m delighted that I am opening the new facility on the day Malcolm Allan is celebrating his 95th birthday. He has worked incredibly hard to build and create a successful company and his commitment is inspiring – I certainly hope I’ll be as fit and active when I’m Malcolm’s age.”
Malcolm Allan managing director, Gordon Allan said: “The company has experienced a surge in sales in recent years and the move to this new facility will allow us to not only meet demand, but to also significantly increase our capacity significantly as we look to grow the business further.
“The Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant has been pivotal in allowing us to develop and expand, and we are delighted that the Government is continuing to show support to the industry.”
Councillor Craig Martin, leader of Falkirk Council said: “The Council’s business support team pulled its services together to ensure that Malcolm Allan could continue to base its growing business in Falkirk.
“The company is an important contributor to the local economy through its commitment to employment and apprenticeships and is a prime example of how a business can thrive in this area as a result of the support on offer and its central location.”
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