Haggis maker eyes export success

Haggis maker eyes export success

Haggis maker Macsween of Edinburgh is looking to break into the US market after securing £114,534 in funding from the Scottish government.

Food secretary Richard Lochhead visited the company’s Edinburgh HQ to award the grant from the latest round of the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) scheme.

The funding, over three years, will help businesses throughout Scotland improve, extend or build new facilities – contributing to the success of Scotland’s £14bn food and drink growth sector.

James Macsween, managing director of Macsween of Edinburgh, believes the new equipment and expansion of its production facilities will help the firm expand overseas, in particular the US.

He said: “Haggis is Scotland’s national dish and is hugely popular at home and abroad – especially for Burns Night.

“The equipment this funding will enable us to buy and install will allow us to expand our operations and prepare for the US market opening to haggis in the future.”

Lochhead added: “Scots and many others with a connection to Scotland will be celebrating Burns Night with traditional haggis and a dram – making this the ideal time to announce these first awards under our new food grants scheme.

“Scotland’s iconic food and drink sector is already the toast of the Scottish economy, with phenomenal growth and turnover now exceeding £14bn.

“This huge success has been fuelled by the global appetite for our iconic products, such as haggis and whisky - and the unwavering support of the Scottish Government and all our agencies.”