Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead has announced the latest round of awards from the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) scheme, which is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the EU.
The grants will enable the food processing companies to improve, extend or build new facilities, creating 111 new jobs and safeguarding 615 more.
Mr Lochhead said: “Scottish food and drink is world-renowned for its quality, taste and provenance and these latest grants will enable twelve more food and drink companies to expand their operations in response to growing demand for our delicious produce.
“This investment will create and safeguard hundreds of jobs, further contributing to the massive success of Scotland’s £14 billion food and drink growth sector.
“These latest awards demonstrate how the Scottish Government and our partners continue to deliver real and tangible support for food production in this country.”
The grants announced are:
Eyemouth Freezers chairman Peter Straker-Smith said: “This award is a tremendous boost to the business. It will enable us to provide a secure foundation for the company’s future, for the development of the vining pea crop in the Borders and for our employees’ prospects.”
Andrew Stirling from Stirling Potatoes Ltd (Stirfresh) said: “This grant support provides us with a great opportunity to take Stirling Potatoes Ltd to another level.
"This investment will help us to increase the sales of fresh potatoes that can now have a longer shelf life, and are also ready to eat much quicker with no additives and are Gluten Free.”
Jane Prentice from Downfield Ltd said: “Venison is one of the healthiest red meats available and demand for it is growing. With the aid of the grant funding we will be able to create a unique facility on the farm, supplying Scottish venison from both farmed and wild deer all year.”
Alex Paton, Managing Director of Ayrshire based butchers business, We hae meat Ltd said: “We have experienced significant business growth over the past few years.
"The ‘We hae meat’ brand and our products are now well established in the Scottish market place and we are seeing ever increasing volume demands for our key lines. The extension to our existing butchery and manufacturing plant will increase our production capacity to meet the demand of our fast growing customer base and will allow us to achieve better operational efficiency.
"The additional capacity will also allow us to launch products to target new markets and we will be creating further employment in our local area through this.”