Ayrshire family butcher signs £750,000 Co-op deal

Ayrshire family butcher signs £750,000 Co-op deal

Ayrshire-based family butcher business, We hae meat, is today toasting its success following a £750,000 range expansion with Co-op.

The deal will see a total of nine new lines, ranging from sausage rolls to family-sized puff pastry pies, listed in over 300 Co-op stores across Scotland.

We hae meat first began working with the Co-op in 2013, with the introduction of the brand's breakfast range, which includes their hugely popular Steak Slice Sausage.

Run by husband and wife team, Alex and Carlyn Paton, We hae meat currently employs a growing workforce of 61 staff from the Ayrshire area, and the new contract with Co-op is set to create 6 new jobs.

Carlyn Paton, said: “Having our supply contract with the Co-op extended has been on the agenda for some time. 

"We are currently building a large extension to our manufacturing facility which is based on our family farm and this is giving us the capacity to expand our supply contracts and product ranges significantly.

"The entire team is delighted that Co-op customers are enjoying our products, so much so that over 300 stores will now carry 'We hae meat' products.

"Of the nine new lines, there really is something for everyone including family-sized Steak Mince Rounds, tasty Single Portion Pies and our brand new Sausage Roll Twin Pack, which we imagine will prove popular as a hearty snack or as part of a satisfying main meal."

Steve Addison, Co-op category buyer for Pies, Quiche & Savouries, also welcomed the firm's range extension: "We're delighted to build on the success of our partnership with family business We hae meat.

"The Co-op reaches into the heart of communities right across Scotland, where there is a real appetite for quality Scottish produce.

“We hae meat are a fine example of this and we know our customers can't wait to try the new range when it launches into Co-op stores this week."

Among the nine new lines is the We hae meat Steak & Gravy Single Portion Pie, which scooped gold in the 2015 British Pie Awards.

The range also includes: Extra Large Steak Pie, Large Butchers Steak Pie, Small Butchers Steak Pie, Butchers Steak Pie, Balmoral Chicken Pie, Sausage Roll Twin Pack, Creamy Chicken Pie and the Steak Mince Round.