Three food and drink producers from the north east of Scotland have been awarded grants totalling almost £1m to help them diversify and expand.
Maxwell Farms, Aberdeenshire, a family business growing and processing root vegetables has been awarded a grant of more than £635,000 for a washing, grading, and packing facility.
Coleburn Investments in Moray, was awarded £246,000 for building works, a distilling plant, and the equipment needed to create a boutique distillery at the existing Coleburn Distillery site.
Millers of Speyside, Highlands, has been awarded £83,660 for purchasing and installing an on-site incinerator plant and a stunning box for its cattle/pig line
They are just three of the 13 recipients of Food Processing, Marketing & Co-operation grants awarded by the Scottish Government, worth £3.5m in total.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, environment and culture, and the quality of our produce is world renowned.
“Today we are announcing £3.5m of new funding for 13 organisations across Scotland which will support sustainable cooperation and collaboration from primary production and processing to the market, so industry can continue to flourish.
“I congratulate each recipient of these awards, and wish them the best of luck for the future.”