Tulip makes Scottish move

Tulip has confirmed plans to enter into a long term partnership to slaughter Scottish pigs with AP Jess.

The move, which will see AP Jess slaughter pigs for Tulip at it’s Brechin abattoir, has been broadly welcomed across Scotland, and Tulip’s agriculture director Andrew Saunders described the new supply agreement as “very good news for Tulip, AP Jess and the Scottish pig industry in general”.

Allan Jess, MD of AP Jess, said: “We are very excited about this opportunity to work with a business on the scale of Tulip and believe the conclusion of the agreement is true testament to the quality of Scottish pigmeat and the fantastic service levels that our Brechin abattoir can deliver. The deal will be very good news for the local economy as it will lead to the creation of around 30 much-needed jobs.”

Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland, described the deal as “another promising sign for the Scottish pig industry, which has a great deal to be proud of, including world-leading quality assurance and welfare.

“This commitment gives our Scottish production base, which has been enduring a difficult period of falling throughput and volatile grain prices, a welcome boost.”

The move will allow Tulip to be able to label its Scottish-produced pork as ‘Specially Selected Pork Approved by the Scottish SPCA’.

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