In a statement, QMS chairman Jim McLaren said that the decision “adds to a period of unwelcome challenge for the Scottish red meat industry”, which is also facing the possible closure of Vion’s Hall’s of Broxburn site.
“We recognize this decision must have been a very difficult one for the ANM Group board. Scotch Premier Meat has worked hard to build a business, in the heart of one of Scotland’s top livestock producing areas, with an enviable reputation for quality both at home and overseas,” he said.
“The business plays an important role in the Scottish red meat industry which last year contributed a record £2.1 billion to Scotland’s economy with the primary processing sector’s share of that total growing £81 million, or 8.5%, to £1.02 billion and accounting for 4200 direct jobs.
McClaren added that it was vital to maintain critical mass in the Scottish livestock industry.
“Any concern that an increase in stock numbers could undermine producer prices needs to be balanced against the potential impact on the future competitiveness of the whole red meat chain,” he said.
ANM Group announced on Friday that it was selling its portfolio of meat processing businesses, stating that management had decided to refocus on its traditional core business of auction and valuation.