Malcolm Allan takes on Christmas staff to cope with demand

Scottish meat producer Malcolm Allan has created 20 temporary roles to meet increased demand for its handmade steak pies over the Christmas period.

The Larbert-based firm is predicting a 500% increase in sales of its steak pies over the festive period and expects to sell over half a million portions of pie in major Scottish retailers over Christmas and New Year. It also plans to sell in the region of 100 tonnes of sausage product a week during December.

It has worked with the Bank of Scotland to increase working capital facilities to assist with the seasonal uplift in trading.

The seasonal recruits will supplement the companys 200-strong workforce, supporting the production and packing arm of the family run business. The extra staff will allow a back shift to be implemented, meaning the producer can work around the clock to ensure the much coveted pastry hits shelves in time for the festive rush.

Gordon Allan, managing director at Malcolm Allan, said: The extra hands we bring in over Christmas and New Year ensure that we continue to retain the quality were so well known for and maintain the reputation that we built from our days as a retail butcher. All of our steak pies are still hand filled and hand rolled, with only the highest quality Scotch Beef used. Its one of our most loved products and were very happy to continue to meet customers high expectations at this very special time of year.

Alasdair Swan, relationship director, Bank of Scotland, added: Its great to see Malcolm Allan embarking on another busy Christmas period. Being able to bring on additional staff ensures that the business can keep on delivering the highest quality produce and customer service while continuing to grow.

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