Scotbeef works with school to create burger for Aldi

A new Scotch beef burger has been created by a team of cooks at Lochend Community High School in Glasgow as part of a Scotbeef initiative to get younger people excited about food. 

As part of a competition led by Scotbeef, second-year pupils at the school developed the burger and will see their product stocked in 64 Aldi stores across Scotland from 26 May 2016 as a fresh meat special buy.

Scotbeef has been working with Lochend Community High School for four years on career initiatives with 16- to 18-year-olds, highlighting the varying areas of the business from production operators, technical, engineering and commercial.

Different aspects of the project included market research, product ideas, concept development, factory trials and product launch.

Alison Galloway, head of development innovations at Scotbeef, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Aldi and Lochend Community High School and develop initiatives and projects designed to inspire young people. It is imperative for the future success of our business that we continue to attract, develop and grow our people.”

After two heats, the number of teams taking part was whittled down from eight to two, with the burger from Rebekah Calder, Ryan Kidd and Courtney McNulty chosen by Aldi as the winner.

Runners-up were Neve Campbell, Jordon Lynch, Jordan Judd, Amy Martin and Rheagan Managhan.

Marion MacCormick, corporate buying director at Aldi, said: “Aldi is proud to support local products from throughout Scotland and to have secured a place on our shelves for such young talent is a great testament to the skills of Lochend Community High School’s pupils.

“It’s my pleasure to have been invited to judge this competition and the quality of the burgers was truly exceptional. We look forward to stocking the winning burger and I’m sure our customers will love trying it out while also supporting the school.”

Geraldine Collins, head teacher at Lochend Community High School, said: “I am very proud of all the young people that have been working hard throughout this competition and it has been an enriching learning experience for them. I’d like to thank Scotbeef and Aldi for giving our young people the opportunity to take their ideas from planning to shelf. At Lochend Community High School we encourage our learners to explore a wide range of skills and it has been great to be able to show them potential career opportunities in such a practical manner.”

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