Robertson’s Fine Foods opens new processing site

Scottish pork and bacon producer John Robertson & Sons, the parent company of Robertson’s Fine Foods of Ayrshire has opened a second processing unit in Irvine, Ayrshire. 

Robertson’s has invested £3 million into the business, partly funded through a six-figure grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The new processing unit is designed to increase capacity and help the business support its existing customer base and expansion into new supply chains.

The 36,000 square foot unit has been entirely renovated inside the existing shell of the building by specialist contractor KDH Projects.

Robertson’s has invested capital in new state-of-art meat processing and cooking equipment, taking steps to ensure the facility is innovative and efficient, working to world-class manufacturing standards. Robertson’s is currently processing more than 1,000 pigs per week, with scope to increase production utilising their second facility. The new site has created 11 jobs, bring the total Robertson’s workforce to 84 employees.

The business recently took its first step into the consumer retail market in 2016. It launched a new brand, ‘Humphrey and Sons’, into Aldi stores across Scotland.

Operations director Richard Straszewskyj said: “We are hugely proud of all the work that has gone into building our new industry-leading processing facility. We are now in a strong position to embark on an ambitious growth strategy that seeks to further cement our place as one of Scotland’s leading pork and bacon producers.

“The new facility will be solely used to produce our exciting product lines and new consumer retail brands, underpinned by quality, value and family tradition. We have made significant investment in our workforce and look forward to creating further new job roles and apprenticeships for people in Ayrshire and the outlying area.”

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