Scottish wholesaler back in business after fire

A Scottish meat wholesaler has resumed trading just months after fire devastated its meat processing plant.

Campbells Prime Meat was forced to cancel meat orders after a fire ripped through its Broxburn cutting plant in May, but the company has now relocated to a £6m new facility near Falkirk.

All 300 staff have kept their jobs and the new 17 acre site is 20% larger than the original facility, so will allow for future expansion. The company plans to invest a further £2.5m fitting the new processing plant out with the latest equipment.

Christopher Campbell, managing director of Campbells Prime Meat Ltd, said: “It was a terrible shock for everyone connected with Campbells Prime Meat Ltd to see our main meat cutting facility up in flames. We are delighted however to have managed to find a suitable location close by so that the staff are not significantly affected.

"We remain very close to the main distribution networks, in fact just 2 minutes from the M9 motorway and equidistant from Glasgow and Edinburgh. "

Campbells Prime Meat is one of Scotland’s largest meat buyers, spending between £30-40 million each year on buying the best quality beef, pork and lamb from farms across Scotland.

Before the fire, the company was supplying hotels, restaurants and foodservice clients across Scotland, including Michelin starred chef Martin Wishart and footballing giants Rangers and Celtic.

Campbell added: “Suppliers and our customers have been very sympathetic to our plight and we are grateful for that. Many customers are continuing to trade with us for fish and we are very confident to regain any lost meat business since we will be back in full production only 12 weeks from the fire. We have had numerous very positive messages of support from customers.”

The move to the Falkirk area has been welcomed by Falkirk Council. Cllr Craig Martin said, “Its terrible news for any business to see your premises destroyed by fire but Falkirk Council is delighted to have been able to play its part in saving 300 jobs at Campbells Prime Meat and to see such a successful business return to normal trading with just a short break.”

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