Scottish meat firm receives government funding

A producer of cooked and sliced meats, Brown Brothers, has received a total of £803,241.33 from the Scottish government to help with a facility upgrade. 

The bursary comes as part of the latest round of Food Processing, Manufacturing and Cooperation grants in which a total of 15 businesses received a share of £4.6 million (m) to help take operations to the next level. The funding will help the companies to support new products and extend existing lines, or build new facilities.

Based in Dumfries and Galloway, Brown Brothers Manufacturing will use the money to extend its premises and purchase new equipment, enabling the business to make it more competitive, safeguard 567 full-time posts and create 50 new jobs.

“Working in partnership with local and national government will enable an already successful business like Brown Brothers to grow quicker and create further economic development within Dumfries and Galloway,” commented Brown Brothers managing director Alan Hill.

“With the support of Food Processing, Manufacturing and Cooperation grants funding and enabling work by Dumfries and Galloway Council, we will construct a new energy-efficient extension to our meat processing facility and install state-of-the-art production equipment. This will allow us to efficiently increase our throughput capacity to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for our customers in fresh, chilled and frozen cooked meats. This will provide long-term job security and job creation.”

The full list of successful bids are as follows:

James Taylor & Son
Thomas Elder
D A Baillie & Sons
Castleton Fruit Ltd
J P Gray & Sons
M A & M P Stockwell
Caledonia Cider Co
The Start-Up Drinks Lab
Trade Solutions (Scotland) Ltd
WFM Brown
Ardgowan Distillery Company Limited
Brown Brothers (Manufacturing) Limited
Duncan Farms Limited
1994 Enterprises Ltd (Butter Boys)
The Brewers Association of Scotland (TBAS)

“Our food and drink industry is world-renowned for the quality of our wonderful natural larder, and is a key contributor to Scotland’s economy,” said Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, ahead of AgriScot 2017.

“This investment of more than £4.6m will benefit farmers, meat packers and bakers across Scotland and further demonstrates my continuing commitment to supporting and growing that contribution.

“Not only will this funding help to create 90 new jobs, it will help safeguard 820 posts in our rural economy and help our food and drink companies expand their businesses and the products they offer.” 

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