Scottish producers to share in £6m grant scheme

By James Ridler contact

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Food and drink businesses in Scotland have benefited from a £6m grant from the Government
Food and drink businesses in Scotland have benefited from a £6m grant from the Government
Food producers in Scotland are set to benefit from a £6m pot provided by the Scottish Government, with the north west of the country receiving the lion’s share.

The funding, provided by the Scottish Government’s Food Processing Marketing Cooperation (FPMC) fund, was designed to help producers invest in infrastructure, upgrade or replace facilities and purchase new equipment.

Six processing companies in the northeast shared £1.77m from the fund, with the highest single award of £715,157 received by producer Aberdeen and Northern Eggs. As full list of the companies that received funding can be found in the box below.

Supporting the sector

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s latest round of funding, rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish Government is doing everything we can to support the sector’s long-term ambition to double in value to £30bn in the next 12 years.

“The FPMC grant scheme is an important part of that ambition, using joint Scottish Government and European Union funding to give local businesses a helping hand, which will ensure the long-term viability of our primary producers, and maximise export markets for our fantastic Scottish produce.”

£13.9bn turnover

The food and drink industry in Scotland had a turnover of more than £13.9bn last year and employed more than 110,000 people. Scotch whisky remained the top of the UK’s food and drink exports list last year, while Salmon, another iconic Scottish product, fell (down 20.1%).

Meanwhile, Scottish food bodies have joined forces to “implore” ​the Government to avoid a no-deal Brexit situation that could cost the industry over £2bn in lost sales a year.

In a joint letter to politicians in all parties, representatives from food trade organisations – including Scotland Food & Drink, Food and Drink Federation Scotland and Quality Meat Scotland – warned of the impact of a no-deal Brexit situation.

FPMC grants - Feb 2019

Company

Location

Council

Award (£)

Duncan Farms

Turriff

Aberdeenshire

445,781.57

Aberdeen & Northern Eggs

Strichen

Aberdeenshire

715,157.86

Stirling Potatoes

Arbroath

Angus

538,298.70

Growers Garden

Cupar

Fife

363,348.00

Mackintosh of Glendaveny

Peterhead

Aberdeenshire

192,618.20

Ardler Potato Co-operative

Blairgowrie

Perth and Kinross

555,532.60

Mackies at Taypack

Errol

Perth and Kinross

356,554.34

D A Baillie & Sons

Glenfarg

Perth and Kinross

43,653.05

Agricultural Management Haddington Ltd

Haddington

East Lothian

101,862.12

Millers of Speyside

Grantown on Spey

Moray

37,374.80

Aberbothrie Potatoes

Blairgowrie

Perth and Kinross

53,562.40

Quality Pork Processors

Brechin

Angus

558,965.40

A Massie & Son

Forres

Moray

260,443.99

Cayley Walton Partners

Foulden

Scottish Borders

70,761.17

The Ardgay Game Factory

Tain

Highland

122,117.64

Grahams the Family Dairy Group

Stirling and Cowdenbeath

Stirling and Fife

682,051.78

AH & HA Brown

Newton Stewart

Dumfries and Galloway

122,681.16

West Beverages

Glasgow

Glasgow City

808,317.24

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