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Funding for food industry

Monday February 11th, 2019

Eighteen projects have been awarded a share of more than £6 million, enabling companies to invest in infrastructure, upgrade or replace facilities, and purchase new equipment, as well safeguarding 345 jobs, and creating 156 new ones across Scotland.flag_3570425Large

The Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) scheme funding includes an award of £808,317 to West Beverages Ltd in Glasgow to create a new production and packaging facility in Scotland, creating 33 full time jobs.

Quality Pork Processors in Brechin were also amongst the recipients, receiving £558,965.40, to increase infrastructure and purchase equipment, helping to safeguard 72 jobs and create a further three jobs in the process.

Welcoming the news, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“Food and Drink continues to be one of Scotland’s success stories of recent years, with a turnover of more than £13.9 billion last year – and directly employing more than 110,000 people across the country.

And the Scottish Government is doing everything we can to support the sector’s long-term ambition to double in value to £30 billion in the next 12 years.

The FPMC 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.”

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