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Funding for food industry

Monday March 25th, 2019

£1.6 million to Aberdeenshire meat processors.scottishgovernment_logo

Nearly 300 full time jobs will be safeguarded and 40 new jobs created in Portlethen following the award of £1.6 million in EU and Scottish Government funding.

Irish-based meat processing company Kepak will use the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) grant to substantially upgrade its Aberdeenshire factory, significantly increasing the amount of beef cattle and lamb currently processed there.

On a visit to the site, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said:

“This is great news for the local area, not just to the hundreds of workers and their families who will welcome the job security this provides, but also because the factory plays a vital role in helping farmers get their quality beef and lamb products ‘from farm to fork’.   

 “In spite of the challenges being presented by Brexit, the Scottish Government continues to help our Food and Drink sector to realise the ambition to double in value to £30 billion over the next 12 years. 

“The FPMC scheme has provided vital financial support to over 200 Scottish food and drink businesses, helping to ensure the long-term viability of our primary producers, and maximise export markets for our fantastic Scottish produce.

“With Brexit looming, this is a timely reminder of how EU funding makes a real difference to the lives of people in rural Scotland – providing millions annually to our farmers, fishermen, and food producers. The UK Government has yet to guarantee much of that funding in the long term, should Scotland be taken out of the EU against its will.” 

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