Scottish veg suppliers share £1.3m funding for expansion

Four vegetable growers and processors are among 13 food and drink companies awarded Scottish Government grants totalling almost £3.5 million to expand and diversify production.

Image: Theilr (CC BY SA 2.0)
Image: Theilr (CC BY SA 2.0)

Among the awards, made through the Food Processing, Marketing & Co-operation scheme, are:

  • £635,000 to root vegetable grower and processor Maxwell Farms of Aberdeenshire for a washing, grading, overwrapping and retail packing facility;
  • £279,000 to Kettle Produce of Fife to construct a new complex for cold storage for 4,500 tonnes of swede, carrot, pointed cabbage, cauliflower, kale and courgettes;
  • £245,000 to W & R Logan Partnership of East Lothian to extend its packhouse and install technically advanced cabbage sorting and wrapping equipment;
  • £168,000 to vegetable processor McDonald Agri of Angus for the construction of a packhouse and for processing equipment.

Other awards from the £3.5m total pot go to companies in the meat, dairy and drinks sectors.

Announcing the awards, Scotland's rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: "These awards will support sustainable cooperation and collaboration from primary production and processing to the market, so industry can continue to flourish."

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