13 food and drink producers have been awarded grants totalling almost £3.5 million to diversify and expand operations.
Recipients include Douglas Laing & Co Ltd who have been awarded over £855,000 to help fund the construction of a new distillery in Govan, Glasgow, and Maxwell Farms Limited to expand their vegetable processing plant in Aberdeenshire.
Kettle Produce Ltd from Cupar, Fife, are awarded £279,000 to construct a new complex capable of short and long term cold storage for 4,500 tonnes of swede, carrot, pointed cabbage, cauliflower, kale and courgettes.
The awards have been made through the Food Processing, Marketing & Co-operation grants awarded by the Scottish Government, totalling £3.5 million.
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Speaking about the awards, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, environment and culture, and the quality of our produce is world renowned.
“We are announcing £3.5 million of new funding for 13 organisations across Scotland which will support sustainable cooperation and collaboration from primary production and processing to the market, so industry can continue to flourish.
“I congratulate each recipient of these awards, and wish them the best of luck for the future.”