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21/06/13 09:47

Distilling for success

159 new jobs being created in food and drink sector

19 Scottish food and drink companies have been awarded grants worth around £8.5 million in the latest round of funding by the Scottish Government.

A further 6 firms have been awarded £546,000 through the food Marketing Development scheme. The latest awards from the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) scheme now means that since 2009 175 Scottish projects have benefitted from £47 million in support.

Five whisky companies across Scotland have received grants that will enable them to build new distilleries and storage facilities and also create 40 new jobs.

Food processing companies ranging from cheese manufacturers to meat processors have also received grants to improve, extend or build new facilities.

Companies that have received grants include:

  • Adelphi, Ardnamurchan - £1,772,406 to build a new distillery
  • Ballindalloch, Aberdeenshire - £1,274,684 to build a new micro distillery and warehouse
  • Grahams Dairies, Nairn - £482,770 to purchase a new site for yoghurt and cottage cheese lines
  • Rannoch Smokery, Kinloch Rannoch - £138,211 to upgrade the factory and meat curing line
  • St Andrews farmhouse Cheese, Pittenweem - £22,111 to purchase manufacturing and storage equipment

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“Food and drink is one of Scotland’s greatest success stories. It’s fitting that the £8.5 million in FPMC support is being announced at the Royal Highland Show where so many Scottish companies are displaying their delicious produce.

“The growth and success of the Scottish drinks’ industry is continuing and this funding will benefit several companies across Scotland and support the creation of new jobs, further investment and export opportunities.”

Keith Falconer, Chairman of Adelphi Distillery Ltd said:

“Adelphi is delighted to have been awarded this FPMC grant towards the construction of its Ardnamurchan Distillery. This will represent a new, greener direction for Scotch whisky production, combining minimum environmental impact and maximum sustainable efficiency to create the very highest quality Scottish product.

“We are also committed to ensuring that the distillery benefits the wider food chain, from 100% Scottish-sourced malting barley to the provision of natural distillery by-products for local farms and crofts. Working together, we will be in an even stronger position to make this investment a success for the local community”

Robert Graham, Managing Director Graham’s The Family Dairy said:

"Dairy is obviously a key sector for the Scottish food and drink industry and we're delighted that has been recognised with this funding. It will allow us to accelerate capital investment at our Bridge of Allan and Nairn sites and will support our strategy of adding capacity and capability to our family dairy business"

Richard Barclay, Managing Director of Rannoch Smokery said:

“We are absolutely delighted to acknowledge receipt of a grant from the Scottish Government. This will enable us to develop and produce a fantastic new range of charcuterie meats and without support this simply would not have been possible.”

Notes to editors

All grant awards are subject to confirmation of eligible expenditure.

The Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme is part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme.

Full list of companies awarded money in this round of funding is available: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Food-Industry/granttimetable/pmcgawards/awardsjune2013

Details of past awards can be accessed here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Food-Industry/granttimetable/pmcgawards