Scottish meat producer Robertson’s has invested £3 million in a second food processing unit in Ayrshire, on the country’s west coast.
The new processing unit in Irvine will increase capacity and help the business to support its existing customer base, as well as expand into new supply chains. The investment was partly funded by a six-figure grant from Scottish Enterprise.
The 36,000-square-foot unit has been entirely renovated inside the existing shell of the building by specialist contractors KDH Projects. The business has invested in new meat processing and cooking equipment, taking steps to ensure the facility is innovative and efficient and working to world class manufacturing standards.
Robertson’s operations director Richard Straszewskyj said: “We are hugely proud of all the work that has gone into building our new industry leading processing facility. We are now in a strong position to embark on an ambitious growth strategy that seeks to further cement our place as one for Scotland’s leading pork and bacon producers.
“The new facility will be solely used to produce our exciting product lines and new consumer retail brands, underpinned by quality, value and family tradition. We have made significant investment in our workforce and look forward to creating further new job roles and apprenticeships for people in Ayrshire and the outlying area.”
The company currently processes over 1,000 pigs per week and has the scope to increase production further with its new facility. Its products include Humphrey and Sons – a brand of sausages, loin joints and ham houghs available in Aldi stores across Scotland.
It turned over £12.5 million in 2015 and employs a total of 84 employees across its two sites.
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