MSP welcomes funding for Angus firms

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Angus South MSP, Graeme Dey, has welcomed the news that three Angus firms will benefit from awards from the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation scheme.

The Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) scheme is jointly funded by the Scottish Government and the EU.

The funding of £3.7 million investment in 12 Scottish food and drink companies announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Food, Richard Lochhead MSP, will help to create and safeguard hundreds of jobs across Scotland.

The grants will enable the 12 food processing companies to improve, extend or build new facilities, creating 111 new jobs and safeguarding 615 more.

The Angus firms benefitting from this support are:· Stirling Potatoes Ltd (Stirfresh) - £338,688 for a new processing building and equipment.

· Brunton Farms - £73,000 for new grading equipment and a root vegetable polisher.

· JP Gray and Sons – £61,463 to build a new cold store for soft fruit.

Mr Dey said: “Angus has a fantastic food and drink sector and I welcome the opportunities that this round of funding will allow these Angus firms to take advantage of.

“The jobs that this support, which is funded by the Scottish Government and the EU, will help create and safeguard demonstrates how Angus’ food and drink is not just delicious but also good for our economy.”

Mr Lochhead commented: “Scottish food and drink is world-renowned for its quality, taste and provenance and these latest grants will enable 12 more food and drink companies to expand their operations in response to growing demand for our delicious produce.

“This investment will create and safeguard hundreds of jobs, further contributing to the massive success of Scotland’s £14 billion food and drink growth sector.

“It builds on the achievements of our last FPMC scheme which benefited 175 projects across Scotland and supported 8,500 jobs, as well as further investment and export opportunities. These latest awards demonstrate how the Scottish Government and our partners continue to deliver real and tangible support for food production in this country.”