Construction work well under way at Brechin abattoir is set for completion at the end of the year, according to Quality Pork Limited.
The work is part of a multimillion pound investment which will double the slaughter capacity at the Brechin abattoir, and create a state-of-the-art processing facility producing Specially Selected Pork and Red Tractor Pork for a wide range of domestic and export customers.
The work will also enable the slaughtering capacity to increase further in the future as the Scottish pig herd expands.
Quality Pork Limited (QPL), a joint venture between Scottish Pig Producers and Scotlean, took ownership of the site from AP Jess Ltd late last year. The innovative collaboration was brokered by Scottish Agriculture Organisation Society.
The work at Brechin benefitted from Scottish Government grant funding of £2.7m from the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation scheme.
Roderic Bruce, chairman of QPL, said: “The major investment at Brechin abattoir is a fantastic endorsement of the potential for high volume quality pig meat production in Scotland. There is now huge potential for Scottish farmers to get involved and ensure that we match and exceed that aspiration.”
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, added: “It’s great to hear that construction at Brechin is well under way and on track to be completed by the end of this year.
‘‘The aftermath of the closure of Halls of Broxburn was a difficult time for our pig industry so I’m glad to see the new plant taking shape as it heralds a bright future for the Scottish supply chain.
“Scottish farms produce around £81 million of pig meat a year for processing, and the Scottish Government is actively supporting pig farming and the Specially Selected Pork brand.
“I am confident that our recent decision to invest £2.7 million in this project will, in time, increase the size of the Scottish pig herd, add more value right here in Scotland and increase the volume of Specially Selected Pork going into the marketplace.”