Larry Goodman-owned ABP Food Group has announced a £17 million (€19.3 million) investment in its Perth processing plant in Scotland which will see the creation of 80 jobs.
The redevelopment which was announced by Fergus Ewing, Scottish cabinet secretary for the rural economy and connectivity, includes an extension and upgrade of the facility’s chilled storage area, dry goods storage, maturation and meat production facilities as well as staff amenities.
The announcement follows a further £3 million (€3.4 million) investment in cold storage and refrigeration facilities at the site over the past year.
ABP has had a presence in Scotland since 1982 and acquired the Perth facility in 1997. ABP Perth employs 280 staff and works with 1,600 farmers from across Scotland and has recently started to source all of its electricity from renewable sources.
Tom Kirwan, managing director of ABP’s UK division, said the improvements would benefit everyone at the company.
“We look forward to beginning work and transforming Perth into one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the UK,” he said. “The improvements will benefit everyone from our farmer suppliers through to our colleagues and the local economy.”
ABP said the Perth plant had also played a “key role” in helping the company achieve quadruple accreditation from the Carbon Trust in recognition of the progress it is making in reducing its environmental impact.