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£10 million in Grants Awarded

Food and drink businesses across Scotland will benefit from a share of more than £10 million to improve supply-chain efficiency, increase production and run feasibility studies – with Angus’ Fairlie Farming Company among the recipients.

33 businesses, large and small, will receive grants ranging from £16,000 to £1.4 million from the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) grant scheme. A total of £294,990.80 has been awarded locally to the Fairlie Farming Company, which produces, packages and markets a variety of crops.

It is seeking funding to create a new potato grading and washing facility with onsite optical sorting. Other projects Scotland-wide include capacity building for a dairy farm to meet the growing demand for its soft cheese, the setting up of a new venison processing operation and installation of solar panels at a butcher premises to reduce carbon footprint and minimise electricity costs.

– Graeme 

This Scottish Government is absolutely committed to supporting Scotland’s rural economy, which is so important locally here in Angus.

This £10 million funding for projects across the country will enable many producers to make real strides forward in a range of areas and help them to thrive.

I was pleased to see Fairlie Farming Company, a local family business here in Angus, among those recipients.

I hope that the funding of their project will help ensure a strong future for the business.

–  Rural Affairs Secretary, Mairi Gougeon

The Scottish Government is supporting investment and expansion in our food and drink sector which offers incredible produce that is enjoyed at home and abroad.

The FPMC scheme has enabled some really exciting projects in the past and I’m confident that this round of funding will play an important role in helping producers continue to deliver high-quality, innovative and nutritious products – securing and creating jobs and boosting the economy.

I look forward to seeing how these grants enable businesses to move to the next level and I wish them the very best.


Full list of recipients.

FPMC is one of a number of funding schemes which make up the Scottish Rural Development Programme.  The scheme provides grant funding to businesses (or groups of businesses) within the Scottish food and drink sector to enable them to:

  • develop or create food processing facilities, including buildings and equipment
  • market products in home and export markets,
  • run pilot projects and feasibility studies
  • run co-operative ventures to ensure more value is retained by both farmers and growers and to improve supply-chain efficiency.