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Brechin is Scotland’s major pork processing site. It was opened in 2016, employing 58 people​ and has been owned by Quality Pork Ltd (QPL), in a close collaboration between Scottish Pig Producers (SPP), and Scotlean, both pig farmer cooperatives, and Pilgrim’s Pride UK Limited.

In a statement, Scottish Pig Producers described the deal as ‘an exciting new development for both companies’, which would ensure a promising future for Scottish pork while supporting existing established markets.

“The completion of this sale will be followed by a short period of time where we work to ensure the seamless transition of QPP into the Browns Food Group,”​ it added.

Long-term market security

Andy McGowan, managing director of Scottish Pig Producers, said: “This fantastic news gives long-term market security for our hard-pressed pig farmers and we are excited to work with Browns Food Group and the skilled team at Quality Pork Processors to develop new and innovative market opportunities for Specially Selected Pork​. It allows us to get back to doing what we do best – family farms cooperating to provide the Scottish public with affordable, nutritious, high quality food.” 

Martin Morgan, executive manager of the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers, commented: “Browns Food Group has a fantastic track record of supporting the Scottish red meat industry and we are delighted that they will be applying their business acumen, strength and experience to the development of this important sector.”

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