Food and drink businesses across Scotland – including Uist and Lewis – have been awarded a share of £5 million to invest in infrastructure, purchase new equipment and upgrade or replace facilities.

In total 30 businesses will receive Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) grants to support the food supply chain, safeguarding 1,386 jobs and creating 97 new ones.

The projects include improving storage facilities for oats, investing in new root vegetable processing equipment and purchasing new equipment to set up a Hebridean charcuterie business.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has underlined the importance of a strong and effective food supply chain and an increased consumer desire for locally produced food. This support will enable established producers and businesses across Scotland look to the future and capitalise on emerging marketing opportunities, as well as offer support to start-up businesses.

“This scheme uses joint Scottish Government and European Union funding to give local businesses a helping hand, helping to ensure the long-term viability of our primary producers. Investing in local producers is an important step to help sustain and create employment opportunities within our rural communities.”

This is the ninth round of the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) scheme which provides start-up and development grants to food and drink suppliers and producers.

North Uist Distillery Ltd – Grimsay, Isle of Noth Uist

Distilling equipment for new distillery for whisky. Business moving to larger premises and want to produce whisky as well as the current gin.

Gross Project Costs: £963,396.81.  Award of £192,679.36

On 16th July 2020 North Uist Distillery announced the acquisition of the iconic Nunton Steadings on the Isle of Benbecula. Nunton Steadings was the scene of several important chapters in island history and is one of the oldest surviving structures in the Western Isles. Now the local landmark is set to be the site of another historic development, as the base for production of the first whisky to be legally distilled in the southern islands of the Outer Hebrides.

 

Hebridean Charcuterie from Croft No. 9 – North Shawbost, Isle of Lewis

New start business. To purchase equipment for the production of charcuterie meat products including a mincer, slicer, sausage stuffer.

Gross Project Costs: £14,011.60.  Award of £5,604.64

 

Other projects aided included:

Knockfarrel Produce - Dingwall

To build and equip a new processing unit, to increase production capacity for its existing vegetable, fruit and pork products.

Gross Project Costs: £39,031.98. Award of £15,612.79

 

John M Munro Limited - Dingwall

The project will involve the construction of a building at the Dingwall facility, the installation of technically advanced plant and equipment, investment in meat manufacturing equipment, roof upgrades and yard area resurfacing.

Gross Project Costs: £713,191.98

Award of £213,957.59