Funding to build new factory on island
Taste of Arran has received s1.6 million from the Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Scheme.
The funding, part of s3.7 million being distributed to Scottish food and drink companies today, will allow the island co-operative to build a factory for producing milk, ice-cream, cheese and oatcakes.
The investment will also create 37 new jobs.
Alastair Dobson, managing director, said: "Taste of Arran is extremely grateful to receive this grant assistance,without which we would be unable to realise our planned relocation andcompany expansion.
"This project will generate significant economicbenefit for Arran through enhanced employment opportunities forexisting staff, and the creation of 37 new jobs.
"Our company is committed to sustaining the island's agriculturalsector, rural community and natural environment, and our ambitiousplans for growth will lead the way for rural development in Scotland,contributing to increased revenue for the island's tourism industry."
Other benificiaries include Glenrath Farms in West Linton which gets s965,227 pounds to extends a packing station and buy a robotic egg grading line and Border Biscuits of Lanark is using s334,692 extend its factory, install a fully automated biscuit production line and enhance its packing equipment.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "The s3.7 million of funding announced today will provide an essential boost to food and drink companies across Scotland, from Huntly to Ayr and from Laurencekirk to Duns.
"It will leverage a further s12.4 million pounds of investment from the companies involved, injecting a total of s16.1 million into Scottish food and drink.
"By investing in these small companies we are helping to capitalise on this flourishing industry and transport the fruits of our natural larder to dinner tables across the globe."