Around 200 jobs are under threat at the Glasgow sausage maker
Enterprise minister Fergus Ewing is to head up a stakeholder group in an effort to secure the future of Glasgow-based Freshlink Foods, which is under the threat of closure.
The Shettleston-based company, part of the ABP Food Group, is the largest private-label frozen sausage supplier in the UK.
ABP announced in June it was looking to relocate the division to another site in England as part of a wider restructuring plan.
Factory staff told union representatives the site had been earmarked for closure because it required a multi-million pound upgrade of its cold storage gas facilities to bring them in line with EU legislation to be introduced in 2014.
That legislation will see the ban of all hydrochloroflurocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant gases by the end of 2014.
ABP commenced a minimum 90-day consultation period at the Glasgow factory on June 22, but said closure of the site was one of a number of options being considered, and a final decision was not expected “for a number of months”.
Mr Ewing met trade union representatives from Usdaw and Unite and local Labour MSP Drew Smith on Tuesday to discuss the future of the firm.
Following that meeting, Mr Ewing announced he will head a stakeholder group to help secure the future for workers at the factory.
The Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) team - the Scottish Government's national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations - has also contacted Freshlink to offer support.
Mr Ewing said: "The Scottish Government is determined to take all action necessary to secure the future of Freshlink in Glasgow.
"I had a productive meeting with representatives of Usdaw and Unite plus workers, management and local politicians.
"Our shared priority is the workers at Freshlink in Glasgow, and we have agreed to form a stakeholder group to work together to secure their future, working closely with Glasgow City Council.
"The Scottish Government and our agencies - Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Skills Development Scotland - have been working closely with Freshlink for the last year to explore alternatives to closure and help secure a long-term future for the company.
"We will continue to do all we can to secure the company's presence in Glasgow and prevent any job losses."