ABP Food Group is investing GBP17m (US$22.7m) to redevelop its meat processing plant in Perth, Scotland, in a move that will create 80 jobs.

The Ireland-based meat processor said the project includes the extension and upgrade of the plant’s cold-storage area, its maturation and meat production facilities, and staff amenities. The Scottish government is lending support to the programme, which was announced by Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity.    

A year ago, ABP Food invested GBP3m in cold storage and refrigeration facilities at the same Perth plant.

ABP has been operating out of Scotland since 1982 and acquired the Perth site in 1997 where 280 staff are currently employed. The company said it works with 1,600 farmers across Scotland. In the UK as a whole, the firm supplies fresh and frozen meat and meat-free products. 

Tom Kirwan, managing director of ABP’s UK division, said: ”We look forward to beginning work and transforming Perth into one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the UK. The improvements will benefit everyone from our farmer suppliers through to our colleagues and the local economy. It will create eighty additional jobs on site and provide significant employment during the construction phase.” 

In April, ABP’ Ireland’s Clones plant in County Monaghan was among three Irish beef-processing factories to gain access to China with approval to ship frozen boneless beef products.