Dutch-owned food group Vion is to create 250 jobs within its Scottish operations.

A “multi-million pound” investment programme, together with support from the Scottish government, will allow Vion to create the roles at two of its facilities, the company said – including at one site where it cut jobs 18 months ago.

Some 100 jobs have been created at the firm’s ‘added value’ plant at Cambuslang, where in January 2009 around 150 cuts were made. The facility now employs 480 staff.

Around 150 jobs have been created at Vion’s chicken processing business at Coupar Angus, where the investment allowed the installation of a finished packing line.

Andrew Fisher, Vion poultry’s regional director for Scotland and the southern region, said: “This is very positive news and just reward for the tremendous efforts not only of the teams at Cambuslang and Coupar Angus, but also through the wider Vion supply chain from our farmers and feed mill operators, through to our production, sales and administration colleagues.”

Vion said that around 234 jobs have now been safeguarded at Cambuslang with the help of a Scottish Enterprise Regional Selective Assistance grant of GBP650,000 (US$1m).

At the start of the year, Vion cut almost half of its workforce at a lamb processing plant in Wales as a result of reduced processing demand for lamb.

A further 180 job cuts were announced a month later at its Haverhill site in Suffolk. Vion had already cut around 820 jobs from its UK operations last year, including the cuts at Cambuslang, after the loss of the company’s deli business with Marks and Spencer.