Pate firm’s £5m investment for Kirkcudbright

A £5 million investment has been confirmed for a Kirkcudbright pate factory, bringing potential for more employment in the town for the future.

The news that Castle MacLellan’s parent company Kavli has injected the cash has been welcomed by the town, which lost a major employer when the MilkLink creamery closed its doors early in 2010.

Now building work is set to begin, subject to planning permission, in January 2014 with completion by September.

The funds will be used to expand and streamline production areas within the factory which employs about 80 staff, and improvements will also be made to the storage facilities, amenities and services at the factory.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said:“Clearly local residents nearby will want to see what the detailed expansion plans are at the site, but in the current economic climate any major investment in local jobs is positive news.

“It seems to be a real vote of confidence in the Kirkcudbright site and in particular the 80 strong local workforce. “I hope this will not only secure existing jobs but maybe lead to an expansion in the number of people employed in the future. Job creation is unquestionably the biggest challenge facing the local economy and I am keen to hear more about the proposals from the company in the lead up to work beginning on site in January.”

Elaine McConnell, general manager at Castle MacLellan Foods, said that the move demonstrates the confidence the firm’s parent company has in Kirkcudbright and praised the hard work of staff within the firm.

She added that Castle MacLellan Foods would be “working closely with the local community over the coming months” to keep them informed of its plans and to ensure “minimal disruption to residents” when building work gets under way.

The company has partnerships with various food supply chains locally and across Scotland.